The Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA), a non-profit association that supplies a dedicated platform for FM experts, bigger construction industry stakeholders and proprietor associations, emphasized once again the need for the local FM sector to embrace next-generation modern technologies to attain considerable cost savings on building operating costs as well as provide enriched experience to the a lot more tech-savvy generation of today.
The association made this declaration following its lately concluded discussion forum, the ‘Future Technology in the Facilities Management Industry,’ which was held lately at the Marina Hotel in Kuwait. The event was funded by MEFMA Members “The United Facilities Management" (UFM) company.
According to MEFMA's study, using advanced technologies leads to 20 to 25 per cent financial savings on structure operating costs as well as bring about 25 to 30 per cent reduction in energy cost. The organization kept in mind that computer-aided facility management (CAFM), developing monitoring systems, mobile options, sensing units, cloud computing, as well as remote-control systems, to name a few, offer the best possibility for development and also have the greatest influence on service delivery.
It further cited the advantages of some of the existing smart modern technologies in the market. If totally utilized, developing management systems, for instance, would make a large distinction in power preservation efforts, while CAFM with an audit component, along with handhelds, leads to lower job quantity and also greater professional and also helpdesk effectiveness. Remote monitoring causes financial savings as well since it provides time for normal evaluations, while mobile technologies, sensing units and also cloud computing - when combined with information evaluation - could better enhance potentials.
The recent Kuwait workshop led by MEFMA Certified Trainer, Facilities Manager, Oud Property, KSA, Tarik Aftat supplied both learning and also networking opportunities to all attendees. Bader Salmeen, Director of FM, UFM, a strategic corporate member of MEFMA, was a key presenter during the event. A panel discussion moderated by Salmeen also took place during the event, followed by an open room discussion. The panelists consisted of Eng. Ahmed Al-Eisa, Vice Chairman and CEO, Engineering Systems Group (ESG); Eng. Fnyees AlAjmi, Director of General Services, PAAET; Salah Mahdi Boftain, Facilities & Safety Manager, Alghanim Industries; and Traik Aftat. By organizing the gathering, the association was fulfilling its mandate of providing a platform where stakeholders can discuss relevant industry issues, exchange experiences, and seek effective FM solutions to pressing challenges.
Ahmad Al Kandari, Vice Chairman & Ceo, UFM, MEFMA board member, concluded: “Complex and intelligent structures require technology-driven, integrated FM services to ensure optimum use of facilities, smooth and efficient operations, and substantial savings at all levels. The future FM sector in the Middle East will be determined by its capability to adopt technologies and will be measured by the efficiency of its delivery of services. To remain highly competitive in the modern world, we should incorporate smart tools into traditional services to make them more efficient, achieve higher savings, properly maintain the facilities and expand margins for utility management companies and customers alike. The possibilities are endless, and the FM community should keep up with these dramatic changes brought on by ongoing technological innovations.”