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24 August 2017 | Updated 01 January 1970

New technology developed by Spaceti, which brings together location-based sensors, a mobile app and web dashboard, has been trialled by Skanska at its UK head office. The aim of the trial was to assess how the data the system produces can be used to improve facilities management services in real time.

The solution looks to provide building managers with timely and accurate information about how a building is used, together with a range of environmental information. Skanska now plans to use the system at other sites where it carries out facilities management.

The sensors capture how a space is occupied and where people are, as well as information such as temperature and humidity. This data can then be used to plan the facilities management strategy more effectively for that area.

“The system has a range of potential benefits,” said innovation manager at Skanska, Dr Ruhul Amin. “These include fault reporting, as the mobile app allows people to report problems and attach pictures, together with their exact location. In an emergency, it could automatically help to guide people out of buildings to evacuation points.

"It can also help the management of lone workers, through remote monitoring, to ensure their health and wellbeing, and people can use the app to signal for aid.”

Operations director at Skanska Jane Cooper added: “Data and smart devices are at the heart of the future of facilities management. We believe that an approach to asset management, using new technology linked to the internet of things, will pay big dividends.”


OneAIM JV wins Operations Site Works contract   

OneAIM, a joint venture between Amec Foster Wheeler and Interserve, has won a key framework contract to support reprocessing plants and facilities at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria.

Operations Site Works, which is worth up to £160 million over four years, covers engineering support services for asset care and maintenance.


Partnership across Scandinavia 

ISS has signed a letter of intent for delivering integrated facility services in Norway, Sweden and Denmark to Telenor’s more than 5,000 facilities. The contract duration is 5 years with option of extending up to 3 years.

ISS has delivered integrated facility services to Telenor since 2012 and has now re-won the contract via a tender. The contract covers all Telenor’s buildings, offices, retail stores and technical installations managed by Telenor Real Estate across Scandinavia.

The services in the contract span technical services, facility management, catering, cleaning, support and office services, energy management, building maintenance and property management, as well as security at some locations. ISS will have approximately 220 service people employed under the agreement.


Daimler in Germany

ISS Automotive Services GmbH has won a contract for technical cleaning services at Daimler AG. The contract covers the Daimler manufacturing site in Stuttgart, Germany, one of the company’s largest plants.

ISS will also provide technical cleaning services for a variety of manufacturing facilities and equipment, such as hardening machines, grinding machines, and punch presses as well as conveyor belts, pressure casting facilities, moulding cutters, and milling machines. The contract will start in October 2017, with a duration of 5 years.

Several hundred ISS employees will be involved. They have specialised knowledge as well as appropriate equipment such as suction devices, lorries for extraction and disposal, high-pressure cleaning devices and dry-ice machines.


Winchester Cathedral win

BaxterStorey is helping put Winchester Cathedral back on the foodie map with the relaunch of its historic Refectory. A new menu has now been introduced, celebrating some of the country’s finest food and drink from top Hampshire suppliers.

Breakfast showcases some of the finest produce with local herbed sausage and Hampshire heritage tomatoes. Meanwhile, the new cake table will tempt visitors with its Moss Cake and Lymington strawberry compote to accompany traditional scones.

Sarah Miller, Regional Managing Director at BaxterStorey, said: “Alongside the seasonal menu at the Cathedral Refectory, our pop-up street food stalls will be located throughout the Cathedral grounds, from Jude’s ice cream bikes, to a Laverstoke Park Buffalo BBQ.”

The Refectory relaunch includes a new corporate and events offering, with bespoke menus tailored for individual requirements.


Blue Riband for top UK female barista

BaxterStorey’s Jana Slamova has been recognised as the highest scoring female competitor in the finals of the 2017 UK Barista Championships. The competition saw six finalists battle it out, with BaxterStorey as the only foodservice provider.

Slamova, who has made it to the finals for the last three consecutive years, stormed ahead of her fellow female contestants and was placed as the top female barista in the competition, securing fourth place overall. The BaxterStorey national barista trainer showcased her creative and technical skills with a signature espresso drink of Tonka-infused beans with panela, creating flavours of warm spices, toffee and caramelised banana. Her eye for detail impressed the judges as she perfected the intense flavours whilst considering room temperature, machine conditions and her ingredients to create her signature drink.   

Picture: Main - Winchester Cathedral. Below - Barista Jana Slamova

Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 24 August 2017


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