The final week of September marked the second KGS Buildings Client Council Summit, gathering together 25 power users of our Clockworks platform representing 15 organizations from across North America—double the size of the inaugural Client Council. The two-day workshop covered several key topics, including workflow, preventative maintenance, new construction commissioning and group breakout sessions to share ideas and best practices.
John F. Kennedy famously used the phrase “A rising tide lifts all boats,” which definitely rings true when looking at how facilities teams are leveraging one another to accelerate the adoption of Fault Detection and Diagnostics (FDD)— helping to operate buildings more efficiently, reduce maintenance costs, optimize manpower, and improve occupant comfort. Creating a forum for leaders in facilities management to collaborate on best practices using FDD has been the driving motivation in creating the Client Council.
One of the re-occurring themes of the summit was that facilities teams benefit from working with one another, both from a process and product standpoint.
Process-wise, the group shared success stories and best practices as well as advice on how to overcome challenges. Focused sessions included operations and maintenance workflow, driving energy projects, and leveraging FDD for commissioning on new construction to maximize warranty periods. Sophisticated FM/O&M organizations learning from one another helps further accelerate the adoption of FDD use cases—yielding quicker time-to-value and greater impact. A big theme was extending the use and therefore value of Clockworks into multiple parts of the FM organization. Some are heavily focused on Ongoing Commissioning and energy reduction, others more focused on enabling predictive maintenance.
Product-wise, council members got a first glimpse at the new Clockworks UI coming in 2020. The new UI will feature customizable dashboards with insightful visualizations and easier access to the information that’s most important to YOU as a user. Power users at the council provided invaluable input, sketching out visualizations and widgets that they would like to see in the new interface. The Clockworks SaaS-style deployment model enables such continuous innovation—meaning all users see the benefits of product updates immediately and that user feedback can directly influence what is built into the Clockworks of the future.
Removed from the grind of day-to-day operations, it was beneficial to step back and hear our partner organizations assess where they stand in their use of Clockworks, what they see as challenges and opportunities, and it was exciting to collectively envision the future. KGS is fortunate to have industry leaders driving Clockworks implementation programs at many of the nation’s leading companies, organizations and universities. As the technologies for delivery of FDD continues to advance at hyper-speed, Clockworks users will remain on the leading edge as they drive the next generation of facilities management—together.
The KGS Team
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