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maintenance and operations
Coverage including updates, insights, strategies and best practices for the facilities management industry


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University of San Francisco Director of Operations Creates Buzz on Campus

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Risk Assessment Workshop offered at NFMT

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Government Agencies Seek to Sell Costly Buildings

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Funding Woes: California K-12 Public School District Facilities in Bad Shape

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Seattle Gum Wall Getting Deep Cleaning

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Financial Skills Pay Dividends for Maintenance and Engineering Managers

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Managers Must Spread Message of Needed Maintenance Products

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Shop Bulletin Board Interesting Place to Plant Seeds of Support

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Making Change Happen not Always Easy

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Getting Tough, Again, on Deferred Maintenance

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Facilities Set the Stage for Learning

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Managers Need to Lead, Guide, Direct

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Mike Rowe an Advocate for Maintenance, Engineering

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Maintenance Management Issues: Lack of Accountability, Discipline

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LEED for Healthcare Addresses Unique Operational Requirements

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MRO Parts Storerooms: No Longer An Afterthought

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Everywhere a Strategy: Get Serious About Specification

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Team Player: More than Just Coach-Speak

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OSHA: Expanding Role in the Workplace

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How To Train a New Generation of Technicians

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OSHA Requirements Include Form 300, Written Plans

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Sustainability Part of Managers' New Normal

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Personnel Management: How to Quantify Lost Productivity

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Managers, Departments Deserve Recognition

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Tough Decisions: Managers Need a Strong Conscience

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Demand Response: Communication is Critical

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City of Springfield (Mo.) Public Grounds Faces Adversity

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Managers Discuss Hiring, Working with Contractors

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Emergency Planning: Materials and Training

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Managers: What Would You Do with $100,000?

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Managers' Mantra: Turn Lemons into Lemonade

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Retrocommissioning: How to Select a Consultant

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Drain Cleaning: How to Recruit and Retain Workers

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Freeze in Hiring, Pay Increases Impacts Productivity

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Emergency Planning: Five Ideas to Protect Technicians

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CMMS: Open Applications Fuel Department Integration

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How to Plan for Emergency Events

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Emergency Planning: Define Roles and Responsibilities

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Tactical Steps for Retrofitting College Campuses

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Predictive Maintenance: The Use of Vibration Analysis

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Inventory: Base Decisions on Real-Life Data

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Cogeneration Installation: Lessons Learned

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Managers, Staff Team Up When Purchasing Mowers, Utility Vehicles

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CMMS: Five Commonly Underused Functions

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How to Replace Building-Envelope Components

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Grounds Care: Special Events Threaten Landscape Health

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Managers Discuss Priorities for Codes, Standards, Regulations

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Managers Should Protect Training Funds

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Collaboration Among Designers, Operators Silences Skepticism

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Boiler Safety: Ongoing Training Avoids Potential Problems

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Equipment Rental: Ask These Eight Questions

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Equipment Rental: Managers Need Answers on Costs, Contracts

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Flooring: Working with a Contractor

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Inventory Management Best Practices

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Managers Discuss Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Planning

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Inventory Management Best Practices

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Green Programs Provide Facilities Education

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Lighting Controls: Punch Lists, Commissioning, Recommissioning

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CMMS: The Role of Custom-Report Generators

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Managers Need to Revamp New-Employee Orientation

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The Manager's Role in LEED Certification with Curt Stainbrook

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Architects, Managers Join Forces in Buildings, Grounds Projects

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New-Employee Orientation: Eight Elements of Success

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Lighting Controls: Five Key Maintenance Practices

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CMMS Upgrades: Managers, Upper Management Need to Speak Same Language

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Drain Cleaning: When to Rent or Buy Equipment

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Hospital's Aging Core Poses Maintenance, Engineering Challenges

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Managers Discuss Strategies for Determining an Energy Baseline

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Ten Reasons for Outsourcing Failure

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Lighting Retrofits: Save Money, Reduce Maintenance with Betsy Pooley

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How to Measure a Contractor's Performance

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Chris Matt: LEED Fosters Facilities Education

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Building-Automation System Streamlines Preventive Maintenance

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Organization Closes Old Hospital, Opens New Facility Same Day

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Project Planning: Grounds, Utilities, and Facility Managers Work Together

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Avoid Maintenance Backlogs with Real-Time CMMS Data

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Maintenance Technician Training with Rod Allen

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Managers Discuss Strategies for Savvy Specification

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How to Minimize Total Cost of Ownership

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Dan Hounsell: Managers' Knowledge of Facilities Fuels Specification

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CMMS: Technicians Should Be Able to Manipulate Data

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Inventory Management: Bins, Shelves, Racks Create Efficient Storerooms

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Chris Matt: Managers Consult Colleagues During Specification

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Reducing Maintenance Costs with Assessments and Training

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Effective Service Procurement

Facility Focus
Maintenance Management ROI

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The Role of BIM in Building Retrofits

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Sustainability in Schools: NYC Department of Education

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How to Debunk the Biggest Maintenance Myths

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Conducting a Building Audit for Maintenance

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Risk Management: Decrease Costs, Improve Accountability

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Sustainability: Managers' Role in the Triple Bottom Line

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Awards Program Recognizes Managers, Staff

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Managers Analyze the Performance of Existing Equipment

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The Benefits and Challenges of Wireless CMMS

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Beyond Buzzwords: Lessons from Manufacturing

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Inventory Management: Managers Need to Take Reins

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Maintenance Staff Influences Building Design, Product Specification

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Restrooms: Develop Standard Practices Manual

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Fresh Set of Eyes Helps See Big Picture

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Wireless CMMS: Managers Must Convince Technicians

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Wireless CMMS: Consider Total Cost of Ownership

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CMMS: Wireless Connectivity an Issue

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Budget Blueprint: Align, Attack, Focus

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Dan Hounsell: Pay Attention to Your Customers

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Chris Matt: Training Budgets Shrink but Education Remains Strong

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Satellite Facility Streamlines Plumbing Maintenance Tasks

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Maintenance 'Smart Teams' Make Department More Efficient

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Plumbing Retrofits

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Boilers and Water Heaters: Proper Training Can Save Money

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Benchmarking Energy Use with Mike Zanghi

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Boilers and Water Heaters: A How-To Training Guide

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Automating Operations: Hospital Upgrades Building-Automation System, CMMS

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Building Construction or Renovations Include Landscape Plan

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Building-Automation Systems and Energy Efficiency with Skip Milton

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Airport Looks for Ways to Cut Costs

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HVAC's Impact on IAQ and Energy Efficiency

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Maintenance Plays Key Role in Building Addition

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Managers Minimize Disruption to Resort Occupants

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USGBC Assesses Performance of LEED-Certified Buildings

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Cooling Equipment: Technician Training

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Manage Work Orders, Parts with Wireless CMMS

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Manuals Help Ensure Proper Lift Operation and Maintenance