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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Honeywell announced its latest smart building technology last week, Command and Control Suite, which turns complex facility data into recommendations and easy-to-implement changes that can help boost business outcomes by lowering costs, minimising risk and reducing downtime.
Managing a diverse and ageing property portfolio within a tight budget is a challenging task. Surprises are the last thing you need. The usual questions that come up are: what assets do I have, what condition are they in, how must they perform, how much money do I need/have, and who will I get to deliver the FM services?
But, somehow, things still don’t go according to the plan. What could be missing? We need to look beyond just the physical assets and ask some other questions. Let’s look at the five most important, and sometimes omitted, things to consider.
Lars Lindkvist of Schneider Electric outlines the key steps all facility managers must take to protect the security of their building and deter cyber criminals from gaining access to sensitive data.
On the first day of the Total Facilities exhibition on 25 March 2015 Facility Management magazine caught up with several experts from various sectors relevant to facility management for exclusive interviews and discussions where they shared trends for running more sustainable keynotes facilities and also shed light on the challenges facing an industry on the brink of a technological revolution, although it may not yet be ready to culturally embrace this sea change.
Most of the fires sparked as a result of lightning strikes could be averted if effective lightning protection systems are in place, writes Bob Grieve of Delta Fire.
Low-tier data centres have the potential to be more efficient: less redundancy means less equipment, less cost, less power. With this in mind, are they a strategic opportunity in today’s climate, asks TOM TOWNSEND, networks and data centre manager, Information and Technology Management (ITM), University of Canberra.
The recently launched Waste Choices brings a new competitive edge to Australia’s waste management industry. It is Australia’s first online marketplace for waste management and recycling for businesses wanting a quick, simple and cost-effective solution for waste collection, recycling, treatment and disposal.
TIBCO Software’s Regional Vice President – Australia and New Zealand, STUART REES, writes about the current cause of concern for Australian facility managers when it comes to data integration, analysing data and communicating issues and performance with property owners.
For the first time in Australia, card users can link parking payments to the SmartRider card they use to access public transport services so they can pay for car parking using their smart cards.