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FM industry told to 'wise up' at landmark seminar series held at Sheffield Hallam University

FM Guru Bernard Williams threw down the gauntlet to the FM community at a recent industry conference: benchmark and prove efficiencies or lose a contract!

The stark warning was made at the second Tune in to FM seminar, developed by leading CAFM provider FSI (FM Solutions) Limited, held at Sheffield Hallam University. The prestigious line-up of specialists included Williams, well-known for his forthright views on where the industry needs to make improvements; Steve Jolley, Operational Group Director of Carillion’s multidisciplinary practice TPS Consult, and Rachel Macdonald, Director of FM for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Sheffield programme followed close on the heels of the inaugural seminar at the London Stock Exchange, and explored the science and processes that make Facilities Management increasingly a bottom line benefit to end users.

According to FSI’s managing director Jim Mitchell: “The purpose of the Forum Series, supported by FSI, is to bring to centre stage a number of industry keynote speakers, to discuss the latest developments within the industry with delegates from a range of user sectors, encouraging dialogue and best practice.” The flagship conference and networking event was chaired by Compton Darlington, FSI’s Operations Director. Presentations covered Knowledge Management, 3-D Modelling and Reporting.

Rachel MacDonald, winner of the FSI Concept Scholarship for a DBA (Facilities Management) at Sheffield Hallam University, explained how her studies were progressing and their relevance to her role as Director of FM at a key NHS Trust. Steve Jolley of TPS Consult explored his role within Carillion plc for the development of design and construction technologies. He argued that object orientated design will change the way the construction industry works in the future, throughout the lifecycle of a facility.

“The challenge for developers, owners, occupiers and funders is to optimise the value of their investment in property schemes, whilst embracing the environmental, economic and social impact of their operations,” he said. Williams warned that the industry should embrace ITC: “It can now be used to facilitate and greatly improve the whole process of facilities value management.”

About Tune into FM Forum Series
A series of six seminars to be hosted at venues through out the UK, the TUNE IN TO FM Forum Series brings together leading specialists in the CAFM arena to share best practises and expertise. The brainchild of FSI, the forum aims to provide a platform for development of integration of the fast-growing FM Industry and to encourage greater dialogue with users. Limited places are available for the Tune in to FM seminar series.

For information on forthcoming events please contact Sally Wotton on 01708 251900, e-mail tuneintofm@fsi.co.uk or register through http://www.fsi.co.uk/

The seminar series is supported by trade organisations including the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) and the Facilities Management Association (FMA).