Facilities Management Industry Transformation
The Real Estate Industry Transformation Map (REITM), comprising Property Transactions and Facilities Management (FM) sectors, was launched on 8 February 2018 by Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development.
BCA set up the tripartite FM Implementation Committee (FMIC) in April 2018 to bring together major stakeholders, comprising building owners, FM service providers and the trade associations and chambers (TACs). The FMIC will co-develop initiatives to enhance service delivery of the Facilities Management Companies (FMCs) and uplift the industry as a whole.
About Facilities Management Implementation Committee (FMIC)
The tripartite Facilities Management Implementation Committee (FMIC) was formed in April 2018. It comprises representatives from building developers & owners of both public and private sectors, FM service providers, trade associations & chambers (TACs) and also union to develop detailed action plans to implement the strategies identified in the REITM. The FMIC's goal is to advance the FM industry from a labour intensive industry to a productive one leveraging on data analytics, predictive maintenance and smart solutions.
KEY CHALLENGES FACED BY FACILITIES MANAGEMENT (FM) INDUSTRY
The FMIC has been engaging the FMCs to gain insight on the challenges they face, summarised in Table 1 below.
|FM Industry||Key Challenges|
Table 1: Current Key Challenges Faced by the FM Industry
CREATING A HEALTHY FACILITIES MANAGEMENT (FM) ECO-SYSTEM
In order to overcome the key challenges, the FMIC deliberated that setting FM standards would form an important first step in its strategy to develop a healthy FM ecosystem. Adoption of Design for Maintainability (DfM) standards can be encouraged for existing buildings undergoing retrofits and for new buildings by having designs that take into account maintainability considerations, and Smart FM technology deployment to enhance the buildings' operation and maintenance.
The government can create lead demand by serving as an early adopter through its procurement framework, which can set out the relevant FM standards for existing and new public buildings. This demand would have a knock-on effect on the FM sector to encourage the FM sector to raise its competency. This can be done by building up capability at both firm and personnel level in order to provide good quality FM services, supported by a productive workforce that leverages on technology.
Figure 1: Illustration of FM Eco-system
|S/N||Key Proposed Recommendations|
Design for Maintainability (DfM)
Smart Facilities Management (FM)
Manpower and Industry Development
Table 2: Key Proposed Recommendations by the FMIC