Total Facilities: observations from the experts
Facility Management magazine sat down with several seminar speakers and FM experts who attended Total Facilities at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre last week.
Here are some of their observations from the event:
Preeti Bajaj, Schneider Electric
(Seminar: The new norm – smart buildings as a business enabler)
It has been really interesting. There are a whole lot of providers and manufacturers that are across the floor today, which is interesting to see. Obviously technology when it first comes out – the devices that are affected – the response first comes from the manufacturing industry. Then it is the job of the manufacturing industry to go and convince the people that are using them to see if there is value that can be created by going to the next level.
Bligh Williams, Workplace Space Planning Solutions
(Seminar: Agile working, the new activity based working)
Total Facilities has been very good this year. There is obviously a wide selection of industries that come through the show and I think that the interest that came out of the discussions around agile working shows that there is a true interest in the subject. There are a lot of organisations out there – both in the public and private sector – who are really feeling quite challenged by it but want to embrace it and get the best for the organisation.
Marie-Claire Ross, Corporate Culture Creator
(Seminar: Four steps to creating a mentally healthy workplace)
I have actually been really thrilled at the turn up and doing the presentation it was great to see so many people engaged and wanting to learn. (People are) really wanting to stretch themselves and know more about how to do things better. I love going to conferences and looking at all the stands, and just feeling the energy and excitement, people making connections and learning more – it’s a really great atmosphere.
Malcolm Foort, Zuuse
(Seminar: BIM in FM – It’s real)
It has been pretty informative. I have walked around the floor and there are a lot of vendors out there. (There’s) quite a lot of variation and a lot of people walking around asking questions. Overall, I think it seems to be very good and very well attended – a good diverse number of exhibitors showing some interesting solutions to things.
Steve Woodrow, Flinders University
(Seminar: BIM in FM – It’s real)
From our perspective, the number of people who have come up and approached us about what we have spoken of and what we are here to do, the interest has been good. What has been put together is starting to work and if that continues for the two days everyone will get a lot of benefit out of it.
Larry Spielvogel, independent consulting engineer
(Seminar: Green buildings waste energy efficiently)
It’s interesting that I don’t see too many exhibitors of the major energy consuming equipment in buildings, especially the heating and cooling, and to some extent the lighting. Even when you look at some of the exhibits here, just walk up to almost any booth on the floor and you are immediately hit with a tremendous shot of glare in the face of LED lighting, which may be energy efficient but is not visually acceptable. So people have to use judgement and just going by energy efficiency it’s not the sole yardstick to use.
Graham Constable, independent FM consultant
There’s a real buzz – the exhibitors have been really excellent. The presentations have all been great and really relevant, and there have been big audiences at each of them. It’s made people think hopefully about: ‘Am I developing myself so I am going to be ready for the future?’ If I was an existing practitioner working for a service provider I would be thinking: ‘What do I need to do to be ready for this?’ or ‘Am I allowing myself to be skilled up and be ready for this sort of transformation?’
Roy Arindam, BuildingIQ
We attended the conference last year and we had a stand – we had some tremendous feedback from the conference. The principle thing I would actually add is that such a conference of this scale really helps us to reconnect with our existing clients. A lot of times clients are really busy and may not have the time to catch up for coffee. This is the perfect time for them to come along and see what is going on in the market.