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Best Practices: Collaborate Your Way to Excellence.

Landing on the moon. Summiting Mount Everest. Exploring the Poles or ocean depths. Winning championships or winning a great client. Great things happen when people work together. Collaboration is the key to many accomplishments. Michael Sampson defines collaboration as – “People working with other people towards a common outcome.” Business is fast shifting landscape. It’s … Continue reading

Key Attributes for becoming Best-in-Class in Facilities Management

It’s only $29.74. That’s maybe the price of a decent bottle of wine, or a pair of cheap sunglasses. But this $29.74 is what separates being the best from being at the bottom. According to a 2010 Aberdeen Group study work order costs for a best in class operated facility was $4.18, whereas the laggards outlay … Continue reading

Facilities Management Best Practices – Strategy vs. Execution

Without strategy a business is aimless and blind. Strategy is an articulation of vision and element of success. Out of competitive fear many businesses consider their strategic documents top secret. “For your eyes only” makes for a great Bond movie, but frankly your competitors already know your strategy. For the most part they have you … Continue reading

Are “Best Practices” a Myth?

Best practices have essentially become the art of copying everyone else. I believe a better term to use is “smart practice.” It’s time to change the perspective a bit. Investigating “best practices” is good. Seeing what others are doing, and generating ideas about how to do things better can definitely help you achieve greater efficiencies. … Continue reading

Quality assurance in the built environment. It’s all about being connected!

Quality A measure of excellence or a state of being free from defects, deficiencies and significant variations. It is brought about by strict and consistent commitment to certain standards that achieve uniformity of a product in order to satisfy specific customer or user requirements. Our industry has focused, for far too long, on the idea … Continue reading

Facilities Management isn’t a desk job. Put your FM system in your pocket.

In the past, technology has shaped our business processes with computerized maintenance systems, where the data is collected in the field, usually on paper, and updated after the fact back at the desk. Often, the paperwork didn’t get done. Mobile technology promises to change these processes, to allow you to access and manage the information … Continue reading

The As-built Drawing Challenge

Do you have a current drawing management system that actually helps find what you need when you need it? Can you find the right one easily? Most organizations have rooms full of paper drawings, computers full of nested files and folders full of numbered and cryptically coded PDF’s or DWG’s.  Often one person acts as … Continue reading

BuiltSpace: Better Building Management

BuiltSpace’s integrated, collaborative facilities management solution brings all your building information into one place, in the cloud, available from almost any mobile device or computer. BuiltSpace integrates people and the physical building, using machine readable QR codes to identify spaces and equipment, allowing stakeholders to effectively, and efficiently, work together improve their built environment.

Best Practice in Building Maintenance. Reactive, Preventative or Predictive?

Best Practice in Building Maintenance. Reactive, Preventative or Predictive?.

Managing Buildings Using Mobile Forms Powered by Location Specific Data Part 2

In part 1 we discussed that mobile forms when used correctly, can significantly increase operational efficiencies.   By using digital forms for inspections and data collection on hand-held devices we can give field operators access to location-specific building information.  Using these same devices they can update the building information database in the field.  This real-time two-way data access and update saves time by reducing the  amount of … Continue reading

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