FSI (FM Solutions) Limited held its 8th Tune in to FM seminar at the Bank of England and focused on Business Beneficial Integration Systems, FMJ reports

Client workshops at FSI (FM Solutions) have been a long tradition.  However, FSI discovered its location was a hindrance for many of its contacts, which was a disappointment.  Consequently, FSI took a different approach to communicating information, by launching in 2004 their own regionally held seminar series: Tune in to FM.

FSI, developers of the award-winning Concept™ range of Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM) solutions, are only too aware of the KPI's placed on organisations regarding facilities management measurement and reporting processes.  Therefore, the purpose of the free seminar series is to investigate the processes that make facilities management a benefit to end-users.  It is vital Facilities Managers keep abreast of the latest developments within the industry, and this is the driving force behind FSI's Tune in to FM seminar series.

February 2004 was the launch of the inaugural Tune in to FM seminar, which attracted an audience far bigger than FSI dared to hope for a new seminar available in the CAFM marketplace.  Successful seminars followed in 2005, and the 2006 seminar series was launched in February at FSI client the Bank of England, which also provided the official launch for the Concept™ User Group.

Tune in to FM at the Bank of England attracted clients and contacts from 45 organisations.  The focus was Business Beneficial Integration Systems, reflected by the impressive speaker line-up:

Chris Scriven, Managing Director at Efficiency Direct: Technical Integration within Facilities Management - an energy viewpoint.

Bernard Williams, Managing Director at Frisque Co, Ltd: Facilities Cost Monitor, an innovative and highly adaptable tool to assist in the value management process.

Anna King & Grant Gibson: Facilities Management and the media - what's happening now and what happens next.

Peter Higgs, Head of Property Services & Security at the Bank of England: Facilities Management at the Bank of England, and the use of Concept™ at site.

"The success of the Tune in to FM series has been phenomenal," explains Compton Darlington, FSI's Business Development Director.  "Obviously we were acutely aware of the need for a specific platform to be developed; one that would not only promote a better understanding of asset management and transparency of FM service across industry sectors, but also allow the exchange of ideas, experiences and even frustrations to ultimately enhance working environments.  But we have been truly surprised at the levels of interest from prospective attendees."

To ensure the seminars aren't a platform for Concept™, FSI have delivered well-rounded programmes, thus providing the overall picture of facilities management, and the integration tools available to make the job easier.  Previous speaker topics include:

• Facilities value management and benchmarking
• Knowledge management with the use of 3D object technology
• Real-time mobile data communication solutions
• Workforce scheduling solutions
• The work of the BIFM, FMA and i-fm.net in the Facilities Management arena
• Reporting
• The importance of CAFM
• Best practice for local authorities and housing associations in meeting the housing repair challenge
• Commercial drivers within PFI projects
• Career trends in the FM industry
• FM in the IT/technology, rail and utilities sectors
• Technical integration within Facilities Management - an energy viewpoint