Six months on: FM Innovation Awards Education Winner
FM Media is recognising and celebrating innovation and excellence within the facilities management industry through its FM Innovation Awards, the first of which was held in early 2018 and saw a ceremony and celebration on day one of the Total Facilities expo.
The inaugural awards celebrated five categories within FM: Healthcare, Workplace, Hospitality, Education and Multi-Residential, as well as crowning an Overall Winner.
The worthy winner of the Education category was the Queensland Department of Education for its Asset Life Cycle Assessments project, which was delivered and nominated by Macutex.
The Queensland Department of Education and Training (DET) introduced changed to how infrastructure investment decisions are made, particularly in relation to public facilities, in a bid to move away from the traditional approach of identifying reactive maintenance issues to a more thorough facilities Asset Life Cycle Assessment (ACLA).
Macutex was engaged to assist in the development of innovative data capture solutions and interactive dashboard reporting solutions, to facilitate improved long-term strategic planning and budget allocation strategies at an individual school, regional and department level.
Key outcomes included:
- the development of four-year and 12-year costed life cycle renewal program information as the basis for future planning and development
- effective communication to schools regarding the change from defect inspections to the new ACLA program
- interactive, visual dashboards allowing interrogation of data and key summaries
- preparation of building plans provided by the DET with an opportunity for improvement in ongoing FM practices, and
- a comprehensive, complete and accurate set of facilities asset data for strategic planning and operational decision-making, across a school’s entire portfolio.
Now, six months on from the awards, FM Media chats to Greg Duck, manager, Infrastructure Services Branch, DET and Barry Murray, manager, contract delivery and performance, Macutex, about winning the award.
FM MEDIA: Tell us about winning the award – how did it feel to see the Queensland Department of Education and Macutex win the award?
BARRY MURRAY: The awards night was very enjoyable and it was an honour for Macutex and the department to be nominated for Innovation in the Education Sector at the FM Innovation Awards. To walk away with the award on the night was a fantastic feeling for the team, who had put in so much hard work over the past few years on the project.
GREG DUCK: It was a surprise really. We knew Macutex had entered, but it was a bit of a shock that the entry actually won. In the end, we were very gratified to receive such an award, in partnership with Macutex. I think that the award is a recognition of the work that we had done in developing the concept and most importantly, the productive nature of the partnership we forged with Macutex to deliver the Asset Life Cycle Assessments. It shows how we worked together to deliver an outstanding result.
FM: What has winning the FM Innovation Award meant for you and Macutex?
BM: It’s the first time in the company’s 10-year history that we have won such a prestigious award and been officially recognised by our peers for the innovative work solutions we are providing our clients in the facilities management space each and every day. We have also received recognition from colleagues and industry partners after the awards which was very positive.
GD: The award drew praise from senior management within the department so that was further acknowledgment of our work. It provides evidence that the whole process has been a valuable exercise.
FM: What has happened in the six month since winning the award?
GD: The results of the ALCAs are proving useful in developing programs of work for schools. We are analysing the results to look at long-term trends and where to most effectively invest infrastructure funds. We are also looking at how to undertake future ACLAs based on our experience with the initial round.
BM: Macutex have been going from strength to strength, it’s been a tremendously busy and productive six months. We have been working hard on the Victorian Schools condition assessment program all across the state, as well with other clients in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
FM: Would you recommend others to enter the awards and why?
GD: Yes – it provides recognition for your work and you feel a sense of achievement for the effort you have put in.
BM: Yes, absolutely I’d encourage others to get involved. The event was very well organised and attended on the night by highly regarded businesses and organisations in facility management, there was a great atmosphere at the venue and each of the award nominees received great exposure for their innovation in the workplace.