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Got BIM?

February 22, 2017


Building Information Modeling (BIM) is quickly becoming the norm for constructing buildings. But is it something you need for your existing facility? According to the National BIM Standard-United States, BIM “is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of …

Categorized: Buildings

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How to increase productivity through safety programs

February 15, 2017


Once upon a time, manufacturers saw safety programs as either an annoyance or a punishment. Times have changed – now manufacturers see safety as a competitive edge. There are two ways in which having a safer environment can add to …

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Security, Part 6: The Vulnerability of the Internet of Things

February 8, 2017


In early 2014, more than 100,000 Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including home appliances, were manipulated into sending 750,000 phishing emails over the course of about two weeks, waking the world up to a new threat. The IoT offers promise …

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Decision-Making, Part One: How to Avoid Fatigue

February 1, 2017


As a facilities manager you are constantly faced with making decisions—some big, some small. These decisions take their toll throughout the day. Researchers have a term for it: decision fatigue. Studies have shown that the mind has a finite amount …

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Facility Security, Part Five: The Key to Creating Secure Passwords

January 25, 2017


Cybercrime is getting worse every year. One estimate claims that its impact on the world economy is as high as $15 trillion. In other articles, we’ve covered several forms of cybercrime, including ransomware, phishing, visual hacking, as well as threats …

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Quantify your facility’s energy efficiency

January 18, 2017


The Department of Energy (DOE) has a wealth of resources on its website for facility managers to improve their energy efficiency. One of the best tools available is the Commercial Building Energy Asset Score, which is a voluntary national scoring …

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WELL: The LEED for employees

January 11, 2017


LEED is focused on encouraging companies to design, construct, operate, and maintain buildings in a way that is healthiest for the environment. However, a new standard has emerged with a focus on designing buildings in a way that is healthiest …

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Using the Internet of Things for smarter building use

December 28, 2016


By using smart sensor technology, facility managers can gauge how employees are using available spaces like conference rooms and common meeting spaces. Employee workspaces are increasingly relevant, given today’s trend of more workers making use of flexible work hours and …

Categorized: Security

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How to start green cleaning

December 21, 2016


One of the jobs of a facilities manager is to ensure a clean and healthy work environment. Unfortunately, many of the traditional products used for cleaning can cause tremendous harm to the environment, as well as to vulnerable employees. Pregnant …

Categorized: Cleaning, Environmental