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How to Reap Greater Savings Through Facilities Management Big Data Use

The use of facilities management big data is an essential step in implementing predictive maintenance and overarching proactive maintenance strategies. Data alone is not enough; Facilities Managers must enact changes in maintenance schedules, refine the use of labor resources and encourage everyone in the facility to do their part to save energy and eliminate waste. Since getting everyone on-board with turning out the lights and HVAC system when not in use is tough, it may be easier to let Big Data analytics do the talking. So, let’s take a look at how Big Data can be leveraged to reap more significant savings.

Using Data Correctly to Generate Value

A misconception exists about the use of big data; that every application of data results in savings. This is not true. Data used in the wrong fashion may increase maintenance and energy spend and actually lower efficiency. Moreover, as explained by FM Link, increased sophistication of systems can still have significant drawbacks, including:

  • Non-effective energy and maintenance metrics.
  • Disconnects between disparate systems.
  • Lacking or sub-par energy management and smart building systems.
  • Poor performance visibility.

The only way to overcome these challenges is to use the right type of data applied across an enterprise. For instance, connecting HVAC, lighting, refrigeration, security and electrical systems can generate a cost-profile for all assets. This information can be leveraged to make maintenance decisions based on systems with the highest energy consumption. Therefore, improvements made to high-cost systems can reduce spend, and applying big data to the equation ensures Facilities Managers can validate savings. Furthermore, smaller systems, such as a heat vent system in a kitchen, can be measured for its impact on heat flows through dining areas, and using data, Facilities Managers can reorganize kitchen setup to reduce this impact.

Facilities Management Big Data Provides Multi-Pronged Cost Savings 

The use of Big Data is about more than just capturing data. Facilities Managers must consider how it affected facility assets and planned, predictive maintenance. In a sense, the use of big data enables multi-pronged cost savings through extended asset life expectancy, reduced long-term repair costs, better use of energy resources and visibility into asset condition, explains David Lewek of Facility Executive. As a result, the maintenance schedule can be refined, and maintenance work can be validated through connected systems. The benefits extend to field service technicians too, reducing the amount of time necessary to identify a problem, lowering the cost to the facility.

How to Leverage the Power of Big Data in Simple Steps

According to HPAC Engineering, Facilities Managers should follow these steps to tap into the value of Big Data faster and with less risk:

  1. Plan. Plan.
  2. Get support and involvement from stakeholders at the onset.
  3. Break down the implementation processes into steps, watching for redundancies.
  4. Coordinate changes with your IT team, if applicable.
  5. Integrate systems into a central database and management platform.
  6. Take advantage of scalable, web-based management systems.
  7. Grant or limit access to analytics’ dashboarding systems based on roles and demand.

Take Advantage of Big Data-Based Savings in Your Facility

Big Data alone will not provide value to your organization. You need to know where to look at big data for the most significant savings, and all systems must be connected, producing a stream of information about function, energy use, and maintenance needs. Facilities management big data will reduce long-term facilities spend and enable the use of cost-avoidance strategies too. Unlock the value of facilities management big data by choosing ENTOUCH for your energy-saving and -management partner. Contact ENTOUCH by calling 1-800-820-3511 or completing the online contact form today.