Date: Thurusday, May 24, 2012
Time: 2:00pm EST
Length: Approximately 30 minutes

The value of a Facilities Condition Assessment (FCA) is multifold, but what one organization requires can differ dramatically from another. Facility management professionals often seek key benefits that are specific to their portfolio, so it’s essential to understand what approach best suits your business requirements. Ultimately, the goal is the right baseline data to support strategic FM decisions in line with organizational objectives.

You’ll Discover How to:
• Define the right size condition assessment
• Turn the data into analysis that is prioritized, actionable and defensible
• Identify what additional data can be included for even more powerful decision-making
• Ascertain planning and tracking benefits

Speakers:
James M. Streeter, P.E., LEED Green Associate, Project Director, VFA Professional Services
Keith M. O’Leary, Director, VFA Product Marketing

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM Pacific/2:00 PM Eastern
Length: 45 minutes
Fees: This webinar is complimentary
Location: Available Online Using WebEx

In the wake of a major disaster, damage assessment can be particularly challenging for organizations with dozens or even hundreds of affected properties. Many businesses and government organizations often struggle to grasp the extent of damage incurred to their facilities. Having detailed pre-disaster facility condition data a mouse-click away can make a significant difference in how rapidly an organization can get back to business.

In this webinar, we’ll discuss the steps you can take to minimize the effects a natural disaster can have on business continuity and how to project the impact of emergency spending on future capital plans. We’ll review the disaster preparedness strategies organizations are using to proactively collect accurate facility information and establish a centralized data repository that can be readily accessed.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Collect accurate and comprehensive facilities condition data – before disaster strikes
  • Maintain a current, centralized capital asset decision-support database
  • Integrate disaster preparedness into your capital plan

Speaker:
Joseph  Xavier, Senior Consultant , VFA, Inc.

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM Pacific/2:00 PM Eastern
Length: 30 minutes
Fees: This webinar is complimentary
Location: Available Online Using WebEx

Today, innovations in technology and processes are enabling facility teams to approach facility condition assessments differently. Self-assessments using guided surveys on mobile tablets to collect data and cloud computing to synchronize the data for analysis and planning are propelling new assessment options.

But how do you know when self-assessment is right? Join us for this live webinar and learn how guided self-assessments using mobile tablets can deliver a cost-effective solution for facility condition assessments.

We’ll discuss the benefits of facility self-assessment and how and when this process should be deployed.  We’ll demonstrate technology solutions that are changing how facility teams collect and manage assessment data that can be used to create and validate plans and defend funding requests.

You’ll also learn:
• What are the benefits of facility self-assessment?
• When should you employ facility self-assessment as a data collection tool?
• How does facility self-assessment work?

Speaker: Keith O’Leary, Director, VFA Product Marketing, VFA, Inc.

 

 

By Ameeta Soni, Chief Marketing Officer, VFA, Inc.

Here are four customer case studies that illustrate how a Facility Condition Index enabled these organizations to gain an accurate picture of their facilities and prioritize projects.

James Madison University
VFA.facility calculated the industry-standard Facility Condition Index (FCI), which is determined by dividing the total cost of existing requirements over the current replacement value of facilities. JMU’s facility portfolio had an average FCI of 0.32 – an FCI of over 0.10 means that the portfolio has conditions that should be addressed to meet the goals of “Best in Class” facilities management. Using the Facility Condition Index for individual buildings, JMU was able to decide which buildings to renovate and which to replace, and had clear data regarding what requirements to address and how to reduce the Facility Condition Index.

The Ottawa Hospital
The Ottawa Hospital is one of the largest academic health sciences center in Canada, serving more than 1.5 million people in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. The hospital had a portfolio of aging buildings and facility conditions that varied widely across campuses. Using data gathered in facility condition assessments, the hospital leveraged VFA.facility’s strategic long-term facilities capital planning capabilities to develop comprehensive capital plans and multi-year budgets, taking into consideration the impact of multiple funding scenarios on the overall Facility Condition Index.

University of Massachusetts Medical School
The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) is one of the fastest growing academic health centers in the U.S. In addition to its core mission of medical education, UMMS is a world-class research institution, attracting over $174 million in research funding annually. As a heavily used facility with over 35 years in service, UMMS began to see increased operational issues and equipment at the end of its useful life. The school required a solution that provided tools for forecasting maintenance, renewal and capital spending. VFA’s assessment gave UMMS a prioritized list of deficiencies to roll into its capital plan, with cost calculations based on industry standards. VFA.facility provided a repository for managing this data, and enabled the generation of quantifiable metrics such as the Facility Condition Index.

Please visit our Facility Condition Index page and Case Study page for more information about the benefits of accurate facility condition data.

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