I'm always amazed how many facility managers don't use Facility satisfaction surveys as an important information tool to make decisions, find areas for improvement, and even provide them with information and data that they can use with their senior...
One striking feature of a capital city in any developed country is cleanliness. Most of the capital cities are very clean and this announces to visitors that they are in a capital city. No heap of refuse, no abandoned broken...
The ideal entryway in a building will have a flooring system that adequately protects occupants from injury and the rest of the building from outdoor elements that find their way inside. These measures can ensure that you are doing...
The payoff when healthcare facilities adopt sustainable practices has been proven time and again. "There is a preponderance of evidence that a greener healthcare enterprise is not only affordable, but in most cases it results in an improved cost structure,"...
You've crunched the numbers and successfully made the pitch for a sizable equipment upgrade project. Congrats! Yet in many ways the hard work has just begun. Any time one part of the facility is undergoing extensive upgrades or repairs,...
Keeping your facility and its occupants safe is top of mind for most facilities managers. Yet it's all too easy to make a cookie cutter safety plan that's not truly effective. Or, just as dangerous, some facility managers apply...
In much the same way that doctors and nurses use real-time data to monitor patients’ vital signs, hospital FMs are increasingly using sophisticated sensors embedded in equipment to track the health of their “patient” – the HVAC system. Data-driven decisions...
In line with global trends, 3Invest, one of Africa’s leading real estate firms, has launched its corporate real estate model, Lagos Co-work offering the first timeshare investment opportunity in Lagos. The Lagos Co-work will provide and operate flexible office spaces to...
First Things First: DELIVER a State of the Union Address Pull together the facts, no matter how ugly they are, and present them to the entire maintenance team in a clear and succinct message. It is best that all team members...
Excessive heat in a manufacturing or warehouse environment has negative effects on workers, production levels and even the quality of produced or stored goods. This is a growing concern because today’s North American industries are being pressed hard to...
The health and wellbeing of your building’s occupants isn’t just the purview of human resources anymore. Facilities managers can play an important role in making sure the people who work in your building are happy, healthy and active. “In the...
Some users of the National Stadium, Lagos, have urged Segun Akinlotun, the newly appointed Ministry of Youths and Sports’ Laison Officer to improve the standard of the facilitiy’s environment. They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as Akinlotan assumed...
For facility executives and other operations professionals, the list of day-to-day issues involved with keeping an organization running smoothly is never ending. One that is muscling its way up the list in priority is the reality of facility staffing...
Buildings today rely on a combination of end-point technologies (sensors, controllers, management tools, etc.) using wired and wireless communications platforms. Although wired solutions are preferred in the majority of cases, wireless devices are becoming more prevalent due to the...
The Managing Director of Initiates Plc, Mr Osai Reuben, has disclosed that waste management can create direct employment for the citizenry. Reuben, an indigenous waste management expert and consultant who stated this in an exclusive interview with The Tide in...
The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, said airport authorities have commenced upgrading of existing facilities including the deployment of new communication, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management systems. The upgrade is to enhance capacity, safety, efficiency and economy of flight...
Over 120 fire extinguishers among those installed at the National Assembly complex in Abuja have not been serviced for five years, findings by The PUNCH showed on Thursday. Investigations also indicated that they were last tested by technicians in 2011. The...
The Federal Government and some its agencies that are not under the first line charge will spend N1.91bn on clearing of sewage and fumigation in the 2017 fiscal year, investigation has shown. Details of the proposed spending are contained in...
After a rather unimpressive 2016 economic growth in Nigeria for almost all sectors, with its attendant negative impacts on the bottom-line of most companies, all attention now turns to required adjustments to survive in 2017. If many of the expert...
Spending your hard earned money to rent an apartment is a decision that should be taken after careful considerations and inspections. Don’t be moved by beautiful finishing and décor. Taking the time to make a few maintenance checks can...
Remember heaving a sigh of relief as you wrote your final exam in your university or polytechnic. You may have thought that would be the end of structured learning and exam writing. It probably did not take you long...
The first industrial revolution that has started in 1760 and to some time between 1820 to 1840 has brought in significant developments in the world. Predominantly the world has seen the inventions of textiles, iron ore processing, steam power...
Energy management is structurally driven when all key areas are considered. The key areas are Commissioning, Energy audit and Building Re-tuning. Here let us see about Energy Audit…. An energy audit is an inspection, survey and analysis of energy flows, for energy...
The biggest question any professional can ask is ‘How can I succeed and thrive in my field?’ To answer it, we’ll have to define what ‘success’ means for you, and then examine the best ways to achieve that success. What...
It has been demonstrated that millennials, with their ability more rapidly to innovate, create, learn and adapt to new situations as well as their desire to be challenged, to have fun in their work environment and their flexibility, should...
Unfortunately, no matter how prepared you are, some things are just out of your control when it comes to your business, and disaster can (and let’s face it, will) strike! However, we ensure that an unavoidable disaster causes you...
You are aging. Don't deny it. Every day takes its toll on you little by little. Because nobody wants to get old, we do things to delay the inevitable — we eat right (some of the time), exercise regularly...
The maintenance and condition of public restrooms carries heavy consequences for facility management teams. A recent survey analyzes Americans’ public hand-washing behaviors and preferences and illustrates how a facility’s restroom appearance affects perceptions of the business or establishment, and...
It happens every holiday season, most especially Thanksgiving or Christmas — when tenants cook the turkey, pour the grease down the drain, requiring maintenance and engineering managers to summon a technician or call a drain cleaning company when the...
When the Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed, received the leadership of the Nigerian Institute of Architects in her office on Friday, December 9, it was a paradigm shifting event, but which ironically did not attract any media attention....
During a season in which weather can be potentially hazardous, it’s important that building and facility managers take the proper precautions to help prevent elevator damage and protect the safety of building occupants. Initial Preparations A diagram showing the location of...
Why do some people take action to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprints while others do not? Environmental psychologists, behavioral economists and other social scientists have all investigated this question, and come up with a variety of answers. A...
At LEAST one third of more than 700 health facilities in Borno State, in north-eastern Nigeria, have been completely destroyed, while one third of the remaining facilities are not functioning at all, according to a report released yesterday by...
It is no news that one the major channels through which Foreign Exchange earnings leave Nigeria is medical tourism. In fact, a 2013 BusinessDay report revealed that 47% (18,000) of Nigerians, who visited India that year, did so for...
Managing a business concern effectively can be a daunting task when the various elements that make up the system are considered. No matter the size, kind of business and location, maximizing profit and providing value to customers are key...
In arriving at the decision contained in its latest report on Global Urban Ambient Air Pollution, the World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that a study of water pollution in Onitsha, found high levels of arsenic, mercury, lead, copper and...
It’s that time of the year again when the air is dry and we sometimes get afraid to open doors of either our houses or cars…because we don’t want to get shocked. We get shocked by static electricity. Now...
Facility management companies and their maintenance professionals face myriad issues on a day-to-day basis. Some of these problems arise from simple, day-to-day operations, while others are a symptom of a much deeper problem. In this post, we will look...
The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) and BIFM Nigeria, together with BusinessDay, have today published the findings from the Facilities Management Business Confidence Monitor 2016/17 Nigeria. The 197 respondents who took part in the survey recognized the growing and...
New realities are rising with the dawn of innovative technologies in solid waste management, with the Lagos authorities wielding the ‘big stick’ in surprise moves to rescue the state from the inefficiency of the Private Sector Participation (PSP) operators. In...
Depending on the size and scope of your building, you work with a number of vendors for the ongoing maintenance of your facility. Different components and needs within your space require different types of service. In some situations, you call...
Times are changing, and so is the typical workplace and work schedule. Flex work is one of many major changes that facility managers are facing, but if it’s a good fit for an organization and implemented properly can be...
Technical facilities worth about N20 million are rotting away at the premises of the Government Technical College (GTC), Enugu State, more than two years after they were moved into the school. The rot is occasioned by alleged lack of funds...
Facility managers have recognized that the facilities they own and operate have an impact not only on their occupants’ environment but also on the environment in which we all live. It is this recognition that has given rise to...
The Federal Government has urged state governments to improve facilities at all National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camps in their various states. The Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung who gave the directive said that the government could...
Our future generations are destined to grow up in a society that benefits from a high level of digital mobility supported by modern day technologies. So it is only natural that schools and universities are developing into facilities that...
Many organisations mandate the installation of security patches, which is an important part of keeping networks and devices secure. However, the very nature of patches means facility managers should not rely on them to keep networks secure. Security patches are...
The Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalong, on Tuesday said the Federal Government can’t continue to fund the management of sports facilities in the country with the current economic hardship in the land. He made the remark while...
The Transmission Company of Nigeria has called for the immediate release of the N17 billion Electricity Facility Fund granted it three years ago by the Federal Government. Dr. Abubakar Atiku, the TCN Managing Director, made the call during the company’s...
Too often companies, in an attempt to drive portfolio performance, tend to focus on management costs, neglecting that the real driver of portfolio performance is costs managed. This is particularly relevant for organisations embarking on an outsourcing strategy driven by...
Managing risk is a significant part of the job for facility managers, who require ongoing training and education to ensure they are up-to-date and aware of current risks, liabilities and regulations. With higher levels of training, facility managers can...
The biggest question any professional can ask is ‘How can I succeed and thrive in my field?’ To answer it, we’ll have to define what ‘success’ means for you, and then examine the best ways to achieve that success. What...
Critical environments can include operational buildings, or areas within buildings, such as data centres, hospitals, manufacturing plants, and trading floors (such as a stock exchange) among others. Critical facilities are the systems that support the effective and efficient operation of these environments....
Electricity distribution companies in the country have raised alarm over what it described as rampant energy theft among consumers, especially in rural communities. The DISCOS also denied extortion in the electricity billing system, noting that consumers were billed based on...
Maintenance is about the life cycle of facilities. Let’s say a building was under construction for six months. That building may remain in service in some capacity for 30, 60, even 100 or more years. Even a building with...
Producers to be responsible for wastes, says NESREA In the wake of an upsurge in militant attacks on key oil infrastructure in the creeks and swamps of the oil-producing south, Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed has decried the devastating impacts...
The mid-income property market will, in the next 8-10 months, be taking delivery of a new residential development that holds promise for apartments, townhouses, maisonettes as well as penthouse coming with aesthetic designs, large spaces and customized to each...
Even if you are not directly involved in Facility Maintenance activities, you must have come across fire extinguishers at some point and would likely have one or more in your home, office or vehicle. A fire extinguisher is a hand...
Out of a total number of more than Two Million Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Nigeria for the current year, about 30,000 of them are from Benue State, making the State the number one victim outside the North-east of...
In the light of new data identification number policy on goods entering Europe, Chairman of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Dr. Segun Musa, in this interview with WOLE OYEBADE, explains why air cargo services in...

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