43% of businesses had temporarily closed, and nearly all of these closures were due to COVID-19 worldwide. In recent months, many companies have asked workers to work wherever possible from their homes. Now that companies resume operations and staff return to their premises, facility management departments are responsible for addressing protection at work. In order to maintain the operations working in a safer way, key issues that facility managers have to deal with properly are linked to the suggested interaction models, partnership with suitable vendors, and standard going procedures on pandemic response.
Shift to digital
As companies plan to reopen their workplaces, workers are prepared to set their thresholds and strategies to welcome employees, clients and guests home. People’s expectations are rising rapidly and focusing more on health and wellness at the workplace, as well as the amenities and facilities offered by firms. By using the new technology, FM companies must collaborate with customers to enhance their work environment and pursue programs in the field of health and wellness.
In order to sustain the working climate, the Covid-19 pandemic obligated businesses to reestablish continuing soft facilities. Automating FM business processes are increasingly required, ranging from move-ins to maintenance and services demands to energy storage and the personalization of workplaces. Managers of facilities should use data to make smart decisions, to prepare capital and to improve their working experiences.
BIM Model – New solution for new normal
In this recession, lack of revenue is a true problem to companies; bringing people back together when it’s all over will be easier said than done. To return to a new normal — while also allowing teams to work efficiently — means understanding your facilities and spaces, and the capabilities of the technology available.
Using Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology could allow facility management work to be continued from off-site. This process was originally developed as a tool to assist architects and engineers in creating 3D models for more efficient planning and design of facilities. It promised to be useful far into the operation of a facility, offering benefits beyond construction and design. In the last five years, the BIM model began to be used in a facility management role, and it worked effectively. Now, when combined with other technologies. This model provides a new way to work, considering the new reality.
There are several ways to use digital twins as we gradually start to reemerge from our home isolations. When workers come to work, office space is expected to see a huge change. Understanding how to reconfigure a workplace to manage any employee’s room necessary to preserve the relational distance can be achieved by virtually shifting and rearranging rooms utilizing a digital twin. The fast adjustment of spaces to satisfy shifting demands is essential if business risk is to be minimized.
In a hospital or facility that might potentially serve as a hospital, reconfiguring flows of people and spaces to allow for COVID-19 testing before entry or separation of non-COVID-19 patients can be accomplished inside the digital twin. Additionally, a facility’s characteristics can be linked to key elements that enable operators to monitor job assignments and check that assets operate under criteria to develop the computerized maintenance management system.
Enhancing Supplier Engagement
The strategic advantage of engaging with a facilities management company comes into effect after 4 to 7 years. The main goal is to achieve long-term cost saving and improved service efficiency. Companies can work with vendors who can enter into long-term commitments to improve the prospects of synergy. The outsourcing of resources and the enhancement of participation in providers that provide service through a self-service model. This model further lowers costs since providers will sell facilities at less prices than third-party suppliers.