October 2004 - Facilities Management
March 15-17, 2005
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Next March 15-17, the inaugural Maintenance Solutions Expo (MS Expo) will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center. With more than 25 free sessions and an exhibit floor featuring the latest equipment, products, technologies and services on the cutting edge of building maintenance and engineering, MS Expo will be unlike any other in the facility maintenance and engineering market.
“Maintenance Solutions magazine has been providing valuable information to this market for more than 10 years,” says Wendy Loerch, director of education for MS Expo. “It makes sense that we take this information to the next level: a conference that lets us create an interactive learning environment to foster great discussions and networking opportunities.”
Three Tracks, Hours of Learning
MS Expo 2005 will include 25 hours of free seminars within three educational tracks:
MRO. Maintenance and engineering executives are under constant pressure to find products and services that deliver solutions and increase efficiency. This track offers the latest updates on technology, applications and strategies that can successfully enhance an organization’s maintenance mission.
Dave Bertolini, managing principal for Life Cycle Engineering, will present an MRO session entitled “Is CMMS a Tool I Need?” for attendees purchasing a CMMS or those who have done so but have not implemented it. Attendees will learn how to identify the right system for specific facilities and how to establish an adequate budget for implementation costs.
Management Insight. Maintenance and engineering managers have a great deal to manage within a department — benchmarking, training, budgets, outsourcing, energy management, grounds care, and more. This track provides an in-depth look into the ways these and other key issues play out within commercial and institutional facilities, and it offers insights into a manager’s role in finding efficient, cost-effective solutions.
“Training: An Overlooked Opportunity for O&M Savings” will be a part of this track. Presented by Cynthia Putnam, project director of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, the session will detail strategies to ensure their departments get the training support needed to provide effective service. It will include a discussion of training needs, a plan’s components, and sources to keep managers and team members informed of approaches that can be taken back to the workplace.
Codes & Compliance. Regulations and standards that affect maintenance and engineering departments often help ensure access to facilities and protect occupants, among other things. But problems can arise when facilities are caught off guard by regulations or when compliance is burdensome. In this track, attendees will learn about existing and pending regulations and standards from agencies such as OSHA and the EPA, and they’ll learn learn ways to incorporate the requirements into operations.
David Casavant, president of Carlyle Consulting Group, will present “Easy OSHA Compliance” in this track. OSHA often targets maintenance departments because of hazards that buildings, equipment and materials present to occupants and visitors. So managers must be familiar with OSHA requirements and have required paperwork and records on file. This session will provide a thorough review of what managers should and shouldn’t do when it comes to OSHA compliance.
More Educational Opportunities
Besides these tracks, MS Expo attendees will have free access to the 70-plus sessions offered by the National Facilities Management & Technology Conference/Exposition, which will run concurrently with MS Expo. See sidebar for more details on NFM&T. The entire event is underwritten by both Maintenance Solutions and Building Operating Management magazines.
“Overall, MS Expo will provide nearly 100 hours of education crafted by award-winning magazine editorial staffs,” Loerch says. “There’s no better venue for facility professionals to experience the latest thinking in maintenance and engineering management marketplace.”