Collaboration, Energy Efficiency, Facilities Management

Collaborative Facilities Management System

A collaboration platform where people can work together to improve operational and energy efficiencies in buildings.

In 2006 authors Jason Morris and Stephen Ballesty described their vision of a future facilities management system, at the world famous Sydney Opera House (SOH) in AN INTEGRATED COLLABORATIVE APPROACH FOR FM – SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE FM EXEMPLAR.

These authors noted some best practices already in place at SOH, and described an integrated, collaborative approach to facilities management that they felt could lead to improved processes at this unique facility.

Here are some excerpts from this paper:

On using the physical building as an “information system”
To work without accurate drawings, the SOH has developed a pragmatic and very useful way of dealing with that information. Basically the Opera House itself is used as “information system”. For example, many external pipes and ducts have been colour coded, objects such as equipments and installations have been labelled and almost all objects (doors, rooms, etc) have a unique ID. Several information systems for tracking maintenance operations and keeping track of assets have been installed and make use of the unique IDs.

On creating an integrated collaboration platform
The integration of different sources of information such as building information, maintenance information, service history and performance information, benchmark information, and business information can improve facility management operations in general. For example, queries retrieving bad performing objects can be cross checked with maintenance schedules.

The future integrated FM system supports collaborative FM activities and processes. It provides integrated information sources for sharing and use by facility managers, contractors and staffs employed. This enables improvement of collaborations on the operational level and faster and more effective facilities management processes.

If these ideas appeal to you, check out this paper and talk to us about how BuiltSpace can help you adopt these best practices today.

About Rick Rolston

Rick is CEO of BuiltSpace Technologies Corp. (Vancouver Canada). BuiltSpace provides integrated building information management services to help building stakeholders create more sustainable and valuable building ecosystems.



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