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Read in-depth facilties management features, interviews with leading figures, round table reports and building case studies.

 

  • BIM's third ageNow just months away from being mandated on all central government projects, building information modelling (BIM) has moved up to Level 3. What is Level 3, and what does it mean for FM? Geoff Prudence explains. 22 April 2015
  • A passion for educationMartin Read interviews Linda Hausmanis, the newly appointed director of education at BIFM and the woman behind the institute's educational programme. 22 April 2015
  • Central intelligenceData centre construction projects are imperfect, with a traditional project team structure limiting transfer of essential knowledge to operations team that's the view of David Cameron (no relation) of risk management consultancy Operational Intelligence. Here he puts the case for those operating the centres to have more input. 09 April 2015
  • Nano stateMoisture-resistant cardboard is just the latest, perhaps unlikeliest form of nanomaterial to influence the building products market. Elisabeth Jeffries looks at the pros and cons of specifying products with a nanotech component. 09 April 2015
  • A higher planeAirbus UK's project to re-shape its 118-acre aerospace engineering site and transform the working lives of the more than 4,000 people working there had the FM team at its heart, reports Martin Read. 09 April 2015
  • The City, slickerAgile working, changing demographics, corporate flexibility and the quality of public realm are all factors at play in an evolving City of London, as a new report reveals. Martin Read picks out some key findings. 26 March 2015
  • Tri it and see?In October 2010, Westminster City Council, Hammersmith & Fulham London Borough Council, and Kensington & Chelsea London Borough Council combined specific areas of service delivery as a response to financial pressures facing local government. It was a gutsy answer to challenging times but should this model be adopted more widely? Nick Martindale investigates. 26 March 2015
  • Share in the communityAt West Berkshire Community Hospital, the sharing of day-to-day and project information between the facilities team and its Trust clients is critical, as Martin Read reports 26 March 2015
  • Cultural exchangeWhen office 'tribes' go to war over 'ways we do things around here', facilities management can often be caught in the crossfire. FMs would be well advised to train in dealing with such disparate group dynamics, says Joe Whelehan 12 March 2015
  • In the frameHow can we ensure that innovation implementing new and useful ideas that provide value to the organisation or end user is part of the day job for those working in FM? Dr Anna Walker offers a guide to developing your innovation management framework 12 March 2015
  • Mastering apprenticeshipsNow firmly established as an annual event, National Apprenticeship Week is running from 9th to 13th March. Increasingly, the FM sector's apprenticeship structure is proving attractive and those who take them are full of praise. 26 February 2015
  • Natural selectionWhen the office environment fails to offer sufficient natural light, or indeed any views of the outside world, what can be done? Paul Reynolds of CCD Design reports 26 February 2015
  • See the lightThe stipulations of the Energy Act 2011 will come into effect in 2018, but it's important that the implications for FMs and commercial property landlords are understood now. Here, Alan D White of Property Solutions outlines a plan of action. 25 February 2015
  • A city of ruinThis month four years ago, New Zealand's third-largest city, Christchurch, suffered an earthquake that claimed the lives of 185 people from 17 different countries and forced the mammoth rebuilding of a broken city. Herpreet Kaur Grewal visited to see the results and find out how the city's FMs coped. 20 February 2015
  • A weighty threatA recent landmark decision by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg could have consequences for employment rights in the UK. 16 February 2015
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