FMClarity- The Answer for Aged Care Facilities Management

Aged care accounts for the direct employment of 350,000 Australians. Do they have the tools required to become an FM sector as big as commercial real estate?

Case Study: The Broken Glass Panel

Case Study: The Broken Glass Panel

Case Study will examine a non-standard incident submitted by former and current FMs, where the best course of action was not clear in the moment. Please submit your thoughts and comments below!

FM Tools of the Trade

FM Tools of the Trade

As a Facilities Manager, your daily tools are more likely to be flat and backlit than powered by a lithium battery. Excel, a calculator and…well really that’s a lot of it.

Requiem for the Cleaners – On So-Called Soft Services

Requiem for the Cleaners – On So-Called Soft Services

Mankind has endless capacity for speciation. We simply cannot resist the urge to define one thing without contrasting it with another, and often in a way that is implicitly judgmental. Sometimes explicitly. We do it with race, with religion, with sports, with systems of government – if there’s more than one way to do something, be sure that mankind will find a way to assign a value to each different method that can be compared to the other.

Profile: The Facilities Manager

Profile: The Facilities Manager

Profile seeks to bring you a perspective on the FM world from the people who keep the lights on. Today we’re speaking to Mike, a Facilities Manager for one of the largest asset management firms in the world.

Profile: The Bid Writer

Profile: The Bid Writer

Profile seeks to bring you a perspective on the FM world from the people who keep the lights on. First in our series is The Bid Writer – the person responsible for turning a bid request into salaries for Facilities Managers and their teams.

Profile: The Bid Manager

Profile: The Bid Manager

Profile seeks to bring you a perspective on the FM world from the people who keep the lights on. First in our series is The Bid Manager – the person who has to reconcile the requirements of the client with the operational ability of the FM team to deliver.

Facilities Management Sub-Cultures

Facilities Management Sub-Cultures

If you’re coming to FM from a different operational background, or from a sales and customer service perspective, it can be tough to transition while getting familiar with the sub-cultures and petty rivalries. Here now is a handy field guide to the more basic internal tyre-fires raging on in our little slice of the workforce.

What Would a Facilities Management Hero Look Like?

What Would a Facilities Management Hero Look Like?

Now THAT’S a fun title, eh? You’re probably thinking this is going to be an article about how to best serve tenants and staff members in your buildings, right? Well we might do that eventually. For now we’re going to look at the very serious business of how to cast the role of Facilities Manager as a protagonist in a genre film. Because we really like genre films! Enjoy!

Tech Graveyards: On Handling E-Waste

Tech Graveyards: On Handling E-Waste

You would think that city offices, chock-full of ambitious and conscientious inner-city twentysomethings, would be more hip to recycling than rural industrial warehouses and manufacturing plants. And you’d probably be wrong. Whereas industrial sites are regulated heavily in how they dispose of their waste, office environments are breeding grounds for little technology ‘graveyards’ – piles of busted mice, keyboards, monitors and cabling that get shoved out of sight into tambours, desk drawers and storage rooms, if not bestrewn on the ground in a forgotten corner of a call centre like a pile of bones.

The 5 People You Meet in FM

The 5 People You Meet in FM

Facilities Management is a quiet industry, full of quotidian tasks and predictable challenges where nothing can possi-bligh go wrong. Thankfully, there’s a recurring roster of colourful characters you meet on your travels in FM regardless of whether the site is a warehouse, office building or residential tower.

Player Profile – Jones Lang LaSalle

Player Profile – Jones Lang LaSalle

Player Profile will seek to give a short introduction to the top firms in the assets and facilities management world. This week we look at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), which by some measures is the world’s largest asset management group.

Primer – VESDA Systems

Primer – VESDA Systems

Facilities Management comes with a suite of impressive acronyms, but few have the straightforward charm of VESDA, or Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus. This system is used primarily in data centres and other environments where fire or contamination would pose a mission-critical threat.

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