ENTERPRISE ASSET MANAGEMENT APPLICATIONS
As organizations continue to grow and deal with an aging portfolio of assets, the need for effective Enterprise-level Asset Management and strategic, integrated, computerized software tools to support management decisions is becoming increasingly important. There is also a need to fully understand the risk and financial implications associated with maintaining an existing and future asset base (buildings, land, equipment, people, and infrastructure), because the value of this asset base is so significant. This whitepaper enumerates various methodologies for tracking space inventory, move management, maintenance requirements, disaster recovery, condition assessments, and life cycle cost management databases for entire asset portfolios. It explores the state-of-the-art technology available today for executives, facility managers, and planners.
MAINTAINING YOUR ASSETS
The value of a Facilities group lies in the policies, procedures, processes, and data required to manage the Assets of the organization. No organization, in any industry, can afford to accept its current level of proficiency. There is always room for improvement in asset management. To effectively pursue improvement, it is necessary to “define the gap” between the current conditions and the goal of implementing an integrated management tool to maintain the data.
What steps should be followed when conducting an Enterprise Asset Management System (EAMS) software selection process? It involves a lot more than just finding a reputable software vendor or reseller. This whitepaper defines the ideal EAM-CMMS software selection process.
WHY CONDUCT A FACILITY CONDITION ANALYSIS (FCA)?
An FCA is an essential tool to be used in the proper management of any physical plant. This is true regardless of whether you choose to conduct an FCA in-house or out-source the effort. This whitepaper argues that the only way to properly manage your facilities assets in a proactive manner, as opposed to a reactive maintenance-only approach, is to have a solid knowledge of the deficiencies that must be corrected.
In almost all cases, a physical plant department already knows what is wrong with their facilities. This knowledge, however, is spread among many different individuals, and, in many cases, is only maintained in mental databases. The lack of a centralized repository of facilities deficiencies information all too often results in renovation or repair projects that omit critical deficiencies. These omissions must eventually be corrected, usually at significantly higher costs. The creation and maintenance of a centralized database of deficiencies is the number one goal of an FCA effort. When all of the deficiencies have been consolidated, it is far more difficult to omit critical items from the design of ongoing renovation projects.
A PITFALL OF LEED®
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) has changed the landscape for architecture, engineering, and facilities management in a positive way. It encourages participants in the industry to think about the downstream effects of our way of life. It encourages recycling of land and space and utilizes building to change our behavior by mitigating waste generated by building users. However, the sustainable systems that are approved by LEED and generate LEED rating points need to be responsibly chosen by the designer. Unfortunately, some systems incorporate unproven technologies that pose a risk to facilities management organizations. Implementation of multiple such systems in a facility compounds the problem. This whitepaper explores a peril of LEED by displaying the results of an operations and maintenance study of a facility in which multiple high maintenance sustainable systems were installed.