MEFMA discusses impact of technology in Saudi conference

MEFMA discusses impact of technology in Saudi conference
Published: 21 February 2019 - 9:15 a.m.
By: Nikhil Pereira

The Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA) held its workshop and networking event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where it discussed ‘Technology in FM and its impact on assets.’

The event held at Al Mugairen Hall - Riyadh Chamber convened top facilities management (FM) organisations to continue the discussions on the impact of intelligent tools on the regional FM community.

The event, which is a part of the strategic collaboration between MEFMA and the Riyadh Chamber, took place amid the rise of smarter buildings in the region and the world in response to sustainability calls and rapid technological innovations.

Advanced technologies, including computer-aided facility management (CAFM), building management system (BMS), mobile solutions, and remote monitoring, have been a key change enabler within the FM community, positively impacting productivity and the quality of service delivery while promoting transparency, efficiency, reliability, and sustainability.

Integrating technologies into facilities lead to lower energy costs, more efficient operations, greater occupant safety and satisfaction, higher utilisation, and more enhanced revenue performance.

Eng. Aiyd Al Qahtani, MEFMA board of director was the key lecturer during the workshop.

Eng. Al Qahtani shared with the attendees a range of proven techniques in rolling out technology-driven, high-quality, and cost-efficient FM services.

He tackled the process of determining the right technology for specific assets to produce the best results. He also discussed the relevant findings of a comparative study analysis and a market research with the participants.

He said: “Buildings are now becoming more and more complex and intelligent. To be able to catch up with these changes, MEFMA seeks to sustain dialogues by providing different platforms of discussions similar to our Riyadh event. We have long acknowledged that scalable technology is critical to ensuring optimum use of facilities and gaining tangible savings. It is now up to us, stakeholders, to take this knowledge further by putting into action our commitment to adopt essential technology to guarantee productivity, service quality, and transparency. By continuing our discussions, we are helping solidify the future of the Middle East’s FM industry.”

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