The latest of the technological trends which have been introduced in order to maintain several facilities have actually brought a great revolution in the field. It is really important to keep up with the advancing world and merge it with the latest of the technologies. A few of the latest technological trends which are bringing about a change in the field of Facility Management are as mentioned below:
Building Information Modeling: BIM has become an integral part of the architectural as well as the construction world. Building Information Modeling is used to create and scale up virtual models of any building structure. It provides a completely detailed model for the owner as well as the developers and the architects prior to the construction process of the building for review and implementing any kind of changes.
BIM is comparatively not a new technology, but its implementation in Facility Management is becoming really common in the current days. The power of this tool had been developing over the years and its capabilities of data provision and project delivery are attracting the construction as well as the conservation industry. This virtual modeling tool has been attracting the companies as it provides them with great opportunities in collaborating and communicating between the various design and construction teams.
The IoT: IoT refers to the “Internet of the Things” which is a vast network of internet accessible devices which can be used by the facility. It includes a number of internet compatible devices such as sensors, thermostats, and data evaluators which reduce the overall consumption of energy in the facility used for the various activities being performed. Each of the devices under this technology picks up the various data from around the facility such as the current temperatures, light requirements, etc. to reduce the energy wastage and implement the energy wherever required.
IoT can not only reduce the amount of energy consumption of the facility and reduce the overall bills but also increase the occupants’ comfort. This technology can sense the wastage points as well as the requirements of the various spaces and perform or indicate the responsible person to implement that activity. This technology might seem a bit expensive prior to its installation but can save you much more in the future. Moreover, this technology is for sure going to be an integral part of all the future buildings to increase the users’ comfort level and perform its bit towards sustainable use of energy.
Advanced HVAC: When it comes to the maintenance of large facilities, the major expense which adds up to the high expenses is the HVAC system. However, the common people’s awareness towards the environment and the sustainable use of energy has promoted the implementation of advanced technologies to make HVAC systems better for the environment as well as the occupants of the facility. The advanced technologies bring in the implementation of building automation reducing the costs and the energy consumption of HVAC systems.
Moreover, the usage of automation system notifies the management for any kind of maintenance requirements to prevent complete failure of the equipment and helps in solving the problem before its occurrence to prevent any user inconvenience. Building automation can not only create a futuristic approach towards the facility management but also act as a positive step towards the sustainable use of energy and awareness for the environment. However, this technique can only be beneficial for large-scale facilities at current times due to the implementation costs involved. However, with the evolution of technology, this technology can bring about a huge revolution in the facility management field.
Automated Facility Management: The world is becoming completely automated these days, even more, competent with development and implementation if Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the technology world. Moreover, with the development of a number of automated software to maintain the facilities, the use of spreadsheets and blueprints has lowered over the years. The management no more requires their memory skills and search skills to find out year old data hidden in the dust-covered files. Moreover, the lack of automated software and technologies leads to more repairing and maintenance cost as compared to automated facilities.
Automation is the need of the present and key to development in facility management. Instead to authorities wasting time in recording as well as searching for data for management, automated facilities provide ready to go data along with a feasible solution to make the whole process a lot easier and cost effective for one and all.
Implementation of Drones: Usage of drones opens up a number of opportunities to be grabbed in facility management. One of the major features being offered by these unmanned flying creatures is improved safety and automation. These unmanned devices can be really helpful for disaster management and inspection of the facilities prior any natural calamity such as a hurricane or earthquakes. Not only these devices are highly capable of inspection but can also put up feasible solutions for the caused damage and problems with the help of automated software.
These drones can be fed with automated GPS routes which can be monitored automatically for any kind of unforeseen activities throughout the facility. Moreover, this also eliminates the need for huge manpower for inspecting as well as securing the facilities. The use of these drones can also lower the workload of security personnel by providing them with live footage of the whole facility at one go from an elevated height.
The above mentioned technological trends are bringing about a change in the field of facility management and also helping in the futuristic development of buildings towards sustainable use of energy in the facilities and increasing the security and comfort of the occupants. Automated technologies do not only increase the efficiency of the whole facility but also lowers the bill generation and keeps a check on cost-effectiveness along with providing with the best solutions for any prevailing problem in the concerned area. The future of facility management lies in the hands of advancing technology and is moving in a positive direction.