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Facility Management

Facility Management December - January 2018

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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2 min
editor's letter

While most of us enjoy nostalgia, it’s very likely that facilities managers don’t necessarily long for the days before technology made their lives – and their jobs – much more straightforward. The rise of IoT and its use in driving ever greater improvements and solutions is a boon, especially when it can read the symptoms before a piece of key equipment fails. For a lot of organisations, it’s a no-brainer to implement from a cost-benefit perspective and certainly helps the facility management industry better manage the life cycle of assets and buildings. Although the signs of change are clear, FM experts still characterise our industry as somewhat conservative. Our lead feature this issue looks at the wonders of augmented and virtual reality technology and discusses whether it’s being seen as an opportunity…

4 min
rockwell invests in ai for automation

Rockwell Automation recently announced its investment in The Hive, a Silicon Valley innovation fund and co-creation studio, in order to gain access to an ecosystem of innovators and technology start-ups with a focus on applications of artificial intelligence (AI) to industrial automation. Rockwell Automation’s goals include co-creating to solve customer problems, accelerating innovation and identifying new emerging technologies that can help its manufacturing customers improve business performance by bridging the gaps between plantfloor and higher-level information systems. “Smart manufacturing requires the use of new and disruptive technologies such as AI to create the future industrial plants and supply networks that are flexible, efficient, responsive and secure,” says Elik Fooks, senior vice president for corporate development. “AI can help manufacturers unlock data, contextualise it and take action. We continue to create partnerships with leading…

2 min
green infrastructure needed to future-proof the city

A review by masters of urban policy students at UNSW (University of New South Wales) has found that a new approach to green infrastructure that involves better funding and regulation is essential to keep pace with Sydney’s population growth and housing density. The research comes on the back of the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) calling for public submissions to its review of the costs developers pay to provide water, sewerage and stormwater infrastructure to new developments. “There is a common misconception among developers and governments that green infrastructure costs too much. We’ve been able to show that, when green infrastructure is valued accurately, this is not the case,” says UNSW urban policy student Alex Lawrie. “Often green solutions reduce the overall cost of stormwater in new developments, and keep maintenance…

2 min
new fm products

RH Mereo A Scandinavian sensation designed for you The human body has always been RH’s greatest inspiration, ever since the company was founded in 1977. Our vision, when designing RH Mereo, was to create a chair that performs as well as the individual sitting in it. RH Mereo delivers uncompromising ergonomics and exudes innovative design from every angle. The chair encourages movement and reduces the negative effects of static sitting. Instead, RH Mereo helps you to maintain the optimum sitting position, for better concentration and improved performance. RH Mereo is the ultimate chair for the high performance individual, but with its user-friendly technology, it is also ideal for multi-user environments. www.flokk.com/rh Lupin Site Audit Management Software World class software to manage hazardous building materials. Lupin Site Audit Management software provides a sophisticated application to…

11 min
seeing what’s real

It’s the bane of every facility manager’s existence – vital equipment hidden behind walls, in ceilings or under floors. When the system fails, the consequences are likely to be expensive at best and catastrophic at worst. Frustration and inconvenience to occupants is an added level of complexity a facility manager doesn’t need. But what if we could ‘see through walls’? X-ray vision is not the stuff of science fiction, rather a technology making the most of advances in augmented reality (AR) through the Internet of Things (IoT). Imagine an asset tag or QR (quick response) code sitting unobtrusively on a wall, linked to a hidden asset, and giving vital feedback about the asset’s precise location, performance and maintenance needs – directly to a facility manager’s phone, tablet or computer. AR and virtual reality…

1 min
workplace virtual lab

Earlier this year Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions (BGIS) launched what it called a world first ‘mixed reality’ program for the property and FM industry, in conjunction with Trimble Real Estate and Workplace Solutions. The technology uses Microsoft HoloLens, a self-contained holographic computer that helps people interact with holograms around them. A number of pilot programs have been initiated looking at real-time holographic visualisation of critical maintenance workflows, context-related operational data overlaid in the physical space, Building Information Modelling (BIM) integration and remote real-time collaboration. BGIS also uses Trimble’s Manhattan integrated workplace management system, the data from which will be displayed in the mixed reality environment, giving a greater ability to visualise and streamline work processes. “We are excited to be collaborating with BGIS to explore technologies that will profoundly impact the future of…