GCU wins new KTP overhauling IT systems for effective asset management

19 September 2011

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JMP is working with Glasgow Caledonian University on a two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), which will develop a revolutionary new IT system for the business.

Founded in 1983, JMP has evolved from a traditional chartered quantity surveyor’s practice with a background in public sector housing into an organisation offering a range of services including quantity surveying, stock condition surveys, energy performance certification and asset management.

JMP’s work in the social housing sector includes new build housing, comprehensive refurbishment, major repairs or ongoing maintenance and renewal contracts and range from several million pounds to a few thousand. Recent projects have seen JMP expand its portfolio into the health care sector with a number of new residential and nursing homes being built for large private health care providers.

The company developed a Stock Information Database (SID), a web-based property database allowing JMP and a small number of clients, including housing associations and local authorities, to view and amend property details and to define and produce reports on aspects of Scottish Housing Quality Standard Surveys.

JMP is now aiming to take its database systems up to the next level of development and expand the functionality of the system.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is a UK-wide programme enabling businesses to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance. A KTP achieves this through the forming of a partnership between the business and the University, enabling access to skills and expertise to help the business develop.

JMP plans for the new IT system to provide full information about housing stock, investment and project management for effective asset management.

Professor Tom Buggy of Glasgow Caledonian University’s School of Engineering and the Built Environment will lead and oversee the KTP project.

JMP Managing Director and Owner Graeme Reid says of the KTP: "Working with Glasgow Caledonian University, we will undertake a review of the systems we currently have. The benefit of the KTP route is that we can access a reasonable grant award so we are getting access to skills and resources we couldn’t afford otherwise. The other benefit is the depth or resource that a large University has, as the KTP associate will be supported by a larger academic expert base.”

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