Wednesday, January 16, 2019
The Managing Partner of the organisation, ESV Samuel Ukpong is a seasoned and unassuming professional who is focused on delivering value in the industry with emphasis on living, working and recreating innovatively in all their new developments. He spoke...
Resilience has climbed to the top of the buzz word charts for commercial design, even though it is a relatively new concept for commercial buildings. In 2009 Madni and Jackson defined resilience as "the ability to build systems that...
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,"...
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...
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...
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 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....
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...
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...
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...
Against the hyped threat to banking sector stability arising from credit to the energy sector, there are indications that banks are not only recovering from the 2015 red lines, but some of them are now stepping up their positions...
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...

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