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adjusted less investment by the supplier
It must be accepted that systems that
self-monitor and adjust equipment to maxis required thus helping to bring costs
imize performance are only as good as the
down. It is not uncommon for manufacoperators that understand and control the
turers to rush to the marketplace without
equipment's function. All too often, new
adequate pre-testing being performed.
technology is installed and staff are left
Asking where the facilities installation
to operate it as best they can with little
is in the actual development skew and
follow-up professional development. Many
working the information into the contract
times, the equipment is on cruise control
is reasonable management. It may be
without anyone even knowing if it's funcreasonable to request a 25 per cent (or
more) one-year holdback on the instaltioning properly or efficiently.
lation as part of the investment relationTrading speculative improved operaship. Approaching every opportunity as
tions and energy reduction savings for a
reliance on outside expertise to operate
the technology can quickly strip away
any projected savings. Not budgeting
for increased staff wages for ongoing
training or increased responsibility if
operations are kept inhouse is a comCO
mon shortfall, which often results in a
loss in efficiencies along with an increase
in staff turnover rates. "Any other duties
as assigned" in a job description should
not automatically imply "at the same
wage rate."
In addition, keeping pace with technology change is often difficult. Consider
NH3
a personal cell phone or desk top
computer and the constant advancements these technologies make that
often force required upgrades through
additional software, hardware or
training investment.
As a challenge, the next time you are
in the market for a new vehicle and you
view all the wonderful electronic options,
stop and ask the sales person what it888615_Critical.indd 1
costs to repair or replace any of these
high-tech options. For a reality check,
search the web to see how many vehicles
that are in no way aged can no longer
source parts. Technology quickly surpasses itself, which may leave those who
heavily invested in it out of luck.
Another common operational challenge is blended operations. Blended is
when buildings mix original equipment
with new. Technology is as only as good
as the person using it. Only when balanced with highly skilled operational
staff can any technology be effective.
Don't be fooled, as technology has
often proven itself to be more expensive then the projected savings. Often,
the first installations are the research
and development platforms for the
manufacturers and as the equipment is

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a sales pitch and with some skepticism
will always be a healthy part of the managerial decision-making process on any
significant purchase.
Being able to immediately monitor significant equipment malfunction, alarms
or environmental change has benefit.
What is often not tracked is what the real
costs are to these benefits. Often these
events can be controlled through proactive maintenance and life-cycle planning.
Remaining the master of technology, not
its servant, it must be the goal.
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Ron Sweet
905.420.8334
ron@cetci.com
www.critical-environment.com

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Facility Forum - Winter 2017

Technically Speaking
Celebrating Canada 150: City of Pickering Youth Forum, Student Mural
Safe Ice Resurfacer Operations Online
ORFA Professional Designations
Non-Traditional Ways to Commemorate
Slip and Fall in a Municipal Pool Change Room
ORFA Regional Training
A Case for Key Safety
Energy Champion – “Dealing with your Inheritance”
Recreation Facilities Asset Management (RFAM)
Social Media in 2017: How to Adapt to the Digital (and Visual) Age
ORFA Social Media Promo
Are Ontario’s Ice Rinks Safe?
Ice Arena Registered Refrigeration Plant Safety Bulletin
Ergonomics in the Recreation Facility Management Environment
Member Profile – Sheree Brame, Supervising Instructor Guard, Norfolk County Community Services
Do You Have “Subjective or Objective Vertigo” from the New MOL Height Regulation?
Index of Advertisers
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Intro
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - cover1
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - cover2
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 3
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 4
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 5
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 6
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 7
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 8
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Technically Speaking
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 10
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 11
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Celebrating Canada 150: City of Pickering Youth Forum, Student Mural
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 13
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 14
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 15
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Safe Ice Resurfacer Operations Online
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 17
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - ORFA Professional Designations
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Non-Traditional Ways to Commemorate
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 20
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 21
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 22
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Slip and Fall in a Municipal Pool Change Room
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 24
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 25
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - ORFA Regional Training
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - A Case for Key Safety
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 28
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Energy Champion – “Dealing with your Inheritance”
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 30
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 31
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Recreation Facilities Asset Management (RFAM)
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Social Media in 2017: How to Adapt to the Digital (and Visual) Age
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - ORFA Social Media Promo
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 35
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Are Ontario’s Ice Rinks Safe?
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 37
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Ice Arena Registered Refrigeration Plant Safety Bulletin
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 39
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Ergonomics in the Recreation Facility Management Environment
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 41
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Member Profile – Sheree Brame, Supervising Instructor Guard, Norfolk County Community Services
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Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Do You Have “Subjective or Objective Vertigo” from the New MOL Height Regulation?
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Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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