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Fachverlag für Wirtschaft und Technik

Facility Management

Conservation / maintenance of value of investment goods, buildings, transport and industrial facilities

Emil Koch

125 pp., 24.80

Preface:
If there is one thing that building owners, managers and specialists will agree on, it is that the cost of facility maintenance and upkeep of buildings, building infrastructure, transportation infrastructure and equipment and industrial facilities is not only high but often too high.
The purpose of this book is to present various approaches and ideas that managers and skilled workers can implement simply and directly, guaranteeing them better results in a short time.
The obvious necessity to make improvements in this sector implies taking the appropriate measures. We must always aim for intensification, which also enhances our areas of responsibility. The economy of every country in the world needs increased profitability, and that not only goes for cost reductions in the short term but in the long term as well! It is not only desirable but our duty to extract more value from our great number of physical assets, real estate, production plants, etc. The preservation of our own assets is probably our main goal. However, the conservation of our limited natural resources is also at stake. It is not only a question of economics. By taking good care of our assets we are also helping to shape the future. Any improvement we make in this respect is a significant one.
We need to be prudent and careful in the utilization and maintenance of these assets. This notion is so widespread that is seems to be superfluous to have to speak of the necessity of more efficiency in this sector, however, experience teaches us differently. Most tend to proceed in a situational, case-related, let us say conventional manner. Many are aware of the considerable potential for improvement in dealing with these assets, but it does not seem as if much headway is being made in the further development of these mainly technical practices.
There is still much room for manoeuvre in connection with the operative processes. The new approach aims at integrating several tasks into one assignment, which would allow us to meet various needs and requests in one operation. In one single step you would obtain more information on the work performed, the condition of the object in question and the success of the job in short, more profit from one single operation. This method allows for better quality management, less expense and work in connection with inspections and a clearer picture of the appropriate utilization of the facilities. A management style based on dialogue would evolve, making the work process more transparent and more significant for all parties concerned. This in turn would lead to an increase in motivation and thus to better quality.

This book offers many approaches and tips to facilitate the daily work of craftsmen. It also describes a number of measures for improvements and changes in various sectors of the work environment, which permit the individual work assignments to be carried out more smoothly and quickly. Each of the suggested improvements to particular details is in itself a contribution to cost reduction. They can be implemented by either the management or by the workers performing the job themselves.
The legal aspects pertaining to this business sector have been covered in extracts. This section is a useful tool for the reader as well as for the instruction of employees.
An examination of the entire scope of business segments included in facility maintenance gives us a better overall picture and thereby leads to more coordinated action in any situation. The purpose of this book is to convey to readers of all different levels an idea of the usages, facts and best practices by taking a look at the general influences and areas of activity in this sector. A prerequisite for successfully dealing with the various players is to be familiar with the complex manoeuvres involved, which requires the ability to see behind certain facts and circumstances that may seem trivial.

Thanks to the new style of management you will be provided with a base of information that will give all levels of management concerned a better overall view. As a result all parties will have a clear picture as to what is going on and where. Step by step a basis for better communication will be built between the management and the craftsmen carrying out the work. This will result in a good foundation for more cooperation between the parties involved, which in turn will have a positive effect on the entire business sector.
Last but not least, the approaches dealt with in this book will help to improve communication between building owners, facility managers and other clients, service providers and craftsmen.

Contents:
The Facility Maintenance Market Computer-based Data and Structures Intensification Job Management Inspection and Maintenance History Implementation and Practice Legal Aspects and Regulations Training, Experience and Know-how Concluding Observations

A specimen chapter in English is available at request.
A qualified translator is available.

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