Welcome to the Oct-Nov 12 issue of Facility Management, Australia’s premier independent publication servicing the information needs of facilities managers and allied professionals in the property maintenance sector.
In this issue’s cover feature we discover how the University of Canterbury in New Zealand has tackled back-to-back disasters. The university’s estate and asset manager tells the story of the university’s experience of the September 2012 and February 2011 earthquakes, sharing how it responded and the lessons that were learnt.
In addition, we are pleased to showcase major features on emergency management, security and public sector facilities.
We share how to ensure a facility has effective evacuation procedures in place, and how to minimise a facility’s risk of flooding and the ensuing damage to a facility that flooding can cause. In addition, we look at how best to insure a facility against disaster.
Conducting a changeover of security contracts can be tricky. We provide advice on how to ensure the successful transitioning of security contracts. We also look into the role of facility managers when it comes to IT and data security, and learn how the usual guards, guns and gates approach can be complemented or replaced to lower security costs and increase a facility’s security.
PUBLIC SECTOR FACILITIES
We explore public sector facility management best practice, and delve into payment mechanisms and their role within PPP contracts. We look at what constitutes a payment mechanism, the benefits it brings and how it can be created, including how to retrofit payment mechanisms to contracts, and examine examples of payment mechanisms within live contracts. We also learn how a greater focus on research output and the experiential student is affecting university facilities management.
In addition to the usual Facility Management, this edition also has a flip side featuring case studies and best practices provided by the international and local facility professionals that spoke at Total Facilities Live 2012.