The story goes that Walt Disney, to better understand amusement park-goer’s littering habits, opted not to rely on statistical data, but first hand observation instead. He concluded that on average, a person would go 30-steps before discarding their garbage—regardless of the presence of a trash can. Today, if you head to a Disney theme park, you’ll find a garbage can at every turn. (What you won’t find though is gum or shelled peanuts for sale.) While as individuals, we can consciously work to dispose of our garbage in the proper receptacles, places like Disneyland in California hire a a small custodial army of approximately 600 to clean as much of the 3.7 million square feet of the park spread across 80 -90 acres of land at night. This staff is integral in ensuring that the Disneyland isn’t just the most magical place on Earth, but one of the cleanest. It’s no easy task, as 23 million people visited the park last year alone.
Creating your best facility management budget requires two things; loads of solid data and an intuitive space management software. When coupled with other helpful components and features, you've got yourself an unstoppable force.
Here's how to get the budget you need before the budget cycle comes back swingin'.
Don't you just love being able to utilize technology to help you keep organized, instead of relying on post-its, spreadsheets and journals full of scribbles? I mean, with all of those assets under your roof, hand written notes will only get you so far. With asset management software you can replace the paper, look back on an asset's history and keep everything in one organized location.
Not all facility maintenance software solutions are created equally. Some solutions were designed to be the biggest and baddest goal trackers and stat collectors any facility has ever seen. Others were made just as a simple work order tool to keep everything in line.
No matter which solution you choose, make sure it has these 15 necessary capabilities to make your job much easier. Otherwise, you might find yourself shopping around for another system while your current one stagnates and never finishes being implemented.
The art of facility management encompasses many aspects—from how to calculate square feet (including usable), mapping assets, preventive maintenance, energy efficiency, and collecting building data. The latter, is important to ensure the optimization of the former.
Accurate building data collection can help maintain the overall health and life cycle of buildings (and their assets), teach us how to calculate square footage, work order management, diagnosing trends, consolidating information, and ensuring cost-effectiveness.