Hi blog enthusiasts, welcome to another installment of Facilities Friday. When we last met
, we talked about our new solution, IBM Intelligent Building Management
. Quick refresher: IBM Intelligent Building Management is a solution that combines real-time monitoring with event management and analytics to help building owners and managers optimize energy, enhance operations, improve reliability & extend asset life to help create a smarter building. It integrates with building management systems & equipment to capture data which can be used for improved energy analytics and performance, facilities management and reduced operating costs. Great segue to what I would like to talk about today.
A key part of building management, in addition to monitoring and analytics (in my opinion), is asset and workplace management. Buildings, equipment and technology assets have always required close management from operations and maintenance staff and although management tasks may be less hands-on and more computer-based, asset management still must be closely focused, monitored and regularly adjusted. And IBM's Maximo has has always been there for the ride. Add to that our new solutions for integrated workplace management (TRIRIGA) and you have a winning combination.
When we talk about smarter buildings, we always talk about three areas: energy, operations and space. In the energy domain, building and facilities managers need to understand how energy is used, how much it costs, where their facilities consume excess energy, how the building has performed over time and which opportunities exist to reduce energy waste and increase resource efficiency. On the operations side, they need to know the type of equipment in the facility, the age of that equipment and the cost of its maintenance, downtime of the equipment, the services associated with how it is maintained so that they can provide reliable service, and identify the most effective operational and capital improvements. And lastly, on the space side, they need to understand the usage of the buildings, the occupancy level the facility, the occupancy cost, and the degree to which the building space is serving the type of business conducted in the building, whether it is a hotel, a data center, or a commercial company. Enterprise asset and integrated workplace management play in to all three of these areas and can help create smarter, sustainable building operations. Smarter buildings are:
- Instrumented, with sensors, meters and instruments that monitor assets, energy use, equipment status, systems performance, and environmental conditions to supply data to the management solution.
- Interconnected, providing integrated data gathering and assembly capabilities that deliver a top-down and bottom-up view of facility performance, including energy and space use and costs.
- Intelligent, with capabilities for advanced analytics that can detect and diagnose faults, deliver insight into how to save money, and help predict problems before building performance and occupants are affected.
In sum, asset and integrated workplace management can help create smarter buildings through reducing costs; lowering energy and natural resource consumption; increasing efficient use of space; extending equipment’s useful life; managing inventory, purchasing or lease contracts; and delivering business services that provide a competitive advantage
Much of what I've talked about today (and then some!) is available in a white paper that I helped create, if you would like to read more, I urge you to download it: Creating sustainable business operations with IBM asset and integrated workplace management solutions.
And last but not least, I'd like to make you aware of an upcoming webcast. We have some great speakers lined up from IBM, TRIRIGA and Tulane University for a webcast that will take place on September 21 at 1PM eastern time entitled "Smarter buildings: Integrate facilities management and IT to reduce energy and operating costs". More details to come!