How does University of California ensure buildings are performing?


How does the University of California plan to manage their property assets across 10 campuses? By implementing an impressive new program called ICAMP – the Integrated Capital Asset Management Program. We caught up with Rich Powers, of the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) to find out how ICAMP enables visibility and integration across campus systems, and promotes efficient asset lifecycle management, too…

Defining the key elements of ICAMP

The ICAMP solution contains three solutions, all of which come together to support better decision-making:

  •       IBM TRIRIGA Cloud
  •       RSMeans
  •       FieldFLEX Mobile.

UCOP chose the TRIRIGA platform to bring together all of their asset data into one integrated system. TRIRIGA lets you create a building inventory and location hierarchy. It has the capabilities required to manage those buildings throughout their lifecycle. Crucially, it supports facility condition assessment, or FCA. This is how they access every building component, from floor to ceiling, for health and performance. By using TRIRIGA, Rich’s team can overlay their building inventory with the FCA data to see which assets are most at risk, or in need of maintenance.

By combining this information with industry data from RSMeans, the team is able to estimate potential repair costs, then kick off opportunities from within TRIRIGA. UCOP also built a mobile FCA application with FieldFLEX Mobile that makes TRIRIGA available to technicians in the field. This carries the advantage of a streamlined inspection and assessment process. It allows architectural, electrical, and mechanical inspectors to look at their respective inventory elements and access asset data with ease. The application supports storing floor plans, uploading photos and videos, geo-tagging buildings and assets, and cross-referencing lifecycle data to help inspectors make better real-time assessments across the portfolio…

[Admin: To see other related posts, use the Cloud tag, FCA tag, RSMeans tag, or FieldFLEX tag.]

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All-Time Top 20 TRIRIGAFEEDIA posts (since December 2014)


Today, August 19, 2018, TRIRIGAFEEDIA reached 200,000 hits since its birth on December 5, 2014. Impressive milestone! To celebrate, let’s examine the numbers. As of today, TRIRIGAFEEDIA earned 200,002 views from 64,501 visitors across 2,496 posts plus 114 pages. Although this top 20 represents only 0.77% of the total posts plus pages, it represents 7% (13,941) of the total hits or views. That’s 9x the average rate. Pretty interesting. So, here are the top-twenty posts of all time!

Rank Post Hits
1 How do you earn a professional TRIRIGA certification? 2,045
2 *History 1,447
3 Why do you see “Max connections reached” errors in WebSphere? 1,442
4 *UX Lessons 1,002
5 What are the TRIRIGA training paths to certification? 969
6 Where can you find the IBM TRIRIGA process flow diagrams? 741
7 Who are some CAFM, CMMS, EAM, & IWMS competitors of IBM TRIRIGA? 690
8 Getting an HTTP Error 500 when previewing BIRT form reports 657
9 Exploring the TRIRIGA user group community 571
10 Is there a way to implement SAML SSO with WebSphere Liberty? 541
11 *About 495
12 How do you see the IBM TRIRIGA version? 488
13 Alert: Microsoft KB3032359 issue prevents iframe display within TRIRIGA Workflow Builder 432
14 How do you create Java classes from Apache CXF WSDL2Java tool? 377
15 Introducing the TRIRIGA integration options 376
16 *What are Perceptive apps? 371
17 What does the TRIRIGA scheduler engine do and how is it used? 343
18 *What exactly is TRIRIGA UX? 320
19 Can TRIRIGA send BIRT reports via email? 318
20 UX: How do you build an app in the IBM TRIRIGA UX Framework? 316
*Technically, a page, not a dated post. But worth ranking.

[Admin: This post appeared first on TRIRIGAFEEDIA. This post is related to the 12.01.16 post about the top-ten posts of November 2016. To see other related posts, use the Top Ten tag.]

Verdantix: Accruent to be acquired by Fortive for whopping $2 billion


On July 31, 2018, industrial technology solutions giant Fortive announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Accruent, a real estate and facilities management software provider, from private equity firm Genstar Capital. Fortive will pay $2 billion in cash and expects Accruent to generate revenues of $270 million in 2018. This will come from its suite of software products used by Accruent’s 10,000 customers. Upon completion of the acquisition, Accruent will become part of Fortive’s portfolio of Field Services solutions alongside other brands such as Fluke, Gordian (RSMeans), and Industrial Scientific. Verdantix finds this is the biggest deal to date in the $4.9 billion market for real estate and building management software, which we define further in our recent report

What does the deal mean for the broader real estate and building management software market? The deal shows the market is consolidating at a rapid rate. The largest real estate software vendors MRI, RealPage and Yardi have been locked in an arms race of acquisitions to further bolster their scale. Meanwhile, IWMS vendor Planon has pursued targeted acquisitions to support international expansion. This latest deal also highlights the emerging push by software vendors to make greater linkages between software used during the construction and operational phases of buildings. Witness Elecosoft, a construction software provider, acquiring Shire Systems, a CMMS vendor, to offer the construction firms and property investors it engages with a maintenance management solution…

[Admin: This post is related to the 08.01.16 post about CAFM, CMMS, EAM, and IWMS competitors. To see other related posts, use the Verdantix tag or Accruent tag.]

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Serraview: 8 Workplace statistics make you rethink space planning


What we think of as the “traditional office” (clusters of cubicles in the center of a space, surrounded by private offices around the perimeter) is going away — about 70% of US offices have some type of “open office” design.

Companies are starting to go beyond just workplace space planning by investing in healthy building features and looking for ways to provide more choice and autonomy to their employees, but why? Are these strategies actually working, or are they just following trends? Is it worth it to redesign your office layout and make dramatic changes to how your employees work?

Let’s dig into some statistics that shed some light on how the workspace impacts the employee experience and what that might mean for your company:

  • Innovative companies are 5 times more likely to have workplaces that prioritize individual and group workspace…
  • 69% of businesses that implemented healthy building features reported improvements in employee satisfaction and engagement…
  • People are 12% more likely to report being happy with their job when they have freedom and autonomy in their work environment…
  • 37% of job candidates will accept a job with a lower salary if the company offers appealing culture, workplace facilities and technology…
  • 42.5% of the global workforce will be mobile employees by 2022…
  • 85% of respondents in a CBRE survey expect to see increase in mobility in the workplace through activity-based workplaces…
  • 70% of employees age 16-44 say they want to be more mobile at work…
  • 30% of energy used in a commercial building is wasted

[Admin: This post is related to the 05.17.16 post about the use of meeting rooms (and collaborative overload), the 11.01.17 post by FacilitiesNet about the inefficient use of office space, and the 06.01.18 post by FM:Systems about the employee-centric workplace. To see other related posts, use the Workplace tag.]

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ValuD: What are the best practices for TRIRIGA implementations?


Part 1: Leasing Software

Earlier posts focused on the best practices followed by ValuD during IBM TRIRIGA application upgrades. In this blog series, we highlight the best practices that ValuD advocates for an IBM TRIRIGA 10.5.3 leasing software implementation…

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Part 2: Data Readiness

Our earlier blog focused on the key learning from ValuD’s 10.5.3 implementations. In the next couple of blogs, we list our recommendations for each stage of the implementation life cycle. In this post, we focus on data readiness, data migration, and the design phases…

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Part 3: Journal Entries Setup

Continuing with our recommendations for each stage of the implementation life cycle, today we focus on the build process and general ledger (journal entry) integration steps…

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Part 4: Testing & Training

In our final blog of this series, we list our recommendations for the last two phases of the implementation life cycle: TRIRIGA testing and training…

[Admin: This post is related to the 01.10.18 post, 08.07.17 post, and 09.24.15 post about the best practices for configuring and upgrading TRIRIGA applications. To see other related posts, use the Best Practices tag or Implementation tag.]

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Verdantix: Is occupant happiness a new metric for smart buildings?


Buildings that support occupant happiness and productivity sound great. So what’s the catch? Occupant well-being and happiness is much harder to quantify compared to environmental factors such as energy efficiency. Also, there aren’t yet well-recognized rating systems, although the International WELL Building Institute is making some headway. But the bigger puzzle for the smart building ecosystem to solve is: How much do building conditions really contribute to occupant happiness? How should building investments be balanced with other areas such as IT?

[Admin: To see other related posts, use the Workplace tag or Satisfaction tag.]

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Planon: From Smart to Learning Buildings with Machine Learning


Organisations and more specifically, their facility and real estate managers are constantly looking to improve our work environment and the buildings that we work in. They want to be cost-efficient, increase productivity, and create a healthy and attractive workplace for their employees.

The Internet of Things and Smart Buildings are providing interesting opportunities to improve our work environments. Achieving this, however, is a big challenge for organisations. What Smart Building solutions are organisations looking for? What is the real value to organisations? How will organisations realise these benefits?

From a reactive to a proactive approach through “machine learning”

The ability of buildings to measure every action or change in behaviour by the building or its occupants is changing rapidly. Nowadays, affordable sensors are available that measure for example space occupancy, air quality, usage of specific spaces or the state of building installations. Data collected from these sensors provides information about these items. We can use this data to make improvements to the work environment, building or user experience.

For example, when sensor measurements show that a meeting room that was reserved is actually not in use, it can immediately become available for a new meeting. In addition, when sensor measurements show that a specific toilet area is used less than expected, the cleaning schedule can be adjusted. However, these useful examples are based on an “If This Then That” scenario, meaning that if an event occurs we react to that event. This is a reactive approach rather than a proactive approach, so can we really call this “smart”?

[Admin: This post is related to the 11.01.17 post about designing smarter buildings that learn. To see other related posts, use the Planon tag or Smart Buildings tag.]

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