Ministry of Defence to host the first Tune in to FM Seminar of 2005

Now in its second year, the landmark Tune in to FM Seminar Series kicks off it’s 2005 programme at the Ministry of Defence’s prestigious headquarters in Whitehall.

The series, developed by leading CAFM and FM solutions and technology provider FSI (FM Solutions) Limited, is widely acknowledged as the industry’s specialist forum. Established to promote dialogue between users and systems developers, it now not only encourages the sharing of best practice between delegates from a wide range of industry sectors but also brings to the fore the latest developments within the FM industry.

“The success of the Tune in to FM series has been phenomenal,” explains Compton Darlington, FSI’s Operations 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 services 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. The demand has been such that in some cases we have had to defer delegates to later events.”

In line with the seminars held throughout 2004 at high profile venues including the London Stock Exchange, this year’s first event boasts an impressive line-up of best in class speakers and topics. A major focus of the day will be the implementation of FSI’s Concept™ range of software as an innovative solution at the Ministry of Defence. BIFM underlines its continuing commitment to the seminar series with Institute Chairman Mick Dalton, marketing director of GS Hall, scheduled to make the keynote address on IT within FM; followed by a presentation from Iain Murray, Managing Director of Jenkins & Marr Facilities Management and BIFM Scottish Regional Chairman covering the business side of PFI.

According to Mike Dalton: “The FM industry has reached a watershed where both in-house and contractors are expected to provide cost savings and efficiencies as a matter of rule. Increasingly the role of ‘joined-up’ IT and CAFM systems has become central to FM offerings rather than an add-on service.

“The PFI route, as exemplified by the tranche of MoD contracts illustrates how large-scale operations can benefit from a truly integrated systems approach.”

Other speakers include benchmarking guru and international consultant Bernard Williams who will discuss the developments in the fast moving world of data analysis and interpretation of FM data. He will also explore the rationale behind a radical new business tool that can be integrated with the Concept™ system.  This tool will give comparative costs for a range of FM services, by utilising the benchmarking expertise and database of Bernard Williams Associates (BWA).

“This event promises to be even more of a crowd puller than its predecessors,” continues Darlington. “The venue and topics for discussion are cutting edge. FM now represents one of the largest, fastest and sustained growth sectors in the UK and encompasses both private and public sectors. During this event delegates will experience first hand the benefits and future developments of CAFM and the major role it has to play within the FM industry as clients and providers alike drive cost and efficiencies across delivery of their contracts.”