A news round-up of stories in the FM sector
Swedish manufacturer Paxxo calls its Longopac waste bags “the strongest in the world” but now with the added boast that it is made from 50 per cent recycled plastics. Compared with a traditional waste bag, the Longopac cuts down CO2 emissions by 80 per cent by allowing the bags to be 100 per cent full.
Honeywell and SAP have launched a new tool for real estate managers to help to manage inefficiencies caused by disconnected data. The cloud-based SaaS solution – Honeywell Forge Real Estate Operations – combines SAP’s IT data with Honeywell’s operational technology (OT) data to improve the visibility on how buildings are performing. The product can help real estate managers achieve their sustainability and energy management targets, improve operational readiness, whilst ensuring occupants’ safety and experience.
Whitespace Work Software has expanded its portfolio of municipal waste collection software with the new route optimisation system, Whitespace Route Planning and Optimisation. The system displays all household collections on a map and uses complex algorithms to take into account a wide range of variables such as local traffic, narrow roads and schools to calculate the most efficient route. The software’s ability to model and compare different service routes can solve complex vehicle routing challenges allowing fleet operators to improve their collection teams’ productivity, reduce fuel costs and cut emissions. It can also play an important role in improving service levels and resident satisfaction.
Construction technology company Zutec has announced that it will supply the BAM Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty joint venture with digital quality assurance solutions for the West section of the £3.8 billion Thames Tideway Tunnel. Currently being built under the River Thames, the tunnel is designed to intercept millions of tonnes of raw sewage spills from entering the river to keep the city clean and protect both people and wildlife. Preparatory work began in 2015 with the project expected to be completed in 2025. As part of a four-year contract, Zutec will provide its quality assurance and snagging and defect management tools to allow the project teams to streamline inspections and provide real-time visibility of quality assurance. This is the latest in a series of large infrastructure project wins for the construction software firm, one of which includes the HS2 project headed by Skanska, Costain and STRABAG.
Oxfordshire County Council has partnered with Alchera Technologies to develop a system fit for the introduction of connected and autonomous vehicles as well as other transport options, such as electric vehicles. The joint venture, worth £500,000, marks the launch of phase two of the GovTech Catalyst initiative in Oxfordshire, with plans for new traffic management technology solutions to be completed by June 2022. Alchera was selected as one of two winners by Oxfordshire County Council after bids submitted by five suppliers. Alchera impressed the council with its approach to integrating multiple data sources. Work will be focused on developing a proof of concept that brings together a variety of transport data sources held by the county council. The systems developed will lead to a prototype system that is capable of offering transport data to technology development companies and the public.
Business Moves Group (BMG), the office and commercial relocation change management company, is partnering with The Coggin Group, provider of sustainable office furniture and furnishing solutions, to enable BMG clients to avoid sending redundant furniture to landfill. The Coggin Group is based in Preston, near BMG’s branches in Manchester and Leeds. According to a 2011 report into office furniture by the Waste and Resource Action Programme, some 1.2 million ofﬁce desks and 1.8 million ofﬁce chairs end up in landﬁll each year. As we exit the pandemic and companies review their real estate strategies, many may downsize and find they have excess furniture. Refurbishing or recycling can seriously reduce the carbon footprint by avoiding landfill, as well as provide substantial cost savings.