New Look – Enhanced UI
- Inspired by VFA FacilityView but with its own personality – other HTML5 apps will be jealous.
Multiple Photo Linking Support
- Systems and Requirements everywhere will rejoice – now each can have up to 6 linked photos!
Mobile Survey Submit
- Now users can submit their completed surveys right from their Mobile device … giving them more time to update their Facebook status.
Splitting Existing Requirements
- Sometimes 1 needs to be 2 when 30% has been completed – makes perfect sense right?
Photo Storage Status
- After extensive research we discovered it was better to tell users how much storage they actually have before they run out – who knew?
For more details about the features listed above, check out What’s New in VFA.auditor v4.7.
Don’t have VFA.auditor yet? Learn more about it!
Assessing a Variety of Classrooms
University of Texas at Austin
Data Drives Facility Condition Improvements at UT Austin: VFA’s original work at UT Austin gave University planners the data needed to prioritize and fund key facility improvements. Subsequent re-assessments of those same facilities have quantified the impact of improvement efforts, showing, in an objective, measurable manner, that critical needs are being met. Now that’s how you spell credibility. Check out the Belo Center for New Media – these were some fun classrooms to assess!
Look what we’ve been up to!
Wilfrid Laurier University – Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
VFA wraps up assessments for Wilfrid Laurier University, part of a multi-year contract with the Ontario University System that stretches back over ten years & includes over 2600 Assets across 21 Universities. The current work at Laurier covers 89 academic, residential, and support facilities located on their Brantford, Waterloo, and Kitchener campuses, as part of the regular updating of their database first created in 2002. A number of new Assets were added to the Laurier database, including cost models for their new “Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science” research facility (pictured).
Tarleton University – Stephenville, TX
VFA is helping Tarleton State University take its facility capital planning program to the next level. Working together, the two organizations assessed 3,340 systems over 60 buildings. The data resides in VFA.facility, a dynamic Asset Database that can be searched, analyzed, and reported on by TSU facility, planning, and finance teams to guide capital planning and operational decisions. The database can store data on a wide range of facilities, even dairy complexes like Tarleton’s state of the art Southwest Regional Dairy Center!
In an October webinar, Skip Smith, VP Supply Chain, Physical Asset Services for Catholic Health Initiatives and past president of the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE), discussed 5 key steps to take your facilities career to the next level. You can watch the webinar here with the full audio and presentation.
Michelle Ervin, the editor of Canadian Facility Management & Design, covered the webinar and detailed the five steps in this article entitled “Becoming a Chief Facilities Officer.”
Here they are:
1. Build Credibility
Building credibility through excellent performance is crucial for developing the Chief Facilities Officer mindset. This will help you gain respect and influence within your organization.
2. Thought Leadership
Beyond doing a great job, the CFO should always strive to improve. This can be achieved by taking courses, such as those sponsored by professional associations like IFMA, or by keeping current with industry trends. A CFO should be knowledgeable in both strategic approaches to facilities management as well as particulars such as the latest sustainable materials.
A CFO should be creative, looking for new and innovative ways to utilize their facilities management expertise. These new processes should also, in turn, be linked the organization’s larger goals. This feeds back into point number one: innovating processes will improve credibility, influence, and respect for the Chief Facilities Officer position in the organization.
Communicating facilities management objectives and goals to stakeholders, internal and external, is extremely important. By relating these objectives to the larger organizational mission, the CFO is able to present their ideas in ways that resonate with decision-makers and demonstrate their right to a seat at the executive table.
Finally, it is important for a CFO to build relationships inside and outside the organization. Leverage networking opportunities through the industry associations, and internally, regularly meet with stakeholders in order to understand their needs, getting out in the facilities to raise his or her profile and that of the department.
Looking for more information like this? VFA is running webinars through 2014 on all things facility management. You can keep track or see what webinars are upcoming on our webinar page. All webinars are free to attend, so why not check a few of them out?
Join us in beautiful Victoria for a welcome reception Tuesday evening, an all-day forum on Wednesday and a half-day Thursday, featuring customer speakers and the opportunity to hear directly from VFA executives.
Questions? Need More Information?
Please contact Julie Cunniff at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 772-8229
Canadian Facility Management & Design