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Coventry University to Future-proof Key Building

19.07.2021, 10:26

Coventry University to Future-proof Key Building

Coventry University is implementing an integrated workplace management system (IWMS) and enhanced building analytics monitoring solution at its Engineering and Computing Building.

The IWMS from Planon will enable facilities managers to plan, execute and monitor all activities involved in reactive and planned preventative maintenance (PPM), space and move management, asset management, operational facility services, room reservations and the delivery of other customer services.

Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Building Advisor, the suite of analytic monitoring services selected for the project, unlocks the operational performance of builing management systems (BMS) by providing key insights into building operation and performance, and remote management to facilitate proactive maintenance.

Planon’s IWMS software will automatically process smart building diagnostics data generated by the Building Advisor suite to determine whether an action is needed, and can initiate a standardised workflow or highlight an issue for a manual decision by the facilities team by scheduling and dispatching work to a field engineers’ mobile phones for execution.

Nasima Laming, Business Systems Support Officer at Coventry University, explains: “One of our main goals is to move away from reactive work, instead resolving issues before they affect our staff and students.

“Leveraging digital tools, we will monitor the condition of our campus plant and equipment proactively and get recommended actions, many of which we can automate for a smooth and seamless process. The additional aspects of course are the cost and energy savings we hope to benefit from.”

Marcel Groenenboom, Planon CCO, says: “We always strive to provide the best possible solution to our customers and partners. By working with Schneider Electric and its smart building operating and analytics technology, we can bring new benefits to Coventry University.”

The joint solution is another milestone in the partnership between Planon and Schneider Electric, which began in 2019. Leveraging the synergies between the two companies, it is the first project of its kind in the UK.

Kas Mohammed, Schneider Electric’s VP of Digital Energy, adds: “We are delighted to continue our collaboration with Planon and join forces to work on the project at Coventry University.

“Buildings of the future must be sustainable, hyper-efficient, resilient, and people-focused.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has added a new dimension to this shift: buildings must support resiliency and continuity. The university clearly understands the need to future-proof its buildings, as it strives to provide the best possible environment for occupants.”

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Staff Reporter covers the latest news, trends and opinion from the facilities management (FM) and corporate real estate (CRE) sectors. The FM market is currently estimated to be worth USD 1 trillion annually and is projected to grow at a compounded annualised rate of approximately 5% between now and 2026.

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