Facility Maintenance Decisions

Engineered Education



A new event geared to facility maintenance and engineering professionals debuts in March 2005



Baltimore, Maryland
March 15-17, 2005

The Details
Tuesday, March 15
Conferences: 9 a.m. - noon
Exhibits: Noon - 4 p.m.
Opening night reception: 4 p.m.
Wednesday, March 16
Conferences: 9 - 11:30 a.m.,
3:40 - 4:40 p.m.
Exhibits: 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Birds of a Feather
Networking Sessions:

4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
Thursday, March 17
Conferences: 9 - 10 a.m.
1:10 - 2 p.m.
Exhibits: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Online registration begins
November 1
Click here for more information on
seminars,speakers and schedules, or call
(414) 228-7701, extension 343.

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.”

NFM&T Returns:
Free facilities show enters its fifth year in Baltimore

Plans are in motion for the fifth annual National Facilities Management and Technology Conference/Exposition (NFM&T), taking place March 15-17, 2005, at the Baltimore Convention Center. With educational content developed by the editorial staff of Building Operating Management magazine, NFM&T addresses the facility management challenges of owners and executives of the nation’s largest commercial and institutional buildings with three days of educational sessions, exhibits and networking opportunities, all at no charge to attendees.

“The fact that NFM&T is free to attend certainly sets it apart from other facilities management events,” says Wendy Loerch, the show’s director of education. “But what truly distinguishes NFM&T is the quality of content in our educational sessions. Each year brings more industry experts to our podiums, and 2005 is no exception.” Loerch points to three sessions confirmed NFM&T’s 2005 Strategy conference track:

  • “How to Demonstrate the Value of Your Department.” Presented by Jonathan Estes of Strategic Measures Inc., this session will address the trends and issues facing professionals in measuring the business impact of facilities management, including a case study from an evaluation of a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility.
  • “The FM DNA Legacy Continues: Influencing the Behavior of Individuals and Groups in FM Organizations.” Presented by Stormy Friday of The Friday Group, this session focuses on differences between FM staff functioning independently and in groups, as well as the ways managers should determine the best approach for a particular application.
  • “Using Teams as an FM Strategy.“ Presented by Scott Hulick of Facility Management Associates, this session will work on building the team concept within the organization and as a framework for working with other service providers in a teaming relationship. It includes a case study of a corporate relocation.

Additional NFM&T tracks include: Assets, Sustainable Design and Operations, Pulse/Energy, Security, Technology and Forecast. More than 70 conference sessions will be presented overall.

Attracting more than 3,700 attendees in 2004, NFM&T 2005 seeks to break all previous records with an expected attendance of 4,500 facility professionals and more than 400 industry suppliers showcasing their products, technology and services. Click for more information.




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