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03 January 2005 / by FM Magazine (author) / London
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Our jargon-busting guide to acronyms used in the facilities management industry.

If you’re fed up with being bamboozled by industry jargon, take respite in the knowledge that you’re not alone. Help is at hand in the form of the acronym index below Simply read through, memorise, baffle colleagues and expect a pay rise within a matter of days!

ADP Automated Dumb Process
AHU Air handling unit
AHU Airhandling Unit
AIMSS Advanced Integrated Maintenance Support System
AO Alternative Officing
ASP Application Service Provider
AWS Alternative Workplace Strategies
BACnet Building Automation & Control Networks
BCP Business Continuity Planning
BDS Building Data Server
BIM Building Information Modelling
BIUAS Building In-Use Assessment System
BMS Building Management Systems
BOOT Build Own Operate Transfer
BOT Build Operate Transfer
BPO Business Process Outsourcing
BRI Building Related Illness
CAD Computer-Aided Design
CAFM Computer-Aided Facility Management
CAPEX Capital Expenditure
CBM Condition Based Maintenance
CBW Continuous Batch Washing
CCTV Closed Circuit Television
CFC Chlorofluorocarbon
CFC Common Cause Failure
CFM Certified Facility Manager
CIFM Computer-Integrated Facility Management
CM Corrective Maintenance
CMIS Cost Management Information System
CMMS Computerized-Maintenance
Management Systems
CPAF Cost Plus Award Fee
CPARS Contractor Performance Assessment
Reporting System
CPD Continuous Professional Development
CPE Contractor Performance Evaluation
CPFF Cost Plus fixed Fee
CPIF Cost Plus Incentive Fee
CRE Corporate Real Estate
CRM Customer Relationship Manager
CSR Corporate Social Responsibility
CTD Cumulative Trauma Disorders
DALI Digital Addressable Lighting Interface
DBMS Database Management Systems
DEL Directly Employed Labour
DSO Direct Support organization
EAC Electronic Access Control
EAM Enterprise Asset Management
ECG Electronic Control Gears
EIA Environment Impact Assessment
EIB European installation Bus
EMF Electromagnetic Fields
EMP Environmental Master Plan
EMT Emerging Management Team
EN European Norm
EPBD Energy Performance in Buildings Directive
EPC Engineering, Procurement and Construction
ERPO Enterprise Resource Planning
ESCO Energy Saving Companies
FCO Fixed Capital Outlay
FINS Fault Equivalence Identification Numbers
FM Facility Management, Facilities Management
FMEA Failure Mode and Effect Analysis
FMECA Failure Mode Effect and Criticality Analysis
FMP Facilities Management Professional
FMS Facility Management Simulation
FPI Fixed Price Incentive
FPLH Fixed Price Labour Hour
FPPI Fixed Price Plus Incentive
FRV Functional Replacement Value
FTE Full Time Equivalent
GIS Geographic Information system
GMP Guaranteed Maximum Price
GPRS General Positioning System
GPS Global Positioning System
H&S Health & Safety
HAZOP Hazard Operability
HCFC Hydrochlorofluorocarbon
HEPA High Efficiency Particulate Air Filters
HID High Intensity Discharge
HSW Health, Safety and Welfare
HVAC Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning
HVACR Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
IAP Indoor Air Pollution
IAQ Indoor Air Quality
IDQLI Indefinite Delivery Quantity Line Item
IETM Interactive Electronic Technical Manual
IFC Industrial Foundation Classes
IP Internet Protocol
IPT Internet Protocol Telephony
ISDN Integrated Services Digital Network
ISO International Standard for Organizations
ITS Information Technology System
ITT Invitation To Tender
IVR Interactive Voice Response
JIT Just-In-Time
JV Joint Venture
KM Knowledge Management
KPI Key Performance Indicators
LAN Local Area Network
LCC Life Cycle Costing
LED Light Emitting Diode
LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
LFD Live Finger Detection
M&E Mechanical and Electrical
M&R Maintenance & Rehabilitation
M2M Machine to machine
MDS Maintenance Data System
MDS Malfunction Detection System
MEP Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing
MFD Multifunctional Device
MIS Management Information Systems
MMS Maintenance Management Software
MSDS Material Safety Data Sheets
MTA Maintenance Task Analysis
MTBF Mean Time Between Failures
MTTR Mean Time To Repair
NPV Net Present Value
NRC Noise Reduction Coefficient
O&M Operation and Maintenance
OA Office Automation
ODBMS Object Database Management Systems
OEE Overall Equipment Effectiveness
OH&P Overheads & profit
PAT Portable Appliance Testing
PBX Private Branch Exchange
PDA Personal Digital Assistant products
PDH Professional Development Hours
PDP Plasma Display Panel
PE Professional Engineer
PFI Public Finance Initiative
PHA Process Hazard Analysis
PLC Programmable Logical Controller
PLETSUS Practices Leading Towards Sustainability
PM Property Management
PMS Property Management System
POE Post-Occupancy Evaluation
POMEC Property, Operation, Maintenance, Energy, Cost
PPE Personal Protective Equipment
PPM Planned Preventative Maintenance
PPP Public Private Partnership
PSM Process Safety Management
QFD Quality Function Deployment
QMS Quality Management System
QRA Quanitified Risk Assesment
R&D Research & development
RCFA Root Cause Failure Analysis
RCM Reliability Centred Maintenance
RFI Radio Frequency Identification
RFP Request For Proposal
RMS Remote Monitoring System
RMS Repetitive Motion Syndromes
RPN Risk Levels and risk priority numbers
RTC Resolution Trust Corporation
SBS Sick Building Syndrome
SC Shading Coefficient
SEER Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio
SFP Strategic Facility Plan
SHE Safety, Health and Environment
SHGC Solar Heat Gain Coefficient
SIS Safety Instrumented Systems
SLA Service Level Agreement
SMDB Strong Motion Database
SMED Single Minute Exchange of Dies
SPC Statistical Process Control
SQL Structured Query Language
STC Sound Transmission Coefficient
STM Serviceability Tools and Methods
SVA Security Vulnerability Assessment
TFM Total Facilities Management
TIFM Total Integrated Facility Management
TPM Total Productive Maintenance
TQM Total Quality Management
VAV Variable Air Volume
VDT Visual Display Terminals
VFD Variable Frequency Drivers
VOC Volatile Organic Compounds
WAN Wide Area Network
WIFI Wireless Fidelity
WO Work Order

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FM Magazine is the definitive source of news and trends in the global facilities management industry and connects senior professionals to each other, the construction industry and to governments. On the 'hard' side FM Magazine focuses on the systems, processes and technologies that are required to operate buildings in a safe and sustainable manner. On the 'soft' side FM Magazine encompasses the management of all activities within a facility - from workspace management and the provision of cleaning, waste, security and front-of-house services to catering, decorating and landscaping; from ICT, procurement and communities' management to administration, HR and training. FM Magazine is published in UK and Ireland, Global and GCC editions - Launched in 2005 FM Magazine (GCC Edition) was the Middle East's first facilities management periodical.

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