How to take BMS the extra mile

Technology will be trending at Total Facilities 2017 when it returns to Sydney next March.

Excitingly, Australia’s largest and only dedicated FM exhibition will be one of the first trade shows to open its doors at the new International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour from 29-30 March. In addition to a new venue which offers a real-life case study of this state-of-the-art facility, Total Facilities will see  some new names join its extensive partner network with MYBOS, a vibrant building and facility management software company, coming on as Technology Partner and Logical Building Automation, an experienced building automation firm, as Seminar Theatre Partner.

As technology development and deployment including the emergence of intelligent technology is more instrumental than ever to the FM industry, Total Facilities talks to Jim Henry, Executive Chairman at Logical Building Automation, on how technology can drive FM performance.

Q: What’s trending in the FM technology space at the moment?

A: There are two trends occurring rapidly in the market. First is the true integration of intelligent systems in building, wherein the BMS, the security-access control, the lighting, the lifts, the air conditioning plant and other systems truly communicate to work together to increase performance of the building, convenience of the tenant, and decrease energy consumption. Second, the upcoming trend is in IoT (Internet of Things) wherein the BMS talks to IoT systems that will integrate the building operation with the tenant’s activities and business operations within the building.

Q: How can BMS contribute to cost efficiencies?

A: The current catch-phrase is Building Analytics. There are a lot of independent analytic systems being placed over BMSs to automate diagnostics to find problems with mechanical and other systems before they affect the buildings conditions. Most BMS systems are using more and more sophisticated analytics directly within their own system management software to do automated responses to problems before expensive breakdowns occur and before energy is wasted.

Q: Tell us more about your recent BMS project at Sydney’s One Farrer Place

A: Logical Building is pretty proud of the job we did at the massive One Farrer Place. We replaced the incumbent BMS from top to bottom in seven thousand zones of air conditioning in around eighteen months. The project comprised around forty thousand points and to complicate matters we simultaneously executed around forty tenant complete floor fitouts on the site.

Logical Building Automation will be joining over 150 leading FM brands and 2,000 FM and like-minded professionals at Total Facilities 2017 in Australia’s largest community of FM minds – featuring the latest thinking and innovation for enhancing our living-working environments and driving business performance.

Find out more at www.totalfacilities.com.au

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