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Facility Management

Facility Management October - December 2019

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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1 min
editor’s letter

Sustainability is a nebulous and often misunderstood topic. Closely associated with waste management, its scope is actually far broader, covering everything from supply chain selection to predictive maintenance. In a sustainable environment, waste management is actually the last resort; one considered only when all the potential uses for the material has been exhausted. Though we are still a distance away from the circular economy heralded by experts as the solution to our sustainability challenges, this issue highlights the many ways FMs can move one step closer to making it possible. We look at the overarching impact of Australia’s recycling crisis and ask whether there’s a potential silver lining for facility managers, explore the innovative ways Vicinity Centres and Regis Aged Care have established themselves as leaders in sustainable practice and…

3 min
news roundup

Vicinity Centres reveals plans for major video gaming and esports venue at Emporium Melbourne Video game arcades may mostly be a remnant of a bygone era, but that doesn’t mean there’s no longer potential for facilities to cater for the gaming audience. In early September, property management group Vicinity Centres and Fortress Esports revealed a new video gaming and esports entertainment venue set to open at Emporium Melbourne in early 2020. Designed for everyone from gamers to families and tourists to Melbourne, Fortress Melbourne will feature a 200-seat purpose-built esports arena, more than 160 gaming PCs, console gaming suites, dedicated streamer pods, RPG and tabletop game play area, function rooms, a full-service restaurant and two bars. Spanning 2700 square metres across two levels, the facility will be one of the largest integrated gaming destinations…

1 min
new fm products

Avery Industrial Labels Avery Products has introduced a range of heavy duty sign and label products so businesses can provide safety messages in warehouses, laboratories, offices and other facilities where human safety can be jeopardised. Businesses can design and print safety labels and signs immediately wherever they have access to a laser printer, instead of having to wait long periods for professionally printed materials to arrive at sites where they are needed. The Avery industrial range offers labels in a wide range of sizes and substrates to cover every situation. Printable in minutes for free using Avery design and print software, managers can have a sign or label ready to use almost instantly. www.averyproducts.com.au/industrial-solutions Dyson Airblade Wash+Dry The new Dyson Airblade Wash+Dry hand dryer combines a tap and hand dryer that dries hands in…

2 min
floor cleaning tech a preview for near-future automation

In the first quarter of 2020, Tennant will release the T7AMR autonomous floor scrubber in Australia. While the machine certainly appears to look like those already in use in facilities across the nation, it’s what can be found inside that counts. Powered by advanced vision-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) system BrainOS, the T7AMR can be turned on and left to do its job in a real world environment without further input from staff. HOW DOES IT SEE? Perhaps the most common question facility managers and users alike want answered is 'how does the T7AMR see?'. The machine uses three types of cameras that combine to identify the environment it has been deployed in, localise its position within that environment and detect and avoid obstacles. Two Light Detection and Ranging sensors known as LIDARs scan…

8 min
how fms can help clean up the recycling mess

For decades, getting rid of Australia’s unwanted waste was a matter of ‘out of sight, out of mind’. In 2018, Australia exported close to 4.5 million tonnes of garbage overseas, much of it to China. And it wasn’t only Australia. The rest of the developed world was also exporting its plastics, paper and other waste to China. This trade was a useful piece of business for all concerned. Developed nations had a dumping ground for excess waste and China paid reasonable prices for materials its inventive local manufacturers could turn into cheap goods for domestic consumers. That changed when China implemented its National Sword policy at the start of 2018, plunging nations like Australia into a ‘recycling crisis’. The aim of National Sword, which evolved from the Chinese Government’s 2013 Operation Green…

6 min
how vicinity centres achieved a 4 star green star rating

Sustainable practice has become an increasingly hot topic across all aspects of Australian life. Where once we turned off the light when leaving a room for the sake of our electricity bill, now our responsibility can be measured on a global scale. For those of us operating commercial facilities, that responsibility is greatly amplified. In Australia, non-residential buildings are responsible for 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions1, 7.7 percent of final energy consumption2, 10 percent of water consumption3 and 49 percent of waste4. The need to ensure our facilities are efficient and sustainable is growing, as is scrutiny of our efforts. It’s critical, therefore, for facility managers to have a common framework through which they can determine the extent of their efforts and a guide by which they can improve them. In…