Many companies have turned to building automation systems to manage their facility, operations, and energy consumption. It’s a common misconception that employing automation systems and new technology will “steal” the jobs of their human counterparts. But, as it is in many other industries, building automation systems won’t be replacing the value of having facility managers now or tomorrow. In fact, building owners are quite concerned about a future shortage of skilled facility managers as the current pool of experienced workers reach retirement.
Regardless, current and prospective facility managers shouldn’t be discouraged or concerned about the rise in building automation systems. Even with all these powerful tools at our fingertips, facility managers are indispensable in these smart building environments.
Firstly, we need to acknowledge that innovation and improvements don’t stop with installing building automation systems. It’s only the beginning of more changes to come. Modernizing your tools for building management and monitoring should be an on-going endeavor. Facility managers will always want the latest technology to improve data collection, analysis, and network security. Further, making these upgrades will need strategic planning.
Managers need to account for how to make these changes in a way that makes financial sense, gives proper time to train workers on new procedures, uphold regulatory compliance, and other aspects of facility performance. As you can see, facility managers are going to be the catalyst for smart and continuous modernization. They need to oversee a strategic means to integrate the new technology into their company’s operations.
There’s no argument that most facilities have adopted a data-driven mindset when refining and improving processes. Building automation systems collect, analyze, and optimize connected building systems. Still, technology is not entirely at a point that it can replace human decision-making. Facility managers supervise the systems and tweak controls as needed. This reinforces the fact that a facility manager’s job has not changed; the tools and applications available to them to do their job have evolved. Not to mention, managers base their decisions on the specific industry or environment they operate in, like a hospital or industrial plant. Human decision-making still takes the lead but is made stronger by evidence from collected data from the facility systems.
Experience Checks Software
Indeed, building automation systems have made it easier to sit back and let the system handle the day-to-day operations like checking on equipment performance and regulating ambient conditions (HVAC, lighting, etc.). Yet, the software lacks the ability to plan out courses of action to meet greater corporate goals, such as energy and sustainability objectives. The facility managers fall back on their expertise to devise strategies to achieve these goals while meeting productivity, employee safety, compliance standards, and more.
Sometimes, it’s up to the facility manager to make the call to change something instead of waiting for a programmed algorithm to detect something that is off. For example, older equipment may perform at acceptable standards. But, the facility manager can recognize it’s time to replace and upgrade the equipment before it starts to experience faulty issues that come with aging infrastructure. The technology doesn’t recognize this scenario as a potential problem, but a facility manager will and take steps to rectify it.
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