Wednesday, January 16, 2019
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS (KYC) Have a clear knowledge and understanding of who your customers are and put up a strategy to understand their changing needs. Your customers may fall into one of these categories; The Occupants, residents, staffs, co-workers, etc ...
I have always been an advocate for people (team) development, maturity, mentorship and retention in the workplace because it carries the highest cost in terms of salaries, remunerations etc, in the built environment. In the facilities management industry for...
Digital Revolution In the 1980s, with the introduction of computers, a 4-day work week was envisaged in the future. Today enabled by technology, we are able and we need to compete globally. Your day may start with a 6am call...
The  three carousels and conveyor belts installed at the   D’ Arrival wing of the Lagos International Airport will fast-track departure and arrival formalities, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), has said At the inaugurattion of the facility, FAAN...
Commissioning is critical to the success of building projects and building operations. As a third-party review, the commissioning process bridges the inevitable gaps that occur in any complex project, despite the best design and intent on the part of...
According to a Global Industries Analytics Report, the facilities management industry is one of the most rapidly growing industries, with expected growth to reach $394.69 billion by 2017. FM continues to provide a lucrative career path, while the roles and responsibilities...
Since the 21st century, the real estate sector has continued to play a tremendous role in growing the economy with land being a major contributor. As economic activities have become more urban over time, the crucial role of the...
But what is energy storage, and how can it be put to use, today, in facilities across the country? Currently, there are more than 150,000 megawatts of storage systems installed worldwide. Energy storage can refer to a wide range of...
The ravaging economic recession in Nigeria has, by default, taught many organizations on how to be creative, innovative and also to realize the need to be cost-effective, to increase productivity and remain profitable. The implication of this is that,...
The current economic downturn is no doubt compelling organizations to rethink their operational strategy as the pressure to develop innovative business practices that will enhance capacity, deepen market share and drive revenue without necessarily inflating cost continue to pile...
It’s important for employers to understand how hazardous substances in their workplace can have a detrimental effect on employee’s health and that they must comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) to prevent anything dangerous happening. Here...
To mitigate the high operating expenses of facilities as well as engender maintenance culture in the country, stakeholders in facility management have solicited for the establishment of facility management (FM) units across states of the federation. They also called on...
The role of air conditioning in facilities cannot be overemphasized. It has become so central to effective operations that it can be easy to take relatively smooth system operation for granted. Maintenance and engineering managers, however, don’t have that...
When it comes to protecting your business and not just in Nigeria, you can never be too safe. By taking the right precautions, you’ll be able to prevent any possible threats such as burglary, theft, vandalism and fraud. It is...
Overtime, and especially with advances in technology and the urbanisation that followed the Industrial Revolution had created a new set of challenges. These were most famously laid out in a 1798 book called An Essay on the Principle of Population,...
  I'm sure we all are familiar with the proverb, “Prevention is better than cure”. It is definitely true when it comes to protecting your business from costly repairs. Whilst it is important to have processes in place once disaster does...

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