Building maintenance and engineering management in institutional and commercial facilities is not simply a job for many managers. It has evolved into a robust and challenging profession. This evolution means learning about technology advances, changing regulations, bottom-line considerations and better ways to manage people and projects are just as important as inspecting a roof or planning to replace an aging boiler.
March 26-28 brings the opportunity to take a deep dive into professional education in person at NFMT Baltimore 2019, the largest annual conference and exposition for maintenance and engineering managers. The event will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Attendees can choose from among more than 100 educational sessions sortable by:
• professional level — beginner, intermediate, advanced
• facility type — education, government, commercial, health care, etc.
• topics — budget management, codes and standards, staffing and services, etc.
For example, an architect and an expert in virtual design and construction will speak about the way drone mapping and laser scanning are transforming facilities management. Nancy Bechtol, director of the office of facilities management and reliability for The Smithsonian Institution, will talk on creating a relationship with top management to align department and organizational goals and support funding of facilities management projects.
Bill Brodt, an experimental facilities engineer for NASA, will speak on the way understanding health in buildings can influence action as he explains the way federal agencies are involved in a sustainable-building effort combining research and collaboration to produce science-based decisions on the benefits of smaller and better work spaces.
With attendees from a cross-section of building types and geographies, NFMT Baltimore 2019 is the place to engage in professional networking that can pay dividends all year long. Meet editors from Building Operating Management and Facility Maintenance Decisions magazines.
Trade contact information with speakers, expo hall booth representatives and tablemates at breakfast and lunch for advice and encouragement later.
Listen to facility managers from the city of Baltimore discuss the way their municipal mobile maintenance program — a data-driven initiative related to budget key performance indicators — helped protect public dollars, reduce work order durations, and increase technician morale.
Attend scheduled meet-and-mingle parties and other networking events to connect and find common interests. Managers swapping professional stories will help others — and in turn, themselves — find solutions to the most pressing problems.
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