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Facility focus: Expert insights, future solutions at Facilities Management Seminar Theatre

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The Facilities Management Seminar Theatre, hosted at Facilities Management Expo is an excellent opportunity for market professionals to extend their knowledge on current trends and regulations within the FM sector.

Held with the co-located Securex South Africa, A-OSH EXPO, and Firexpo 2024 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand from 11 to 13 June 2024, the Facilities Management Expo is the premier destination for facility and building managers seeking products and services to optimise the efficiency of their facilities and maximise employee comfort and satisfaction.

“We are excited about the diversity and depth of the topics at this year’s Facilities Management Seminar Theatre. We have several well-known speakers who will share their experience and expertise by tackling current industry challenges and their solutions,” says Mark Anderson, Portfolio Director at Specialised Exhibitions, a division of Montgomery Group.

Johan Burger, vice chairman of SAFMA, said SAFMA regarded the partnership with Facilities Management Expo as highly beneficial to the FM industry.

“The expo gives those people working in the industry the opportunity to connect with not only the exhibitors who have a wide range of solutions available, but furthermore with SAFMA, as we represent their interests and assist them in staying on top of what’s available to assist them in their quest for products and services that will make their facilities run smoother.”

“There is a fine balance between maintaining a building to suitable standards, and staying within budget as operational costs continue to rise. Customers have bigger expectations in terms of service, regulatory compliance, and budget constraints. We believe that technology enables these three factors to be met, and the FM Expo is the perfect platform to drive this. In addition, the Facilities Management Seminar Theatre is a wonderful forum for visitors to get a front seat to topical issues in the industry,” he said.

Learn more at the FM Seminar Theatre:

Day 1 (11 June) focuses on ‘Energy management, smart buildings, building automation, IoT, integrated facilities management, improving building systems and services. Some of the topics under discussion include:

  • Building sector energy in the age of decarbonisation, by Zadok Olinga — Oelinga.
  • Solar power and its importance in FM, by Mel Barends — Bayete Capital.
  • Sessions in the first half of the seminar theatre on 12 June focus on ‘All about facilities management’ and include:
  • Advancing your FM career through education, by Johann Eiselen — Academy for Facilities Management. 
  • PPPs for FMs by FMs — Getting down to the business of PPP’s for facilities managers, by John Samuel J — Maynard, and Wynand Dreyer — Project Dynamics.
  • Facilities strategies to enable positive experiences, by Mel Barends — Bayete Capital.

The second half of day 2 looks at ‘Asset management solutions’, with one of the talks discussing:

  • ‘The built environment — How do we keep up with developments in the field of asset lifecycle management?’ by Jan Myburgh — Engconomics.

The final day of the seminar theatre is entitled ‘Facilities management best practices, compliance, ESG and other matters’. Topics include:

  • Facility management & competency, by Chris Coetzee — OHSS.
  • Food waste solutions for facility managers — tailored solutions to suit your requirements and the needs of your clients, by Wayne Harpur — Urban Farms.
  • ESG within in facilities management, by Mel Barends — Bayete Capital.

Pre-register online to attend Facilities Management Expo 2024: https://tickets.tixsa.co.za/event/facilities-management-expo-south-africa-2024

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