“Omega is a Grade 'A' Database”

Dave Thomson, Principal Policy Officer, Aberdeenshire Council

April 2009

Aberdeenshire Council have been awarded an "A" Grade for Asset Management following a recent inspection carried out by the Scottish Housing Regulator.

The Council have been using the Omega housing asset management database from Concept Informatics for over 10 years. Dave Thomson, Principal Policy Officer, implemented the system and developed procedures in-house to meet the long term requirements of the Housing Service in terms of future maintenance programmes, rent setting, data analysis and legislation.

The Omega database is particularly flexible. It has been substantially adapted since 1997 and its uses are growing continuously. More than 60 people are regular users of the system. Documents such as photographs, drawings, certificates and rent details are accessed over the Council’s intranet. This flexibility was demonstrated when adapting the database to incorporate the requirements of an Asbestos Register, the Scottish Housing Quality Standard (SHQS) and recently Energy Performance Certificates (EPC).

Geoff Davison, senior consultant with Concept Informatics, has worked closely with the technical team at Aberdeenshire Council. Niall Beattie, Technical Officer said that the help of Concept Informatics has been invaluable in helping us achieve the “A” grade from the Inspection carried out by the Scottish Housing Regulator. We work well together and hope to be working with Geoff and Omega for many years to come”.

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