e-PIMS shortlisted for two awards

The Cabinet Office’s electronic Property Information and Mapping Service (e-PIMS) continues to win recognition.

The latest exciting news is that it has been shortlisted for two prestigious awards – the Property Week All Stars Awards and National Outsourcing Association (NOA) Awards.

For the last 10 years, CDS has been the development partner and systems administrator for e-PIMS.

What is e-PIMS?

For over a decade the UK’s entire Central Civil estate and land assets have been managed using e-PIMS, a location-based asset management system based on an Ordnance Survey GIS core.

The Government Property Unit, a unit within The Cabinet Office, is the controller of e-PIMS. GPU is a central government department that determines and implements property asset management policy across the majority of public sector organisations. Through e-PIMS its priorities are to support the delivery of:

  • The UK’s public sector £21.5bn annual property efficiency targets
  • £3bn saving in central Government procurement
  • Ongoing improvement in the success rate of mission critical projects.

And to support services that identify cost saving opportunities in the estate by:

  • creating an effective and efficient government estate
  • providing value for money for the taxpayer
  • disposing of surplus property in a way that maximises financial return
  • boosting growth and creating new homes.

Why is e-PIMS so important?

The system provides easy access to maps, photos and detailed information, including tenure, property measurements, occupancy, utilization and environmental measures. It also holds floor plans to handle any estate planning or management need, from strategic estate rationalization and demolition to new build ‘hub’ sites and alternative accommodation sites for business continuity planning.

Headline Estate Footprint managed in e-PIMS: 278,848,390 square feet or 26million m2 of floor and land under management. That’s an area the size of 7,000 football pitches or the same total area managed by some mid-tier Global Property management agencies.

Headline Growth: At the beginning of the CDS management responsibility there were 8,846 government properties under management. Today there are 192,597 properties in the system. Twenty-one times the number of properties, representing a growth in usage of a staggering 2170% in the period.

From the initial 25 central government departments, there are now nearly 1,000 separate UK government public bodies using the system. More than 3,000 property management personnel log into the system. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland use the service and beginning 2016/17 the local authorities in England have elected to join the platform, sparking a new phase in growth. As the system is web based, these additional users will join the platform, and increase the benefits created through using the system, with virtually no additional costs.

e-PIMS established the defacto Open Data standard for property data exchange (CECA) – allowing other 3rd party systems to interact with data.
CDS believe e-PIMS is the largest single owner/occupier property data set under management in Europe, if not the world.

About the awards

Property Week All-Stars celebrates excellence across all areas of the management of real estate – from Assured Shorthold Tenancy and block residential, multi-occupier office and retail, to industrial and logistics. The awards event is on 26 October and e-PIMS has been nominated as the Property Management System of the Year.

The NOA Awards is for Best Practice in Outsourcing and awards ceremony takes place on 10 November 2016. The winners represent the length and breadth of the outsourcing industry, from banking to telecoms, small companies to major corporates. The NOA Awards are completely independent and are the most highly respected and coveted awards within the outsourcing industry. e-PIMS has been nominated for Public Sector Outsourcing Project of the Year.

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