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plus checks and balances during progression. These construction approaches
often negate operational considerations
focusing on delivery schedules and construction budgets. System interrelation
is typically not full addressed often
resulting in such "features" as two or
more controls system. Let's consider
that quickly. Two controls systems, the
automation that controls equipment
operation but due to specialization of
equipment, suppliers, and contractors
including construction divisional breakdowns, multiple platforms emerge. Yes,
there's now a "universal language" that
allow these computers to talk but hold
any inside industry professional under
a bright light and they'll admit that this
"universal" part isn't always so universal.
So that's what got us where we are: we
inherited a unique set of circumstances.
Our SOPs have to take that into consideration. Things like having your ice
rink resurfacer room located in the
middle of the building with no external
access with an undersized snow melt pit.
That's a constraint, and, yes, sadly I've
seen this one.

This week I was meeting with a client who operates a twin-pad arena. The
purpose of the meeting with their facility
team and senior management was to
explain the constraints I observed and
discuss the need to move them to something more operationally efficient. For
this client, if they want to know about
the operation of the refrigeration plant
(beyond the log book gauges), they need
to exit the plant room, walk to the other
side of the building to the operations
office and log into the refrigeration controls computer. So now they can see
their actual ice temperature. This is the
delivered product as is the arena environment. To find out what the actual
arena zone temperature and humidity at
this same time, they have to walk back
across the building to the refrigeration
room (the one they just left) and open
a controls cabinet, open an inner cabinet door, remove the laptop and open
it to see these items displayed. Now, as
you can imagine, the description of this
SOP brought horror to the eyes of senior
management, while the building operations staff explained, "That's just how it's

LAS is committed to
helping our customers

always been." Which is exactly the point,
it's not productive to debate and discuss
what could have been done better. It has
always been that way. It's an inherited
facility "feature."
So, when you've decided that you've
done all you can do to reduce energy
usage, consider what might be hiding
in your SOPs. In the case of this noted
client, it's challenging for the operations
team to access key and critical information. It is possible to access it, but it is
not operationally efficient. Recall how our
facilities are mostly at peak usage this
time of year. Add together busy plus a
culture of doing more with less and ask
yourself honestly if the operational difficulty results in these things getting less
"air time" in your day or even as a result
of the SOP. Having efficient and accurate
information allows building operations
to be more efficient and presents the
opportunity to turn systems from reasonably-efficient (also known as effective) to
highly efficient benefiting all involved.
SOPs that are geared towards inherited
facility features may be filled with opportunity for improvement.
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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
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 43
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Do You Have “Subjective or Objective Vertigo” from the New MOL Height Regulation?
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 45
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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