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As real property is making waves in Nigeria, investors in the sector have continued to invest without taking some salient issues into considerations. A lot who are into commercial business in real estate feel that to maximise the profits,...
Facility Managers can take a leadership role in reducing costs for their organizations by examining areas that may not have received much attention before. Here are key things you can do. A key responsibility of Facility Managers has been...
Evaluating RFP proposal responses is a critical yet often painful process. You want enough information to evaluate the bidders, yet you get widely varying responses that don't always answer your questions and sometimes don't reflect their true capabilities. This...
The Lagos State Private Sector Participation (PSP) Operators under the auspices of Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAM) are pleading with Governor Ambode not  to throw them out of business under the cover of any form of reform...
Capital funding is always an issue in facilities, with Facility managers constantly fighting for replacement and renewal funding for their buildings, competing for funds needed elsewhere within the company. I've seen many FM's struggle at this, yet I have seen...
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...
Planning and scheduling functions are the key deliverables of the planning role. This is where the most gains in execution have the potential to be made and acted upon. In some larger organisations these are split, allowing more adequate...
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,"...
We have hit abnormally high temperatures across the country reaching over 100 degrees for several days at a time.  As you know, this can have a major impact on your buildings and equipment causing unexpected problems.  I would like...
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,...
Inventory shrinkage is a problem that vexes almost all facility managers, whether at a small community hospital, a sprawling shopping center or a factory warehouse. It refers to the gap between what the ledger shows should be on hand...
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...
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...
There is no doubt early reliability techniques evolved to strategically handle plant maintenance. Predicting failures in advance and allocating sufficient resources helped the industry mitigate the impact of unexpected failures and unplanned outages. The early techniques also prevented maintenance...
For purposes of this article, reactive maintenance is any planned or unplanned work with a priority designation of emergency or urgent, therefore requiring immediate attention. Plus, there could be work of any priority that is “worked on” outside of...
In late May, Uptime Publisher Terrence O’Hanlon posted on LinkedIn that attendance at maintenance conferences has dropped significantly. Responses to his post offered plausible reasons, including budget constraints, lack of or recurring content, and total saturation. While these are...
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...
In EBAM, theory and practice are joined to produce accurate outputs from statistical data and/or tacit knowledge through a process that includes state-of-the-art mathematical and statistical techniques that analyze, clean and process data. With data and knowing how 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...
Historically, men have always dominated the facilities management space. In fact, in 2014 we reported on the consistent scarcity of women in executive roles. At that time, only 3 to 4 percent of women held CEO positions. A female facilities...
An organization’s greatest assets are its workforce and its facility. The way a facility looks, feels and functions has a heavy hand in how well your workforce performs, and that makes your facility manager an important link between the two...
Is the performance of your facilities manager slipping? Are you met with frustration instead of enthusiasm each time you give them more responsibility? Have they been making a lot of mistakes lately that have you questioning their qualifications and...
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...
1. Commit to Increasing Your Cybersecurity Budget Global cybersecurity spending is expected to surpass $1 trillion between 2017 and 2021. Currently, the median spend on security is about 7 to 9 percent of an organization’s IT budget. Plan to spend...
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...
It's the new year already and workplace leaders like you are undoubtedly already looking ahead and putting the finishing touches on your plan for the new year. And if you’re like most facilities leaders, saving money is at the...
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...
Did you know there’s a whole host of lighting options out there for your business – whether that’s a warehouse, an office or something entirely unique – and what’s more, the option you choose can impact on your wallet...
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...
It is an axiom that mission-critical facilities must run continuously. Any interruption can disrupt business operations and result in significant financial losses. Almost all data centers today are designed with systems and redundancies to minimize loss of power. Just...
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....
As compliance issues continue to increase in priority for managers, there are seven primary areas to keep an eye on to help avoid penalties that can negatively impact your organization. Here's the list below: Ethics. Aside from being potentially illegal, unethical...
In-building wireless (IBW) systems are fast becoming an imperative for commercial buildings. No longer a “nice to have,” reliable cellular service and public safety communications throughout a building is a value-added amenity and assures fire code compliance. Why an IBW...
Although powerful smart-building capabilities exist, obstacles remain to their wider use. As David Wilts, associate principal at ARUP, points out, “Smart is not in everyone’s design vocabulary. People are still using return on investment as an excuse not to build...
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...
The International Facility Management Association (IFMA), Nigeria chapter has inaugurated its newly elected Executive Council members in Lagos. The immediate past president of the association, Mr. Olatunji Okesola, highlighted some of the achievements of his administration despite the current economic...
In different forms, every business – either Blue Chip Multinational or Small and Medium Scale Enterprise – has some form of Real Estate and Facilities Management (REFLM) objectives. For some, it might be saving cost through strategic management, while...
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...
Vice-Chair BIFM Nigeria-Abuja and Group Operations Manager, Filmo Group, Engr. Olumide Aina spoke at the Networking event at United Kingdom Trade and Investment on Tuesday that there will be a monthly members meeting on Thursday 15th December, 2016 at...
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...
A facility manager of a building is at the center of a site’s operations. He is Responsible in some part for essentially every aspect of a building’s maintenance needs, these professionals will greatly benefit from any tool that can...
It’s a common knowledge that during financial crises, the value of most asset nosedives; owing to a number of unfavourable economic indices such as: spiking interest rate, slow Gross Domestic Product (GDP), subdued investors’ confidence, and a number of...
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...
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...

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