How Big Data Can Accelerate Your Maintenance ?

February 2, 2017
CIM Team

Buildings are being built better, plant and equipment is smarter, tenants are after green leases and governments are demanding mandatory disclosure. So why aren’t property owners benefiting from better performing assets, with lower running costs and tenant satisfaction?Dynamic buildings require the seamless interaction between hardware, software and the humans managing these components. As with any operation system, its the fail points that cause difficulty for property managers and owners. For example

  • Hardware – large buildings have thousands of individual pieces of plant and equipment, all of which wears out over time. Belts can ‘slip’, actuator bars can ‘oval’ and sensors can drop out of calibration
  • Humans – operational and contract teams that run and maintain the building. These teams are very often reactive to tenant feedback, manually overriding temperatures for example until the tenants are satisfied. This human interference masks the faults that may exist within the HVAC equipment.
  • Software – building control software is complicated. The single biggest point of failure occurs when the control system logic is created by a consultant pre-construction and not regularly recalibrated to reflect  a building’s current use. Software upgrades create hidden schedules and often cause pumps and fans to run unnecessarily. The list of software faults is endless and very often they are not picked up by controls companies that are contracted to maintain, not optimise, the software

All of these factors combine to push energy consumption up and cause tenant complaints to increase. Too often building managers rely on maintenance contractors to ‘fix’ the wide range of faults within the building. This approach is reactive, costly and will not drive your buildings environmental ratings (NABERS, BREEN and LEEDS) nor improve your long-term tenant satisfaction levels.

Maintenance is improved with good data

It’s time to move beyond maintenance contracts. Operational maintenance teams do not have the technology required to review the interaction of building systems to identify the root cause of faults and design solutions to prevent future breakdowns.Facility managers, mechanical and controls contractors are not using the data within the building correctly. And too often the faults are identified exist within software, hardware and operational areas will never be resolved with the limited amount of resources available within the building. Sporadic maintenance visits, sometimes once per quarter, cannot keep a building running smoothly.Successfully driving building optimisation requires understanding the language of your assets. Maintenance contracts by their very nature will never be able to do this.

Analytics, advice and action that’s guaranteed to save money

CIM Environmental Group work proactively to optimise your building, improving the systems, identifying faults before they happen saving you money and improving tenant satisfaction.With no upfront costs, and no lock in contracts, if we don’t save you more than the cost of our services, we will work for free until we do.

Our most successful commercial building contract costs our client $3,800 per month and returns them savings between $15,000-$25,000 per month.

The PEAK Platform is technical hardware and software solution that:

  1. Collects masses of data from any building management system
  2. Transmits it to the cloud
  3. Analyses the data using artificial intelligent software
  4. Continuously works with your facility management teams to fix the stuff that breaks

Backed by a team of engineers and data scientists, we add a layer to your building management that doesn’t exist and help you to get more from your current maintenance contracts.CIM Environmental Group do this for the largest and most respected commercial, retail, hospitality and government property owners in Australia, saving them on average 11% of their total energy costs.

CIM Team
February 2, 2017