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Blog – examining trends in Computer Aided Facilities Management

Leading service and maintenance provider, JCA, explores how advances in technology are helping to improve the efficiency of facilities management by providing greater transparency, process streamlining and better communication.

Although not a new concept, computer aided facilities management (CAFM), has constantly evolved to become one of the most efficient means of managing and monitoring a building, through a dedicated software application. With many facilities managers now being responsible for a number of business tasks, such as flexible workspace scheduling and health and safety compliance, CAFM has become an indispensable tool for managing a range of activities via a single system.

As a result, the majority of today’s CAFM packages are designed to cover a selection of actions, ranging from basic responsibilities for one individual, through to complex multiple tasks undertaken by a number of employees, who need to input information from different computers.  Furthermore, advances in mobile technology now enables CAFM software to be accessed securely from anywhere, allowing employees to monitor and update information when offsite.

Making CAFM ‘mobile’ provides facilities managers with the opportunity to streamline everyday activities such as planned maintenance by making them more efficient. It also encourages a proactive approach thanks to improved communication and responsiveness. Tracking and monitoring facility-related operations via a single CAFM package also helps organisations to gain real-time insights into the performance and regulatory compliance of their buildings.

As buildings become more intelligent in their design and workplace practices such as ‘hot desking’ become the norm, CAFM has also evolved to provide organisations with a smarter, more efficient way of managing their facilities.  For example, the integration of CAFM with other applications, such as building management systems (BMS) and accounting software, provides a rich source of ‘real time’ data and therefore a more accurate picture of the health of an organisation’s facilities.

Linking CAFM with building information modelling (BIM) is also gaining momentum as more organisations look to improve the efficiency of buildings. As a result, this presents an opportunity for the facilities industry to impact on a building’s whole life cost by working collaboratively with architects and contractors during the design and build phase.

With the outsourcing of facilities management services becoming standard practice, advanced CAFM packages also enable contractors to provide their clients with a complete compliance solution, as well as service level agreement (SLA) adherence, traceability and transparency.  For example, products such as Microsoft Dynamics 365 Field Service, utilised by JCA, integrates asset management, preventative maintenance and work order management, as well as mobile working functionality, collaboration and analytics into a single CAFM platform.

From a contractor’s perspective, utilising CAFM to support asset management is fundamental to ensuring successful contract delivery.  As a provider of mechanical and electrical maintenance services, the asset management capability offered by Dynamics 365 is especially valuable to JCA when it comes to delivering planned preventive maintenance (PPM).  Dynamics 365 supports this requirement by storing comprehensive asset profiles with granular detail such as manufacturer and warranty information, installation date and condition, as well as operational ratings, health and safety details, remedial summaries and galleries of date-stamped photographs.  By doing so, Dynamics 365, supports JCA’s objective of providing clients with meaningful information in real-time, as well as the business intelligence to analyse and share data with clients on the performance of their maintenance operation.

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JCA celebrates World FM Day

World FM Day, initiated by Global FM, is an international celebration of the importance of the FM profession. Its aim is to raise the profile of facilities management around the world and those involved in shaping and influencing the health, safety, productivity and well-being of people utilising the built environment. It highlights how facilities management plays an integral role in enabling positive customer, client and employee experience in all sectors, whether that’s residential, leisure, entertainment, retail, healthcare or any other.

For 2018, the theme remains the same as last year, focusing on “Enabling positive experiences”. Duncan Waddell, Chairman of Global FM, said: “The 2018 theme shines the spotlight on facilities management’s important role across the globe. Facility managers deliver exceptional customer experiences worldwide across multiple sectors and World FM Day is an important time for us to reflect on that. You will find that FM directly impacts many industries and there are examples in travel and tourism, residential, entertainment, sport & leisure, health and education, as well as the wider workplace.”

At JCA we take time to understand each of our client’s unique requirements and tailor maintenance packages to suit each business’s individual needs. Our aim is to create strong relationships with the client’s FM teams based on mutual trust and understanding, as well as to provide first class customer experience.

Tom Absalom, Managing Director, JCA, said: “As a leading M&E maintenance provider, we fully understand the importance of facilities management professionals and the role they play in often complex environments, ensuring that end users receive world class service. We are proud to be part of this by providing seamless and client-tailored M&E maintenance services. At JCA we believe that collaborative engagement between FM teams and suppliers is not only beneficial but crucial in order to achieve a positive customer experience. This transparent and collaborative approach is a standard that we have set across the company and one that we believe should form part of our industry’s culture”.

World FM Day is a fantastic opportunity to discuss and share experiences and knowledge across the industry, to raise the awareness, promote the FM profession and celebrate the successes of the industry.

To get involved, join the conversation on Twitter and share your positive stories using hashtag #WorldFMDay

JCA is a proud member of BIFM. Click on this link for more information about World FM Day

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