Category : Smart Occupancy

Realcomm 2015 Kicks off today in San Antonio, TX!

Realcomm Pre-Conference was excellent yesterday evening as we jumped right into a Smart Buildings Bootcamp and cyber security discussion. Today the official conference kicks off and we look forward to seeing you as we participate in this year’s two day event. Here is a preview of what’s in store:

Also, come and join us as The Building People CEO, Lawrence Melton will be hosting a session later this afternoon titled “Shifting from Reactive to PROACTIVE OPERATIONS – A Paradigm for FM,” details below:

Track: SMART BUILDING STRATEGY
Session Name: Shifting from Reactive to PROACTIVE OPERATIONS – A Paradigm for FM
Type: Panel
Location: MARRIOTT RIVERCENTER Salon L
Date: 6/9/2015
Time: 4:15PM

Description: For anyone in the facilities management (FM) industry, it easy to remember that not too long ago, engineers with radios and clipboards were about the only option available. Fast-forward to today and we have machines talking to machines, fault detection diagnostics reaching into every wall, ceiling, closet and basement, and resulting analytics predicting the future and more. The end result of all this technology and automation is a radical shift from reactive to proactive operations. No longer do we wait for the call and respond, but today’s facilities team utilize sophisticated systems, know when the problems occur ahead of time and can prioritize the response accordingly. For anyone involved in FM, this session is a must-attend to get an update and see what lies ahead for facilities.

Questions:
What does it mean to shift from reactive to proactive operations?
Do most traditional facility managers or engineers understand the potential that automation can deliver on proactive operations and do they have the skills to implement the technology?
Where does an organization start to transform itself from reactive to proactive operations?
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Shifting from Reactive to PROACTIVE OPERATIONS – A Paradigm Shift for FM

Realcomm Austin, TX is just around the corner and we are extremely excited to continue our participation in this innovative conference on smart buildings and facilities management technologies that are changing the industry. We will be hosting a session with a fantastic panel of experts that you should not miss. We look forward to seeing you there, session details below:

Track: SMART BUILDING STRATEGY
Session Name: Shifting from Reactive to PROACTIVE OPERATIONS – A Paradigm for FM
Type: Panel
Location: MARRIOTT RIVERCENTER Salon L
Date: 6/9/2015
Time: 4:15PM

Description: For anyone in the facilities management (FM) industry, it easy to remember that not too long ago, engineers with radios and clipboards were about the only option available. Fast-forward to today and we have machines talking to machines, fault detection diagnostics reaching into every wall, ceiling, closet and basement, and resulting analytics predicting the future and more. The end result of all this technology and automation is a radical shift from reactive to proactive operations. No longer do we wait for the call and respond, but today’s facilities team utilize sophisticated systems, know when the problems occur ahead of time and can prioritize the response accordingly. For anyone involved in FM, this session is a must-attend to get an update and see what lies ahead for facilities.

Questions:
What does it mean to shift from reactive to proactive operations?
Do most traditional facility managers or engineers understand the potential that automation can deliver on proactive operations and do they have the skills to implement the technology?
Where does an organization start to transform itself from reactive to proactive operations?
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Hope to see you at NFMT High Performance Green Buildings tomorrow!

We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow at NFMT High Performance Green Buildings in Fort Worth.  Be sure to come see us Wednesday June 2nd, at 2:45pm as we present how smart buildings cut labor costs. For those of you departing for Fort Worth today here is a little intro video from NFMT to get you ready for your arrival.

Come join us for Realcomm 2015: The Intersection of Technology, Innovation, and Real Estate Operations

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Come join The Building People June 9th-10th in San Antonio, TX for Realcomm 2015: The Intersection of Technology, Innovation, and Real Estate Operations:

The future or what we hear people describe as the future is really here. Real time information management, next generation property management concepts, prescriptive analytics, integrated CRMs, automated leasing, advanced mobile platforms, outsourced e-mail (and accounting, property and HR) electronic payments, totally smart buildings, connected meters, zero energy projects, nextgen office space, new retailing concepts, integrated digital signage, immersion walls, Uber for leased space, drones to inspect roofs, robots to measure space, 3D printing for spare parts and much much more. These are no longer just ideas…they are real…they are now! Read more and register here…

Here is an interview with The Building People CEO Lawrence Melton from Realcomm 2013 as he discusses the exciting issues  being covered at these annual events:

We can’t wait to see you there!

Today: RICS Government Asset Management Leaders’ Roundtable (April 13th)

The Building People is proud to participate in this afternoon’s RICS Government Asset Management Leaders’ Roundtable where leaders in asset management from over a dozen federal agencies will discuss their strategies and challenges around portfolio management, technology, data, high performance buildings, and outsourcing. We are extremely excited to engage in this conversation and look forward to meeting all the participants. For those participating, the event will be held at BOMA International, 1101 15th Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005.

Special thanks to RICS and BOMA for organizing this exciting event. Please check their sites below where you will find excellent future industry events:

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Come Join The Building People at the 2015 RICS Summit of the Americas

Come join The Building People in Los Angeles, April 22-24th for the third annual RICS Summit of the Americas.  The Building People will be joined by dozens of industry experts from around the world as they educate audiences on best practices and how to prepare today for the future of real estate management and construction. For a sneak peak at some of the topics that will be discussed see this recent interview with Neil Shah, Managing Director of the Americas at RICS as he discusses A View of 2030: RICS Futures Report.  You can register now for the 2015 RICS Summit of the Americas here.

 

Reminder to Register for IBCon 2015: Real Change Right Now

Just a reminder to register for IBCon 2015 in San Antonio, TX June 9-10th.

ibconbannerIBcon has grown to become the world’s most comprehensive and leading edge discussion on the next generation of smart, connected, high-performance, green, sustainable, intelligent buildings. This event is not about the traditional one building, one system, one vendor smart building of yesterday, but rather the open architected, interoperable, integrated, IP, IT centric smart buildings of tomorrow.

RICS Summit of the America’s 2015: Los Angeles, CA (April 22nd-24th)

RICS will be hosting their 2015 Summit of the America’s event at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles this year. As one of the most recognized organizations in property and construction, this is a must attend event for facilities professionals. TBP will be attending and participating in sessions throughout the week. You can find the list of speakers for the event here to include our own Lawrence Melton, CEO here at The Building People. More details to come soon. We hope to see you there!

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TAP INTO A GLOBAL NETWORK OF PROFESSIONALS

RICS Summit of the Americas is the ultimate ‘must-attend’ event for professionals involved in property and construction. This important industry event will be held April 22 to 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, home of Hollywood, one of the largest global ports and distribution centers, and an international business hub, facing the key Asia Pacific markets.RICS Summit of the Americas offers the premier opportunity for professionals to connect with a significant network of industry leaders. This year the Summit will be more international, with more industry leaders and more social and networking time.

People Make Smart Buildings, Not Just the High-Tech Hype

Smart buildings have been and are continuing to catch the eye of many building owners, operators and investors. They’re waking-up to the reality that this is the way of the future and will ultimately reduce costs and improve efficiencies. For some, it’s a significant learning curve, and for others, it’s something they’ve been keeping an eye on for some time.

However, in conversations, presentations and meetings we’ve had with owners, operators, solution providers, and the best of the best integrators who are looking to enter this space and embark on the creation of a smart building or retrofitting a building, we all agree that there is one inherent investment and strategic planning component that seems to be missing.

While we can design and build smart buildings all day long and install the most sophisticated technology, the building will only be as smart as the operator running it. Let me reiterate this point: your building is only as smart as the person running it.

We cannot overlook the fact that enhancing the skill levels of the “people” designing, building, and operating your next smart building is a critical factor in reaping the benefits of the smart building. It’s imperative that companies and organizations not miss this and take the time to invest in the human capital side of the house. We can’t expect someone who’s been working from a pen and clipboard for years to immediately “jump” to get behind this new technology or feel comfortable with it, for that matter.

Over the last five years, we’ve witnessed significant challenges in the marketplace that impact a connected real estate solution and smart building investment plan. We’ve been working to tackle this issue and build relationships to break down the barriers surrounding the misunderstandings of new technology, while presenting the opportunities for those operating the buildings.

We’ve identified some specific in-roads with each of the critical stakeholders, not just the program offices (Facilities Managers, Real Estate Executives, Energy Managers) and the Chief Information Officers, or the Chief Financial Officers. We’ve seen a critical need to drive a collaborative long-range model with the unions and other organizations and are working to educate and train the individuals who will be accountable and using these new technologies.

While a smart building is sexy and will deliver on its promises, don’t be naïve to the commitment and investment it will take to ensure your people are well equipped to run your building…. after all, it’s going to be around for a while.

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