A professional called a Facility Manager  (abbreviated as FMP), is the person who integrates the people and working place (facilities) with an organization financial and productive objectives.

 

Facilities Management profession combines the principles of business administration, architecture and the behavioral and engineering sciences.

Facilities management profession as a fairly new business management discipline is increasing its role in business and industry.

 

The International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction http://www.cibworld.nl/site/home/index.html CIB W070 Working Commission on Facilities Management and Maintenance defines that the facilities management fits in to the following categories:

  • Financial management.
    This refers to the investment issues including: sale and purchase, rental return, rebuild or renovation, etc.
  • Space management.
    This includes space utilization, interior design, fit- out and relocation, etc.
  • Operational management.
    This refers to the maintenance management and refurbishment and lease and property management including building enclosure, building services, building environment and building grounds.
  • Behavioral management.
    This refers to the users of the building, including users’ perceptions, the satisfaction of the occupants and participation of users, etc. 

Intelligent building and facilities management are closely linked. The buildings system includes infrastructure that is managed and controlled by the Intelligent Bulding system applications. Facility Manager must be a part of an Inteligent Building team to get the most of the building performance.

Facilities Manager specific responsibilities lay in the following functional areas:

  • Long-range Facility Planning
  • Strategic Master Planning
  • Facility Financial Forecasting and Budgeting
  • Acquisition, Utilization, Redeployment
  • Maintenance and Disposal of Assets
  • Renovation, New Construction, Architecture
  • Engineering, Planning, and Design
  • Interior Design, Space Planning, Workplace Specifications
  • Furniture and Equipment Installation and Space Management
  • Telecommunications and Cable Management
  • Human Resources, Security, General Administration
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Predictive, Preventive, and Demand Maintenance
FM Functions&Responsibilities

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Known Companies Selling Computer Aided Facilities Management Systems (updated 2015)

Advanced Technologies Group (ATG), Inc.

http://www.atginc.com/

ComPlus is a CAFM system that has integrated the CAD application, condition assessment module and space inventory module.

Align Solutions Corporation

http://www.align.com/

This E-business solution provider focuses on business process automation, communication and data integration.  Computer Integrated Resource Management, and Virtual Service Center Portals.

Aperture Technologies, Inc.

http://www.aperture.com/

Design CAFM visual information system for managing space, creating reports, handling personnel issues, allocating equipment, tracking maintenance, and more.

Applied Management Engineering

http://www.ame.net/

AME is an engineering firm specializing in facility engineering and management.  FCIS was originally developed to support in-house efforts.  Now, the FCIS system is commercially available for Windows 95/98, and Windows NT environments.

Argus Financial Software

http://www.argussoftware.com/

Makers of the standard software for real estate industry controlling cash flow, investment analysis, lease analysis, property valuation, due diligence, asset management and budgeting.

AssetWorks, Inc.

http://www.assetworks.com/

Provides comprehensive, expert solutions for facility and real estate management professionals to more effectively use their organization's physical assets including people, facilities, space, equipment and materials

Anton Systems, Inc.

http://www.antonsystems.com/

Anton offers a full range of computer software and support services for real estate property management, construction project control and real estate accounting.  Providers of the Skyline Solution, Pro-Ject, Rent Roll, Real Estate Organizer, and SamTrac FM

Bentley

http://www.bentley.com/

The ActiveAsset solutions enable enterprise-wide management of facilities, assets and supporting information.

Business Integration Group

http://www.bigcenter.com/

Geared to provide Internet based asset management services for corporate real estate and facility management departments.

DataStream

http://www.dstm.com/

Comprehensive Maintenance Management System; web-based system; integration with e-procurement processes collaborating with www.e-procure.com

Drawbase Software

http://www.drawbase.com/

Worldwide supplier of design and management information systems and implementation services

E-Builder

http://www.e-builder.net/

E-Builder, Inc. is the pioneer and leading provider of Internet applications for the construction industry

Facility Wizard

http://www.facilitywiz.com/

Its mission is to introduce the idea to facility managers that maybe they do not need a large CAFM system.  Instead, maybe they need some simple, intuitive, yet powerful database tools that help them do their jobs better.

FIS - Facility Information Systems

http://www.fisinc.com/

Oracle enterprise wide facility management system; includes modules for CIRM, ERP, Lease and Property Management, CAFM

FM:Systems

http://www.fmsystems.com/

Computer applications for facility management strategic planning that are known for flexibility and ease-of-use

Hansen Information Technologies

http://www.hsntech.com/

Corporate real estate software tools that assist in portfolio analysis, strategic planning decision support.

Micro Main Corporation

http://www.micromain.com/

Micro Main Corporation is a leader in delivering comprehensive, OPEN SOURCE Computerized Maintenance Management Systems.

OmniLink Universal Hi-Tech Development

http://www.uhd.com/

The OmniLink product suite consists of specialized applications that are fully integrated to form OmniLink's complete infrastructure management environment.

PSDI

http://www.psdi.com/

PSDI develops markets and supports B2B e-Commerce, and business asset maintenance.  Recently teamed up with MRO.com for integrated e-procurement offerings

Vision Facilities Management Ltd.

http://www.visionfm.com/

CAFM system for managing building designs, space, assets, leases, work orders, telecommunications and special projects graphically.

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How CAFM applications are used

How CAFM is Used in FM

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Evolution of Facilities Management Technology Systems

The concept of Intelligent Buildings and Building Management Systems have roots in 1970-s industrial sector where the controls systems were used for production automatization processes and optimization of plant performances. Then in 1980-s, the technology and systems were developed, modularized and adapted to the residential buildings and commercial facilities sectors.

Integrated single function/dedicated systems (1980–85);
Integrated multifunction systems (1985–90);
Building level integrated systems (1990–95);
Computer integrated building (1995–2002);
Enterprise network integrated systems (2002–cont.).

At the stage of integrated single function/dedicated systems (1980–85), all the BA subsystems (including security control; access control; heating, ventilation and air- conditioning [HVAC] control; lighting control; lift control; other electrical systems; fire automation; etc.) and CA subsystems (including electronic data processing [EDP]) and data communication, telefax and text communication, voice communication, TV and image communication, etc. were integrated at the level of a single or individual function subsystem. Integration and communication between the automation systems of different subsystems was impossible.

At the stage of integrated multifunction systems (1985–90), security and access control were integrated. The automation systems of building plants or services systems were integrated. There were unified networks for text and data communication, voice communication and image communication respectively. At this stage, the integration of systems with the same nature or similar functions was achieved.

At the stage of building level integrated systems (1990–95), both BA and communication systems were integrated at building level as building automation system (BAS) and integrated communication system (ICS). At this stage, a BA system could be accessed remotely via telephone network using a modem, while the cellular phone for voice and data communication was introduced to the market.

At and after the stage of computer integrated building (1995–2002), convergence networks became available and were used in practice progressively, thanks to the popular use of Internet protocol (IP) network technologies and increased network capacity. At this stage, the integration was at the building level. Remote monitoring and control could be achieved via the Internet.

At the stage of enterprise network integrated system (2002–present), the intelligent systems can be integrated and managed at enterprise level or city level.
Intelligent building systems are no more enclosed within buildings; they are merged with IB systems in other buildings as well as other information systems via the global Internet infrastructure. Integration and management at this level become possible due to the applications of advanced IT technologies such as Web Services, XML, remote portfolio management and helpdesk management, among others. In terms of communication, image communication via cellular phone has been brought into practical use.
 

References:Z. J. Bochynski COMPUTERIZED FACILITIES MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS, Lambert AP  ISBN # 978-3-8383-2341-1 (updated in 2012)

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