“People are the driving force of our community”
ARCHIBUS CEO Wise Cho opened the ARCHIBUS Nexus Conference Keynote Sessions with a call to action. He appealed to all of our Ecosystem to move from operations to strategy by affecting their capital asset base. Our buildings, campuses, and cities tie up immense resources. By impacting on those resources we can make life better for people who live and work in our built environment. Our Ecosystem can be the agent of change in this. As Wise Cho says “People are the driving force of our community”.
Intelligent and Smart Cities, and Campus Innovation
The first morning of the Nexus conference really built on this theme throughout the keynote presentations. Our typical view of our buildings is one of the assets that sit in isolation. Aggregating data into campuses and even cities and using new technologies can really produce that impact that we are seeking. Kristin Kurland, Teaching Professor at Carnegie Mellon University came next. She outlined the Smart City initiatives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the USA. Engaging people and businesses through smart technology have transformed the city. This includes anything from smart design to machine learning, to a variety of sensor-based networks. Reduction in environmental impacts increases the happiness, welfare, and productivity of people in the city. This is in addition to the macro issues of energy use, and water and utility provision.
The impact will be worldwide if the success of these initiatives can be scaled nationally or internationally. Our Eco-system can really contribute to this if we start small and build from the ground up. The actions of every one of us as individuals, contribute to a greater result – connecting the dots!
Some of the challenges seen in Pittsburgh are truly global. But the concepts can be applied within a business. Kai Wei, General Manager of China World Property and Hotel Management outlined how his business is taking advantage of new technologies and the Internet of Things with ARCHIBUS as the integration platform.
Their policy is people first – but combining the consumer, the business, and the properties. They must take care of the operational side whilst enhance customer satisfaction. At the same time, they need to deal with the environmental and economic challenges. Integrating everything in one platform is a key aspect of this idea.
ARCHIBUS is a fundamental part of the technology strategy and this will grow as software and hardware develop as turnkey or packed solutions in the future.
Capital Strategy Is Key
Murray Hunt from the Calgary Board of Education outlined the planning and construction priorities of schools within the city. Phenomenal population growth puts pressure of the capital strategy. Maintaining the community focus through student interaction with their buildings and facilities is a challenge. At the same time, the big picture priorities such as the green agenda have to be in mind. Accommodation planning needs to be delivered in a city-wide context, and with asset management planning in play. Of course, there are not infinite resources available to meet these challenges.
Multiple entities working together; both private and governmental. ARCHIBUS acts as a fundamental tool to track capital projects, Building Information Models and act as an integration point with the finance and human resources tools. Murray described this integrated data intelligence as a “single source of truth”. ARCHIBUS Capital Project Management tracks all financial and risk elements; made available to the whole organisation through ARCHIBUS Web Central.
As is typical in our Eco-system, this is about people and not just the technology. Board’s core values are the focus of all of the activity – students come first and it is about outcomes for them!
Our next Nexus blog post will focus on the presentations and cases presented in Nexus by our EMEA community representatives. Watch this space!