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22 March 2019
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12 July 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal

The BIFM has said that facilities managers are key to “unlocking value from new technology” as a part of the government’s Construction Sector Deal announced last week.


Linda Hausmanis, CEO of the British Institute of Facilities Management, the professional body for facilities and workplace professionals, said: “If the announcement last week of a £420 million sector deal between government and the construction sector does not seem immediately relevant to workplace and facilities professionals, then take another look.”


Hausmanis states that “the deal focuses on transforming the construction sector through the use of innovative technologies like BIM, which can revolutionise not only the approach to constructing a building but, importantly for FMs, its operation; and in the same vein, on whole life asset performance for buildings, which shifts the emphasis from the cost of construction to the costs of a building throughout its life cycle, especially its use of energy”.


Approaches like this, combined with data-yielding tech, “provides the opportunity for built environment professionals – especially FMs – because when the construction phase is finished and the contractor hands over the keys, it’s a facilities or workplace professional who will be managing that building throughout its life, and helping to realise the benefits”, added Hausmanis.  


She added: “FM professionals have been helping to keep our facilities and workplaces safe, efficient and compliant for years. If we can seize the opportunity presented by the construction sector deal to attract and grow a highly skilled workforce that can understand and exploit these new technologies and keep our facilities and workplaces high-performing, they can leverage real value for the businesses they support, and the economy more widely.”  


Research commissioned earlier this year by BIFM Embracing Technology to Move FM Forward examining the role technology will play in FM’s future, identified an awareness gap among FMs of the potential for technology to alter their operating environment. 


Chris Moriarty, director of insight at the BIFM, said: “This innovative deal is exactly the sort of opportunity that can help FMs drive performance in their businesses and improve client service. BIFM is best placed to enable FM professionals to develop the skills and knowledge to meet current and future challenges it presents. Our BIM technology work in partnership with the Zurich Institute of Facilities Management and Liverpool John Moores is actively building awareness and understanding of these technologies and their application, not least through expert knowledge and up-to-the-minute guidance.”