In the higher education space, facilities managers face unique problems that are not faced by any other industry.
With a decline in funds for universities, TAFEs, and other private institutions as well as pressure to minimise tuition fees, getting higher education budgets approved is proving more difficult. Campus facilities are central to a quality educational experience, yet space is a growing expense. Building, operating, and maintaining facility space is a growing proportion of higher education institutions’ annual budgets. These costs have grown significantly over the past 10 years.
Furthermore, campus buildings are enduring assets that must be maintained and enhanced over time. Facilities-related data is also a vital part of effective grant management and chargebacks.
Facilities managers need to address these challenges head on. If a University can manage their space proactively as an institutional asset, the organisation can increase levels of student satisfaction, lower operating costs, and increase energy efficiency levels.
So, what can be done?
- Identify the gaps between institutional requirements and current facilities management systems and processes.
- Proactively collect data on your buildings and assets with field verification, point cloud collection and more.
- Transform your legacy CAD data into an information-rich model (BIM). This helps prepare your data for renovations and retrofits as well as getting valuable models back for facilities management use.
- Implement a new facilities management system, integrate it with operations and review all processes. When campus space and asset data reside in one place, facilities managers enjoy higher rates of indirect cost recovery, better information for strategic planning, increased chargebacks for grants and better insights into maintenance needs.
To find out more about managing assets and facilities at your institution, the Strategic Asset & Facilities Management conference will provide case studies from Universities leading the way. Book your place by June 10th to save $400.