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Facility Management

Facility Management August - September 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

Modern facility managers wear many hats – CEO, CFO, IT expert, HR consultant, security adviser – and require a broad skill set. Perhaps the most important prerequisite for the role, however, is the capacity to take on responsibility. Facility managers are responsible for maintenance, profitability and, of course, people. Providing an environment that is comfortable, functional and safe are key considerations. But how do facility managers ensure the comfort and safety of the people they are responsible for in a world where threats are increasing, whether from terrorism, natural disasters or the effects of climate change? In this edition of FM, we speak to Andrew Travis, chief operating officer of Melbourne and Olympic Parks. In his role, Travis oversees four major stadiums (AAMI Park, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Arena and Margaret…

4 min.
news roundup

MRI Software acquires real estate solutions provider Rockend Global real estate software solution company MRI Software has announced that it has acquired Rockend, the market-leading provider of residential property and strata management solutions in the Australian and New Zealand PropTech sector. “Acquiring Rockend represents a milestone in our global growth strategy, and it substantially extends MRI’s footprint in ANZ while paving the way for enhanced innovation and future expansion”, says Patrick Ghilani, chief executive officer of MRI Software. Providing solutions to close to 6000 clients, Rockend’s technology is used in the management of more than 1.5 million rental properties and 750,000 strata lots in the region. Headquartered in Sydney, its solutions including Property Tree, a cloud-based property management application that, at launch, was the first online solution of its kind in ANZ, server-based…

1 min.
new fm products

simPRO simPRO is a cloud-based operations management system, well-known for its ability to improve the efficiency of service, maintenance and project work. It offers tradespeople and contractors simplified processes, which can be used to manage a range of back-end and customer-facing workflows. Its user-friendly interface and mobile solutions help users to work more efficiently than ever before with automated workflows, detailed insights, digitised processes and more. www.simpro.com.au T600/T600e Walk-Behind Floor Scrubbers The T600/T600e Walk-Behind Floor Scrubbers feature durable construction and a suite of productivity-boosting features. Key features and benefits include a wide range of cleaning heads, a large capacity 121-litre solution tank/140-litre recovery tank, minimalised environmental impact with ec-H2O NanoClean® technology, and easier maintenance thanks to the Smart-Fill® automatic battery watering system. au.tennantco.com Tauro Black Save up to 95 percent in energy savings and eliminate waste light…

3 min.
microsoft report reveals cause of delay in iot implementation

Signal’s goal is to determine trends in the use of IoT, and better align Microsoft’s development strategies with the needs of businesses. What it reveals is that, despite IoT being recognised as critical to the future of work, there are still significant challenges hindering implementation and leaving users exposed. THE FINDINGS The report collates findings from over 3000 interviews with IoT decision-makers in enterprise companies from the US, the UK, Germany, France, China and Japan. Eighty-five percent of respondents say they have an IoT project either in use, or in some stage of development, with 88 percent believing IoT is now critical to the success of their company. Within two years, they expect an average 30 percent return on interest, inclusive of cost savings and efficiencies. Strong numbers to be sure, but there’s a…

8 min.
managing stadiums in an age of heightened threat

Ariana Grande’s sugary pop songs provided a jarring juxtaposition to the brutality of the events that unfolded at Manchester Arena on the night of 22 May 2017. Of the 22 innocent people murdered that night by a suicide bomber in the 21,000-capacity venue, nine were teenagers and one was an eight-year-old girl. The possibility of such tragedies is not something any of us want to think will happen on a night out at a music concert, but, sadly, they are occurring all too often. The Manchester Arena bombing and similar incidents around the world remind us that the public spaces and places we once took for granted as havens for enjoyment now carry an air of danger. Australia is not immune to such threats, as has been made evident by the range…

4 min.
what parking can learn from hot-desking

Hot-desking is a trend that has impacted many workplaces throughout Australia, as businesses look to adopt agile ways of working. It does away with the traditional concept of a fixed desk per employee and instead offers a pool of desks available on a first-come, first-served basis. The idea behind the concept is to create a more efficient, cost-effective workplace. It looks to reduce the amount of wasted space in an office taken up by staff who do not need a desk, use one infrequently or do not want one. This is in part to address the fact that, globally, companies underutilise 30 to 40 percent of their space on a typical workday. And, to an extent, it has worked. Hot-desking has reduced the amount of office space required to host a workforce,…