Better facilities management with BIM

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Building Information Modelling technology is a hot topic across the property sector and there is a lack of recognition of its merits in helping facilities managers maximise efficiency in carrying out building and facilities maintenance. While the highly technical topic can be daunting, its practical application has a wide-ranging positive effect on making managing facilities easier than they are with traditional building plans.

Singapore's $19m scheme to support energy efficient buildings

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The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore will devote almost A$18.9 million, almost 40 per cent, of a A$49.3 million (S$52 million) innovation scheme to support the testing of new energy-efficient technologies in fully operational buildings. The green buildings initiative is the latest move by the authority to encourage the development of green building technologies in Singapore and Australian businesses could stand to benefit from this. 

GHD leads the waste sector four years in a row

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One of the world’s leading engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services companies, GHD, has been named the best large consultancy in the waste sector in Australia for the fourth consecutive year.

King Furniture rebranded as King Living

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King Furniture has rebranded to King Living, reflecting the growing product portfolio designed and manufactured by the award-winning Australian business.  King Living’s move coincides with a building boom in Australia of mixed-use and residential buildings that are increasingly offering decked out communal space for tenants and residents.

Fort Knox Self-Storage goes digital with sign-up process

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Australian self-storage facility Fort Knox is testing a new software that will streamline rental processes for customers. The software iSign was developed by Fort Knox at its research and development hub. The company reviewed every aspect of customer sign-up procedure and adapted it to the digital process.

WORKTECH15: Modern workplaces and challenges for the FM industry

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The WORKTECH15 conference which took place on Wednesday 4 March 2015, explored the future of work and the workplace and raised the challenges Australian cities will face in the near future as technology and innovation overlay and coincide with community needs in built environments.

Honeywell launches new barcode scanners

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Honeywell Scanning & Mobility has launched a new suite of retail barcode scanners, designed to increase efficiency, for example, minimising check-out times in retail facilities or inventory management in commercial facilities.

Melbourne celebrates sustainable living

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A vegetable patch in the heart of the city, worm farm tours, and bicycle rides are among a series of unique events encouraging Melburnians to live a greener life as part of the Sustainable Living Festival. The event runs from 7 February to 1 March 2015.

WORKTECH15 Melbourne

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Industry leaders and other professionals will share their expertise and further knowledge on business strategy, technology and property at this year’s WORKTECH conference. The event will be held on Wednesday 4 March at the Deakin Edge Theatre at Melbourne’s Federation Square.

Tools Management suite from Hardcat

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The Hardcat Tool Manager optimises the management of tools, providing companies complete visibility and control over their entire tool inventory. It is designed to avoid misuse by employees, making them more accountable for the tools they are using while also ensuring that warranty claims are not missed.

YSEL Elevator Loop

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The UK-based hearing systems company, Your Sense has developed a new YSEL Elevator Loop System that not only eliminates the use of bulky loop cables, but also makes the intercom systems inside elevators accessible for the hard of hearing.