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Building Blocks greatly simplifies the management and oversight of assets by organizing a centralized, facility-related database into manageable and cohesive information and reports. With minimal time and effort, managers and systems administrators can direct large, multi-facility sites, issue work orders, prioritize and schedule preventative maintenance, inspect the condition of assets and make educated decisions for the replacement of large capital expenditures. Integrated Building Blocks components supply the knowledge needed to support operational decision such as:
Building Blocks integrates business operations and ongoing maintenance with information technology to provide users with detailed analysis capabilities to support effective decision-making. The improved levels of accountability, productivity and efficiencies will provide managers with the knowledge to:
The essential components of any effective facility operations best practice model are comprehensive knowledge about the assets supported by effective processes and analysis tools. Building Blocks is structured to manage these three major elements: Assets, for the core information database; Operations, to support work flow and processes and Analysis, for decision support.
Assets - ‘Assets’ stores comprehensive and detailed information about facilities, building components, equipment and assets. Organizations identify the facility components and assets that are important to their ongoing effective operation. Information tracked about these elements in conjunction with built-in analysis and reporting then become the basis for good, sound facility decisions. The following list represents a small sampling of the challenges that ‘Assets’ can address:
A broad range of data fields allows an organization to capture the most critical information. Furthermore, asset information, cost, effective life, replacement year, warranty and lease information provides the foundation for accurate capital renewal and budgeting. Pictures and graphic images provide visual details.
**Operations ** - The ‘Operations’ center of Building Blocks provides the core process functions to ensure optimal asset management results. It provides tools for developing and tracking bid proposals and work orders as well as vendor and staff resources. With proactive planning, organizations can achieve time and cost savings by managing multiple work orders, the bid process, and vendor and staff resources in an organized, efficient process. Using the Preventative Maintenance functions, organizations can reduce reactive costly crisis repairs. A standard accreditation procedure ensures that vendors and staff are qualified to perform the work. Bids are automatically populated to ensure that vendors quote on current job specifications. A condition assessment process provides a formal approach to ongoing facility inspections. Using predefined standard ratings, an organization can implement a system of periodic assessments to identify and prioritize deteriorating conditions and take corrective action before expensive crisis repairs become necessary. Accurate facility inspection information further supports the capital improvement planning process by relying not only on the expected life of the asset, but real and current conditions.
Analysis- Building Blocks provides a variety of system-generated standard reports as well as a custom reporting feature. The reports provide an excellent source of comprehensive information that can aid managers and administrators in the decision-making process for strategic planning, capital improvement expenditures, inventory management, etc. The Report Writer, Crystal Reports Professional, also allows the user to define their own reports to meet their own specific needs. Data within the system can also be directly exported to many other desktop applications, such as accounting systems and also to HTML for publishing on a website.
Building Blocks creates an intelligent central source of information that provides the foundation for sound facility decisions. It:
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