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Facility Management February - March 2017

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 comment

As our first issue of FM for 2017 went to print, the Federal Government outlined an ambitious plan for ‘contactless’ immigration processing at Australia’s airports with an introductory program likely to be rolled out in Canberra later this year. Biometric sensors will scan our irises as we walk under a gantry, making the journey from bag drop to boarding as seamless as possible. While it seems like the stuff of science fiction, it’s all too real and coming to a facility near you. This issue focuses on technology and data – and the benefits for the legions of people who use our major office buildings, shopping centres, airports and health facilities. Like the airport sensors that will allow you a streamlined experience through immigration screening, we’ll see the buildings of the future…

4 min

Building giant Multiplex has delivered a two-year major redevelopment project at 161 Sussex Street in Sydney, home to the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The former Four Points by Sheraton Sydney was rebranded earlier this year; Multiplex was appointed to refurbish the existing building, plus construct a new convention centre and an additional 25-storey tower, adding 222 guest rooms to what has been claimed as Australia's largest hotel. The facility now has a total of 892 rooms and the tower also houses 10 levels of commercial office space. A signifi cant amount of construction took place over the top of the Western Distributor – one of Sydney's major feeder roads from the city to the Harbour Bridge – but caused minimal disruption to the 80,000 vehicles using the road daily and the guests in…

4 min
new fm products

Enhancing workplace health and safety is a high priority for building and facility management professionals. It’s not simply a matter of compliance. A safe and healthy working environment has a direct impact on the well-being of staff, business productivity and the bottom line. The latest figures estimate that work-related injury and illness cost Australian employers, workers and the community over $61.8 billion in a single year. Given the potential impact, it’s critical that every effort is taken to mitigate the potential for work-related illness or injury for employees, customers and visitors to a facility. A key area of focus in any workplace health and safety (WHS) management system is the cleaning protocols and processes. The big challenge is achieving optimal hygiene results and a safe, healthy environment without jeopardising employees’ health through…

10 min
the year of data

While automation and Internet of Things (IoT) have revolutionised building systems, the question has to be asked – does the amount of data generated create value for organisations or add noise? 2017 is shaping up to be the year of data and the implications for facility managers are signifi cant. What do the numbers add up to? How can FM use the insights? Is this just another layer of complexity, or does it create an opportunity? With data comes the need for IT power; technology has also changed the way organisations integrate their systems and their investment approach to the infrastructure required. Chad Gates, the managing director of Pronto Software, says it’s an issue the profession needs to come to grips with. “I’ve seen a lot more willingness to integrate third-party applications to…

4 min
building mechanics

Cheryl Andrews had a peripatetic start to life; born in Penang to an air force family, she spent her early years shuttling between various bases in Sydney, Melbourne and Malaysia. “I was a typical RAAF brat,” she laughs. “And, at the time, I remember relocating [was] very hard; however, I couldn’t be more grateful now to have been exposed to that experience. It has taught me a lot about the need to adapt to diff erent people and environments.” Andrews is the operations manager for Melbourne Facilities Management (MFM) and Asian Pacifi c Car Parking (APCP), part of the Asian Pacifi c Group, a highly successful property development company that has been in existence for over 150 years. She leads the MFM and APCP teams looking after several mixed use commercial buildings…

4 min
prevention is always better than cure

With the importance of quality hydration long acknowledged and accepted, most facility managers already understand the advantages of having instant fi ltered drinking water systems installed in their premises. What they may not be so aware of, however, is that, as with any piece of equipment or technology, regular service and fi lter cartridge replacements are required to ensure that the system is always working at optimal levels, providing quality water and faultless ongoing performance. It makes sense. Facility managers expect their appliances to work and work without fail. They don’t need the distraction or inconvenience of appliance failure. In some industries, of course, this actually can be more than an inconvenience. In the healthcare industry, for example, a working instant fi ltered water system can be critical for the delivery of…