Employers will transition away from higher levels of temporary and contract roles back to more permanent positions in the year ahead, but recruiting experts Hays Facilities Management warns FM professionals not to expect big salary increases during this period.
Schindler Lifts Peter Darley, National Portfolio Manager – Service, talks to Facility Management magazine about what facility managers can do to ensure their building transit assets are well-maintained and running as efficiently as possible.
Safe and healthy working conditions enhance productivity and reduce costs. This maxim may be obvious to a layperson, but when it comes to business owners, they often end up ignoring it, much to their own peril.
Many a times, business owners, senior and middle management, get blinded by the costs of implementing better working conditions for their people that they are unable to see the benefits that come from a safer workplace with lower injury costs, higher productivity, reduced absenteeism, improved staff retention and much more.
Registrations are now open for Australia’s largest event for leaders and professionals in the AV industry, Integrate, which will be held in Melbourne for the first time ever this year at Melbourne Exhibition and Conference Centre from August 25 to August 27.
Waste management often falls on the wayside with critical services taking top priority. Find out why facilities managers need to put more thought into waste handling solutions.
Leading experts will be challenging the readiness of the Australian security industry for a host of threats, both physical and online, when the Security Exhibition and Conference returns to Melbourne from July 15-17.
Solar energy cells have achieved enormous efficiency gains in recent years, converting in research a world record 46 per cent of sunlight being generated into electricity.
And even if you can’t buy such advanced photovoltaics off the shelf just yet, there are mighty advances already taking place out in the field where high-efficiency solar arrays are making green energy far more economically sustainable than ever before.
Diligent inspections and routine maintenance are global necessities and the fundamentals of safety and compliance in the workplace. Implementation of a digital or electronic inspection work-flow can contribute to the overall safety compliance of an organisation and, by extension, the mitigation of workplace injury.
Fatigue is a common problem in the facilities management industry. Yet, many companies are failing to recognise workplace fatigue as a critical business risk and cost. Increasing pressure to perform and a ‘do more with less’ attitude means that fatigue is a growing problem for facility workers.
A critical review of the current but rapidly changing state of the workplace, in all its physical, virtual and connected forms, is needed. Of particular interest is the make-up of both the psychosocially healthy and productive environment, given the impact of a constant drive for cost-effective physical and virtual spaces that must simultaneously marry with usability issues and employee attraction for more flexible and healthier working conditions.
Coles has achieved the first Green Star rating for a supermarket, with Coles Hallam in south east Melbourne awarded a 4 Star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). “Coles was determined to develop a ‘supermarket of the future’ – and in doing so, has set a new benchmark for sustainable supermarket design in Australia,” says the GBCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Romilly Madew.
Building Information Modelling, better known as BIM, is the future of the construction industry. In basic terms, using BIM, a building is digitally designed from the ground up in three dimensions (3D). The major players – contractors and designers, architects and engineers – work using one data platform, one common language, one 3D design.
Car parks are often unassuming facilities, but they can be hazardous environments due to a high level of vehicle and pedestrian activity and thus must be managed with extreme care.
Safety in industrial operations has a direct bearing on profitability. Industrial professionals have long recognised that the cost of unexpected events can be very high, not only in terms of injury and death, but also for equipment damage, facility damage, environmental damage, business interruption and insurance.
Scary fact – illegal dumping around clothing donation bins costs charities $20 million per year. In an industry that involves 70,000 Op Shop volunteers working to help those in need in our communities, it is disturbing to think people purposefully dump rubbish outside shops and donation bins.
In many countries, solid household waste is now being collected and carried to waste incineration plants, rather than being dumped directly in a landfill site. The waste is stored in so-called waste bunkers or transfer stations until it can be destroyed. These waste bunkers can contain thousands of metric tons of solid waste which is potentially self-combustible and subject to fire. Self-combustion, (heat development due to pressure) and spontaneous chemical reactions between the disposals and methane gas-building are all potential fire creators and concerns at these plants.
Gainsborough Hardware Industries (GHI) is an Australian company founded in 1967 that forms part of the Door & Access Systems division for the GWA Group. The company integrated Honeywell’s Vocollect voice solutions to improve efficiency, accuracy and visibility in its warehouses.
The decision to outsource Enterprise Facilities Management (EFM) must be deliberate and business-focused. There’s a lot riding on it, whether it’s for the first, second, third, or even eighth time around.
Companies are looking at their facility assets and services with an increasingly strategic point of view, and are looking for ways to focus their resources on their company’s core mission and values. Senior leaders are exploring ways to leverage their facility assets and services to support and even enhance their core business while minimising their costs.
A field inspection app has landed Brisbane-headquartered Dingo the 2015 Austmine Innovation Award for Mining Equipment Technology Services.
The Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo 2015 will host e-waste industry leaders ECOACTIV and MobileMuster at this year’s event to help attendees better understand the current state of the e-waste industry and how businesses can make changes to help combat the growing problem of e-waste disposal.
There is a common misconception that technology poses the biggest security risk to business, but it is just one part of the problem. Often, companies leave themselves vulnerable to information breaches despite technology, but there are ways to lessen the risk.
When it comes to tender evaluations, it’s all about the value. Value not meaning the cheapest, but striking a balance between quality and price.
With just about a week to go until the event, which returns to the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from July 15 to July 17, Security 2015 Event Manager, Alanna Phillips, encouraged anyone looking for an edge in the industry to register now or risk falling behind on the latest business security solutions.
Activity based working (ABW) has moved from being a buzzword to becoming a must-have. Most recently, Medibank’s new headquarters at 720 Bourke Street, unofficially Melbourne’s latest landmark, has shown the industry how a well-planned and executed ABW fitout can benefit building occupants and avoid the issues that usually accompany collaborative spaces – niggles around cleanliness, noise and the use of common areas.
Data collection and information management can work for your business and improve your facility’s efficiency on multiple fronts. Like all other support services, the facility management service needs to be agile, flexible and aligned to the dynamic changes in the organisation they operate in.
The latest carbon emissions index (Cedex®) Update by pitt&sherry has revealed that the carbon price had very little direct effect on demand for electricity, but a very big effect on emissions from the generators supplying demand. However, removal of the carbon price may be one factor supporting a return to increasing demand, for the first time in five years.
Heritage buildings can compete with modern buildings in terms of sustainable energy efficiency. Various options are available to building operators of older buildings – replacing heating, air-conditioning, lighting systems and even upgrading elevators with access and destination control technology.
It may be cold outside but pest prevention still is key. Many insects and rodents are still able to thrive and build their populations despite the winter weather, thus creating a load of problems when the weather starts warming up. Here’s a list of the most resilient winter pests and the best ways to prevent them.
According to recent survey conducted by Tenant Representation Services, an overwhelming 90 per cent of commercial tenants believe having a flexible lease is reasonably or critically important for their business.
BIM gives designers and facilities managers the ability to model any configuration, identify possible clashes with existing services and structure and establish a clear roadmap for ongoing maintenance and building management.
Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP) announces the launch of vented BRUTE refuse containers, combining the durability of BRUTE containers with venting and cinching technology and improved ergonomics.
Honeywell has expanded its Australian and New Zealand reseller network by 34 percent in 2015, expanding the reach of industry-leading scanning and mobility solutions to customers in the collection and delivery, healthcare, field workforce, ports, postal and retail sectors.
Telstra will discuss the strategy behind its impressive new centrepiece and AV system at its George Street Sydney store, plus the benefits of digital integration to enhance the customer experience at this year’s Integrate Speaker Series, held at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from August 25 to August 27.
FM speaks to David Rolls, Mirvac group executive, commercial development, about how developers are following the trend of Activity Based Working (ABW).
Outsourcing your service delivery contracts to the wrong service provider will result in an unfavourable situation for you and for the business. For you it will mean increased administration time and cost that will divert those precious resources away from activities that contribute greater value to the business, such as participating in strategic planning.
Managing 24/7 operations comes with a host of challenges that many daytime-only operations don’t have to consider. Here are five useful tips for managing 24/7 operations.
Green and sustainability issues at the top of the list and the concerns of large facilities are always evolving, according to Ron Segura, president of Segura Associates in the United States.
Held at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre last week, the 30th annual edition of the event hosted over 240 brands from 140 exhibiting companies. The Security Best New Products Awards were judged by a panel of leading security experts including the National Security Director of Thales Australia & New Zealand, Jason Brown.
Facility Management is proud to present its Annual Software Guide for 2015, offering readers the most comprehensive overview of software products and suppliers in Australasia’s facilities management sector.
Organisations with adequate security measures can break the six-step attack lifecycle at any stage to protect their network and data, while those that don’t have adequate measures in place are at the mercy of cyber criminals.
The Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) — a City of Sydney initiative in collaboration with Foresight Environmental – has developed and launched Operational Waste Guidelines to help building owners, property managers and waste companies to work more effectively using a standard across their portfolios.
CO2 has been a hot topic for a number of years mainly in relation to climate change and government policy. Leaving all of that aside, monitoring and controlling indoor levels of CO2 is important for facility managers to consider.
Productivity and indoor environment quality in open plan offices can suffer due to acoustic privacy issues. What can facility managers do post-build? Sound-masking is an option worth exploring.
The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus continues to lead the way in employer excellence, recently awarding officers, staff and volunteers across NSW, ACT and QLD a total of $50,000 worth of training scholarships, as part of its annual Fellows Program.
Trying to get a coffee, an elevator or a toilet at twenty past the hour at any university is quite a challenge as lectures and tutorials change over and thousands of students place sudden demands on services, particularly bathrooms. For many years, Deakin University have been using high capacity, reliable Tork products to make sure their… Read more »