3 April 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
FM professionals with an interest in how technology and innovation will continue to influence the way facilities management is delivered are being invited to contribute to the debate by joining a new working group being formed by BIFM.
The group will explore the role of technology and its impact on how FM can be planned, managed and developed, with the aim of producing a new suite of information and guidance to help FMs understand and embrace the new solutions and practices that technology will bring to the role.
BIFM's research and information manager Peter Brogan said: "The opportunity that technology presents to change the way FM works is huge, but it will have to be leveraged by skilled and knowledgeable professionals who understand how best to facilitate the convergence of people, place and process for business. As an institute, we have long recognised the potential technology has to transform the FM function and how advancements such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Building Information Modelling and robotics are already contributing to improving business performance.
"As such, FMs will need to be equipped with the right skills and information to harness the benefits technology can bring to FM service delivery and overcome the challenges it may present. The formation of this new group is the first step towards supporting our members in this way through the production of a range of guidance documents featuring key learnings and insights they can draw on."
The introduction of a technology working group follows the successful launch of BIFM's Operational Readiness Steering Group, which has published a suite of literature that began with the Operational Readiness Guide published in 2016.
Expressions of interest can be made to the BIFM research and information team by emailing [email protected]