2017 Speaker Series

The Total Facilities 2017 Speaker Series, hosted in the Seminar Theatre sponsored by Logical Building Automation, featured ten lively panel debates offering bold perspectives and engaging discussions on FM and workplace strategies to drive business performance.

Please note the program below is for the March 2017 event.

Seminar Theatre - Wednesday 29 March
10:30 - 11:30 Transitioning BIM from design into management

Building Information Modelling (BIM) has become an established tool for the design and construction of major projects, but how many of these projects capitalise on the benefits of BIM by migrating the BIM technology into a tool for the on-going facility management?

When set up and used properly, BIM provides the benefits of accurate ‘as built’ drawings and O & M information that can significantly contribute to efficient management of the facility during its operational phase. This session will consider the barriers and enablers to extending BIM into the post construction phase of the building’s life cycle and discuss whether this is a realistic possibility.

  • Frank Italia

  • Ashak Nathwani

  • Martin Leitch

  • Jerome Johnson

11:45 - 12:30 KEYNOTE: Real-time monitoring of IEQ performance in buildings

To date the sustainable commercial building sector in Australia has focused primarily on energy, with other dimensions of building sustainability such as Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) being less well developed. But widespread concerns about occupant productivity is shifting the spotlight onto building IEQ performance.Our new approach to IEQ measurement centres on small, low-cost, desk-based monitors (SAMBA) with sensors for thermal comfort (air and radiant temperatures, air speed and humidity), acoustics (SPL), lighting (lux) and air quality (CO2, CO, TVOC, Formaldehyde and PM10). Low unit costs make it feasible to place SAMBAs in each HVAC zone of complex commercial buildings. The network architecture is based on a self-forming mesh network that does not require access to the host organisation’s infrastructure. Measurements are relayed wirelessly through the cellular network to the IEQ Laboratory’s server every 5 minutes. Various compliance with IEQ standards is calculated in real-time before being presented to an online IEQ dashboard to which the building operator has access.

  • Professor Richard de Dear

12:45 - 2:00 Meeting the demands of the evolving workplace

Australia has experienced a significant amount of interest recently in Activity Based Working (ABW) with some major institutions and organisations adopting its principles and creating ABW workplaces. This break from the traditional approach to providing workspaces means that business can accommodate more workers than in traditional workspace solutions.

This session will explore the current trend with regard to:
– Whether its adoption is continuing to increase
– The key business drivers influencing its adoption
– The key design drivers influencing its adoption

Managing this type of workspace brings challenges for the facilities manager with regard to tracking space use, occupancy and assets. The session will examine these and other challenges and ways in which they can be resolved, with particular regard to technological applications. Finally the panel will consider what the next stage of workplace evolution will possibly look like.

  • Graham Lauren

  • Natalie Slessor

  • Paul Edwards

  • James Armstrong

  • Nathan Sri

  • Tim Spies

2:15 - 3:15 The challenges of introducing ‘smart’ into buildings

Ubiquitous sensors and monitoring via the internet-of-things has seen smart buildings emerge with multifunctional building systems integrated, interrogated and linked to business systems. Big data diagnostics enables the analysis of building efficiency and occupier comfort, such as space utilisation, indoor air quality, daylight measurement, acoustic levels and water consumption. The performance of the building can, in theory, be altered to meet occupiers’ requirements and enhance business productivity.

This session will consider the challenges of implementing smart building approaches – particularly in the ageing built environment, including:
– Keeping up-to-date with emerging technologies and planning appropriately
– Working with the right balance of data – not too much nor too little
– Merging legacy building systems with new facilities installations

Preparing the financial business case for the move to a smart building approach, including retrofits, building management systems upgrades and installation of sensors, is complex, particularly where the future value proposition is based on enhanced reliability, improved working environments and the appropriate use of maintenance expenditure.

  • Rodney Timm

  • Roy Arindam

  • Jon Clarke

  • Sam Khalef

  • Preeti Bajaj

3:30 - 4:30 Why security and risk compliance cannot be ignored

Organisations are becoming exposed to ever increasing threats from many different physical and virtual directions. These same organisations have significant responsibilities to minimise the associated risks, with regard to their employees, their shareholders and to the authorities.

This session will discuss current levels of compliance and whether these go far enough to protect these various stakeholders, how organisations should be managing their compliance requirements and the impact of continuing to operate non-compliant activities.
As well as these management related issues, the session will also explore current developments in physical security technologies and how these are likely to protect against potential terrorist activity.

  • Richard Ham

  • John Gellel

  • Paul McCarthy

  • Travis Chehab

  • Kevin Burman

Seminar Theatre - Thursday 30 March
10:30 - 11:30 The growing awareness of wellbeing in the workplace

We spend 90% of our time indoors and most of this time is spent at work. As such, there is a growing requirement for our industry to address health and wellbeing in commercial buildings and tenancies.

This session will consider some key questions, including:
– What are the current and growing trends?
– What will our buildings and tenancies look like in the future?
– What is the impact of commuting on the health and wellbeing of workers
– What level of responsibilities do organisations have for workers operating out of the ‘third place’

Current industry initiatives aimed at improving worker health and well-being will be discussed, with a specific focus on how these can be more introduced and integrated at strategic and operational levels in a broader range of organisations.

  • Madeleine Swain

  • Kirsty Angerer

  • Eminè Mehmet

  • Rebecca Pelling

  • Mark McKenna

11:45 - 12:45 Is coworking a generational fad or a sustainable workplace solution?

Based on a brief consideration of the current status of coworking as a working environment for organisations of all sizes, this session will explore the possible future direction of coworking by addressing a number of key questions:

– What are the differences between serviced offices and coworking facilities?
– Coworking facilities are being used by more and more large organisations – does this not undermine the basic coworking concept of independent knowledge workers sharing and collaborating workspaces?
– Is coworking simply a generational phenomenon or is it set to endure across all future generations?
– How much impact will coworking have on decentralising commercial activity away from CBDs?

  • Graham Constable

  • Julian Waters-Lynch

  • Agustin Chevez

  • Libby Sander

  • Peter Black

1:00 - 2:00 Do energy efficiency and sustainability still matter?

Against the background of ever increasing standards in energy efficiency and sustainability, this session will consider how much further the built environment commercial sector needs to go in reducing its environmental impact.
The two primary areas of energy efficiency and sustainability will be discussed with regard to the following questions:
– How much more energy efficient do buildings need to become and is there a point where the cost of energy efficiency outweighs the benefits?
– With an increase in the use of renewable energy, does the energy efficiency of a building really matter?
– What is the cost of disruptive local power generation and storage technologies to the national economy and is this likely to slow down their introduction?
– How much more scope is there for product suppliers to take full life cycle responsibility for their products and equipment?
– What current initiatives are likely to have the greatest impact on the future sustainability of buildings?

  • Ashak Nathwani

  • Kate Harris

  • Tony Arnel

  • Carlos Flores

2:15 - 3:15 The new rules of FM employment and Future FM’s

Anyone working in or looking to enter into the facilities management industry is facing a changing set of rules of engagement. With direct entry into permanent long-term employment becoming a thing of the past, this session will explore whether this benefits the employee, the employer or both and what it takes to secure a suitable job these days.

The current trend of temporary contracts leading to longer-term contracts and potentially permanent employment provides the employer with a relatively risk free method of securing the most appropriate resources. However this may also suit the employee/contactor as it gives them an opportunity to really find a good fit with an employer.

The instances of medium sized organisations without HR resources is on the increase, so this session will also examine what impact this has on recruitment, who is responsible for this important process and what impact it has the quality of HR management generally?

  • Michelle Dunner

  • Adam Brown

  • Justin Thomas

  • Brent Boyd

3:30 - 4:30 Innovation in FM service delivery

Product suppliers and service providers continually strive to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their goods and services for the benefit of facilities managers and the organisations they represent.

This session is aimed at giving facilities managers an insight into a range of innovations that are round the corner and currently being developed for the longer term. It will also take a look at those that are perhaps a bit more aspirational. In discussing these innovations, the panel members will highlight the challenges and opportunities for both the supply and demand sides and focus on how their benefits can be achieved to mutual advantage.

With the knowledge and understanding of future innovations facilities managers can better plan and budget for service delivery and implement any change processes that might be necessary to capitalise on what the supply side has to offer.

  • Martin Leitch

  • Kevin Vellnagel

  • Mark Waite-Pullan

  • Damien White

  • James Henry

  • Craig Dowell