Facilities & Asset Management Round Table Discussion

Adoption of BIM (hosted by buildingSMART Australia)

Sydney Chapter Chair Steve Doran and AM Council Director Toby Horstead recently participated in a round table discussion hosted by the Board of buildingSmart Australia that opened with ‘what the challenges are for the adoption of building information modelling (BIM) within their industry’.  Also contributing to the discussions were representatives from the Facilities Management Association of Australia (FMA), the Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association (TEFMA), the Department of Defence and MasterSpec NZ.

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AM Council engaging with the APCC

As an outcome of some positive interactions and conversations the AM Council recently had the opportunity to present our models, approach and offerings to the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council’s (APCC) lead special interest group – ‘Construction and Asset Management’.  The presentation delivered by John Hardwick with support from Toby Horstead was well received by the APCC group chaired by Joe Monforte from the Department of Treasury & Finance Victoria.

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Finding the Efficiency Frontier

0913 BLOG 1 imageWhen Metro Trains Melbourne implemented a new tool to improve the way they assessed their annual asset renewals program, the organisation achieved a 208% increase in value.

Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) operate and manage $30 billion of rail infrastructure and assets on behalf of Public Transport Victoria (PTV). But with no simple way to measure or compare projects that had very different strategic and financial significance, MTM struggled to compare trade-offs and define priorities. A new approach to portfolio optimisation turned things around.

 

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A Chapter Event Across the Sea

20170821 185458 SmallA special late afternoon, technical discussion for the AMCouncil New Zealand was held on Monday 21st August 2017 to an enthusiastic group in Auckland. The topic of discussion was financial models for long term asset management planning.

On our guest panel of presenters was Raymond Tan from Auckland City Council who spoke on developing financial models for long term asset management planning. Philip McFarlane from Opus spoke about a research project for the UC Quake Centre and development of a framework for renewals planning for wastewater networks. Lastly, AMCouncil’s own Peter Kohler presented on how to develop a ‘defensible’ maintenance budget.

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