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authors Oswald, Daniel and Pittioni, Gernot
year 1999
title AVOCAAD Exercises Facility Management Training on the web A Facility Management Survey Relevance for the Architects Business
source AVOCAAD Second International Conference [AVOCAAD Conference Proceedings / ISBN 90-76101-02-07] Brussels (Belgium) 8-10 April 1999, pp. 81-87
summary Facilities Management (FM) can't be seen as a subject with a specific area of knowledge with exactly defined borders relative to other subjects. Analysing the economic aspects of FM leads to the realisation that building management is experiencing a process of increasing specialisation and professionalism. It is possible to define FM from a variety of different points of origin. One possible approach views FM as an integral solution for the administration of buildings, their commercial activities, and technical maintenance from an economic perspective, during the whole life of a building. FM covers all strategies in order to efficiently provide, adequately operate and adapt buildings, their contents and systems to changing organisational demands. The current practice of limited analysis of specific administrative aspects, e.g. maintenance, is replaced by consideration of all factors that affect costs. Since all costs can be directly traced to space, the perfect procedure requires that FM is practised during the *hole living-cycle, starting with the definition of the program of construction until the day of conversion or demolition. Through successful FM, the real estate can contribute decisively to the improvement of productivity and the quality of life.
series AVOCAAD
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