The Skills Guide for Facility Managers details 10 must-have traits for those new to the industry
This peer-to-peer networking session will cover best practices for working with young facility professionals
March 7-9, 2006
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Recently, the team responsible for municipal buildings in Richmond, British Columbia, began to sense that the condition of the city’s facilities was starting to reach a critical point. More than 20 percent of its132 buildings were about 30 years old.
With numerous facility systems reaching the ends of their life cycles, maintenance and engineering managers more often found themselves forced to use funds set aside for preventive and routine maintenance to make unscheduled capital repairs.
David Naysmith, Richmond’s manager of facility management planning and construction, addressed this problem by implementing a facilities capital planning and asset management program. He also developed long-range plans for the optimal care of the public infrastructure, all of which ultimately led to significant savings for the city, from reduced emergency repair costs to more on-target planning and cutting material and procurement costs.
What can facility professionals learn from the Richmond experience? Naysmith will be on hand at the 2006 Maintenance Solutions Expo & Conference (MS Expo) to present his experiences in a session titled, “Implementing a Life-Cycle Approach to Facility Stewardship: The City of Richmond Speaks Out.” In the session, Naysmith, along with Susan Anson, VFA general manager, will discuss the reasons city leaders chose to implement such a program, the challenges in doing so, and the resulting benefits to the city and its inhabitants.
The MS Expo once again will be co-located with the national Facilities Management & Technology Conference and Exhibition (NFM&T), giving attendees access to more than 90 free educational sessions, 500 industry suppliers and numerous networking opportunities.
For a full conference session listing and to register online, visitors can go to www.MaintenanceSolutionsExpo.com
Options Revealed: Newly Announced Additions to MS Expo Conference Schedule
Proactive maintenance is one of the timely, relevant topics that will be addressed at MS Expo 2006, taking place March 7-9 at the Baltimore Convention Center. With conference tracks including Maintenance Management Insight and MRO, the 30 educational sessions cover a spectrum of professional issues.
Maintenance Scorecards: Measure What You Manage
Presented by Michael B. Cowley, CPMM, of CE Maintenance Solutions, the session spotlights the importance of tracking the activities and performance of a maintenance organization. Included in the discussion will be the business reasons for measuring what you manage, the prerequisites for establishing a scorecard, and the top 10 maintenance scorecards.
Partnering Design and Maintenance
Presented by Steve Spencer and Kristi Zook of State Farm Insurance, the session outlines steps taken by interior design and facilities maintenance to develop a team dynamic and a methodology for defining a company standards program to be utilized in building projects. The aim: to accent the need for the collaboration of the two units in developing a process ensuring aesthetically pleasing and maintenance friendly attributes. The speakers developed proven design and maintenance ideas, and they will share them with attendees.
The NASA Method: Streamlining Condition Assessments, Estimating Deferred Maintenance
Presented by Donald Sapp of Plexus Scientific Corp., the session addresses the struggles to produce accurate facility condition assessments. It also presents an overview of NASA’s facility condition assessment method — a rapid, low-cost, auditable, and consistent assessment of the condition of its facilities and systems that provides a deferred maintenance costs estimates for less than $0.02 per square foot.
New Metering Standards: NEPA 2005
Presented by Greg Peters of EnVision Energy Solutions Co., explores the National Energy Policy Act of 2005 and its new standards intended to allow the electricity consumer to manage energy use and costs through advanced metering and communications. This session will examine impacts of this legislation, including the potential benefits of these advanced metering methods to end users, and it will provide an update on various state implementations related to demand response and time-based metering.
Terror in the Maintenance World: Converting Ambient Anxiety Into Productivity
Presented by Randy Uzzell of Global Security Solutions and Pete Little of Mpact Learning, the session demonstrates how to prepare for the worst while generating the best performance results in a maintenance department. This session details how to minimize expenses without weakening defenses, how to develop a systematic approach to avert a disaster, and how to convert concerns over terrorism into constructive results.