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Facility Management

Facility Management

July - August 2020

Facility Management is Australasia's premier independent magazine addressing the needs of professional building and property managers and their suppliers. Readers are interested in the latest information regarding the operation, efficiency and design of commercial buildings.

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Australia
Kieli:
English
Julkaisija:
Niche Media Pty Ltd
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Bimonthly
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4,07 €(sis. verot)
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2 min
editor's letter

Getting through the past few months has been a steep learning curve for all professionals as we’ve had to relearn how to get our jobs done while managing a very real threat. This issue takes a look at COVID-19 from a number of angles, weighing up recent events, assessing the damage and envisioning ways forward. You’ll see the words ‘post COVID-19’ pop up a few times, as our contributors discuss emerging from the threat to face a new era of ongoing wariness, global isolation and economic uncertainty. It’s all a little grim, but we must count ourselves lucky as we witness the world news headlines unfolding every day. Any talk of ‘post COVID-19’ should still be read as future facing, though; as I write this, an alarming spike of cases in…

5 min
news roundup

Federal Government prioritises inland rail and Tasmania power cable, among efforts to fast-track infrastructure jobs Prime Minister Scott Morrison has given priority status to a range of large infrastructure projects, as part of his Government’s efforts to get Australia’s businesses and economy “out of ICU” as we weather COVID-19 and economic recession. The projects include the $10 billion inland rail project between Melbourne and Brisbane, the Marinus power link between Tasmania and Victoria, the expansion of the Olympic Dam in South Australia and the Snowy 2.0 hydro venture. Fifteen major projects in total will be fast-tracked, which Morrison expects to create 66,000 direct and indirect jobs. Others include emergency town water projects in New South Wales and road, rail and iron ore projects in Western Australia. Morrison has also flagged deregulation…

1 min
new fm products

Kaesor Compressors i.Comp Tower T series oil free compressors These all-in-one compressed air systems are ideal wherever an oil free and compact compressed air system is required, such as in breweries and food production to medical applications, laboratories and automotive workshops. The iComp Tower T series can manage ambient temperatures of up to 45 degrees Celsius. Low vibration bearings and a sound insulating PE hood make for quiet operation and units have a footprint smaller than one square metre. ABB RoomTouch KNX swipe device Statista predicts the number of IoT devices worldwide to exceed 75 billion by 2025. ABB RoomTouch control device features a modern, sleek design that allows users to control every element of their smart room, including opening and closing blinds, dimming lights, controlling audio and HVAC, simply by swiping the…

2 min
robots and coronavirus

From disinfectant-spraying drones to droid-like machines that roll around hospitals to safely collect samples from potentially infected patients, robots are having a moment in the midst of this crisis. In fact, ground and aerial robots are playing key roles in almost every aspect of managing the pandemic response around the world. In hospitals, doctors, nurses, visitors and reception staff are using robots to interact with patients from a safe distance. Robots disinfect rooms, deliver meals and prescriptions and handle extra work resulting from a surge in patients. Drones are spraying disinfectant throughout public spaces in cities in India and China. Automation always rings alarm bells for many about lost jobs. As it currently stands, however, a majority of these robots are controlled by humans who would, in normal circumstances, perform these tasks…

8 min
in our nature

Biophilia, translating to a love of nature, describes human beings’ instinctual desire to be surrounded by and connected to the natural world. Instilled over hundreds of thousands of years, during which time we evolved, learned to survive, reside and flourish in nature, the connection has been alluded to throughout human history since the ancient Greek philosophers, though it only received its name much more recently. Today, it is explored and applied in the sciences, design, architecture and urban planning – and it has many implications for facility managers. How can a window overlooking trees increase employee productivity? How can pot plants in a hospital expedite patient recovery times? How can water features minimise absenteeism among staff? More importantly, what can be learned by this human urge and how can we apply…

2 min
fourteen patterns

Terrapin Bright Green’s ‘14 Patterns of Biophilic Design, Improving Health and Well-Being in the Built Environment’ white paper gives a comprehensive breakdown of biophilic design principles, broken into the three tenets of Nature in the Space, Natural Analogues and Nature of the Space. Here they are – can you think of ways to introduce any of these in your facility? NATURE IN THE SPACE The incorporation of plants, water and animals into the built environment. 1. VISUAL CONNECTION WITH NATURE: A view to elements of nature, living systems and natural processes. 2. NON-VISUAL CONNECTION WITH NATURE: Auditory, haptic, olfactory or gustatory stimuli that engender a deliberate and positive reference to nature. 3. NON-RHYTHMIC SENSORY STIMULI: Stochastic and ephemeral connections with nature that may be analysed statistically but may not be predicted precisely. 4. THERMAL AND AIRFLOW…