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AI for Facilities Management

07/01/2021

Studio Victoria

4 minutes

In this article we carry on the topic of Artificial Intelligence. We have already covered Ai for Construction and AI for Property Development and in this article we will be exploring Artificial Intelligence for the Facilities Management Industry by answering the following question: How can Artificial Intelligence benefit the Facilities Management Industry? Keep reading to find out how Artificial Intelligence technology for the Facilities Management Industry can help you to #ONEUPYOURBUSINESS!

HOW CAN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE BENEFIT THE FACILITIES MANAGEMENT INDUSTRY?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is helping industries in a variety of ways because it presents immense benefits. Currently it is being integrated into technologies and structures in the built environment which provides buildings with intelligent automation and improvement on routine processes such as maintenance, lighting, and even parking.

As AI can process large amounts of data, learn from experience, and recognise patterns in data, the Facility Management Industry can improve workflows with AI's capabilities to automate tasks. Below, we take a further look at how AI can benefit the Facilities Management Industry:

  • Monitors and measures energy usage: AI can process a complex set of calculations to produce a building's performance model and automate them. The weather and building occupancy can be used to gather energy consumption estimates allowing Facility Managers to more accurately determine a building energy usage before and after a retrofit
  • Predicts faults and maintenance: Due to AI being able to process huge amounts of data and having the ability to identify trends and patterns this can help the Facilities Management Industry to determine when a repair or malfunction is near to prevent breakdowns. AI can interpret all historical data on asset failures, requirements and services offering the ability to predict faults and maintenance which can reduce downtime, unexpected equipment outages and save money
  • Enhances productivity, efficiency and safety: Drones can be used to complete tasks that could be potentially dangerous for humans to conduct despite the weather conditions. For example, if a natural disaster occurs such as an earthquake, a drone can be sent to assess the damage and see what repairs need doing, enhancing the safety, productivity and efficiency of the workers
  • Improves space planning: AI can offer information for space planning by collecting data from sensors that can estimate a building's occupancy. Unused space could potentially be a costly issue and so can reducing the amount of space or increasing the occupancy and therefore, sensors can help predict the demand for space at all times offering insightful data to facilitate space planning and prevent any issues that may occur
  • Improves cleaning schedules: Leading on from sensors being able to facilitate in space planning, AI can also help predict when spaces need cleaning and generate cleaning schedules to spaces that are busy and that are being frequently used. This allows for spaces to be cleaned only when needed. The Edge in Amsterdam has already adapted to using data-driven sensors which allows the staff to access the data to plan their own activities and assign staff to specific spaces based on the information provided
  • Enhances security: AI technology can be used to enhance security on buildings both indoors and outdoors. For instance, facial, retina or fingerprint recognition technology can prevent unauthorised people gaining access to the building or spaces within the building. It can make sure only the correct people are entering and exiting the building by learning your clients and employees features enhancing your security and making sure there is no unauthorised access

WHAT SOLUTIONS DO WE OFFER FOR THE FACILITIES MANAGEMENT INDUSTRY?

Adopting AI into the Facilities Management Industry can accelerate processes, decrease energy consumption, reduce costs, and streamline workflows to be more productive, efficient and safer. As a result, we offer a range of solutions tailored to the Facilities Management Industry to provide your business with the opportunity to be at the forefront of technology.

  • Data analysis: we process the data that has been captured and aggregate it to your specific specifications, preparing the data for a multitude of presentation formats and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Data acquisition: all our drones have a variety of equipment such as: thermal, visual, multispectral sensors, and laser scanners. This enables us to capture millions of data points of your assets and verify that you have all the data that you need and require
  • 3D Modelling: we can produce highly detailed and accurate 3D representations of your assets e.g., land, buildings, properties and ease visualisation and provide full integration with GIS and BIM
  • Data-driven Digital Twins: We offer visualisation and reporting capabilities by combining the information collected by any sensor or device with our extremely accurate Digital Twins. We can deliver detailed 3D models of the land to ease 3D visualisations with our RTK-enabled drones
  • Bespoke Software Development: we can create custom between your systems and any third-party sensors through collecting the data and displaying it as real-time interactive applications
  • Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality: we can integrate our precise and highly detailed 3D Models with Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technology to provide an optimised user experience and new points of view

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