Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 9

TECHNICALLY SPEAKING

Facility Technology is Only

as Good as its Master

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By Terry Piche, CRFP, CIT, Technical Director, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association
Ontario for having certified refrigeration
plant operators from 100hp to 200hp.
Today, most recreation operations are
under some level of technological surveillance. In the beginning, there was
a good balance between human ability
and technological support, however, the
reliance on technology has outpaced the
requirement of having skilled human
operators. Some may view this as an
operational cost savings opportunity but
most often, the savings are redirected
to compensate outside expertise and
increased operational costs to operate and maintain the new technology.
Regulation wise, the obligation to have
skilled staff on hand to take control of
equipment should technology fail has
not changed. Competent workers are still
required, just not always in place. This
operational decision is often only called
into question after a significant event.

Future facility management will need
to continually embrace changing technologies, however, the true challenge
will be to assess and determine what
are legally obligated to be installed; what
the best long-term non-regulated technological investments for the operation
will be and; what the actual short and
long-term operational impacts of these
decisions are.
There are benefits of being able to
monitor facility operations remotely and
adjusting to change is exciting. However,
one must be cautious to ensure a proper
work-life-balance is maintained. Often,
technology creeps into an operator's
personal time and does not allow key
staff to really disconnect from work.
Sometime in the future, regulation
will catch-up to this way of conducting
unpaid work. Until then this must be
properly managed.

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ot so long ago, the
most
adva nced
technology in every
ice arena was an
artificial ice plant.
This progression
moved the industry from reliance on Mother Nature to
having mechanical control of an indoor
skating environment.
The early refrigeration equipment
required ongoing visual monitoring of
general operations of equipment, liquid levels and pressures. This evolved
to the safety devices found in today's
plant room. The result was that the industry moved from physically monitoring
the plant to monitoring safety devices
and equipment operations - this did not
require as heavy a physical presence.
These changes were contributing factors
of raising the regulated requirements in

Technology does not just save - it costs.
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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
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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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