Keeping a lookout for technology, regulatory and industry trends can help you identify opportunities and problems for your own organization. This type of information can also provide valuable insights for better asset, facility and maintenance management.
This monthly brief will share some of the articles and tips (including our own) that may influence your organization’s asset, facility and maintenance management decision making.
Top Asset Management, Facility and Maintenance News
After a break to focus on our new website, I found myself with a lot of reading to do in order to catch up. Not surprisingly, I see a lot of the same old type of stories talking about the same old issues.
The issues that seem to gather the most attention lately (and rightfully so) are: The growing skills gap, environmental disasters resulting from poor or negligent maintenance and the facilities used for the 2014 World Cup.
The most interesting of them are as follows:
- World Cup 2014
- Analysis: Brazil Scrambles to Get Ready as World Cup Looms: There are many reasons why experts have described Brazil’s preparations as horrendous. This article highlights the infrastructure, social and economic concerns surrounding the preparations.
- 2014 Fifa World Cup: Where are the 12 host stadiums in Brazil?: The low down on all the sport facilities to be used during the World Cup.
- U.S. Green Building Council Announces LEED Certification for World Cup Stadiums: Interesting because not all the stadiums were ready just days before the competition began.
- World Cup 2014: Sao Paulo Stadium still doesn’t meet British safety standards less than 72 hours before hosting Brazil v Croatia: Electricians and carpenters were still frantically trying to complete work just before the first game.
- Maintenance Crisis
Joel Leonard has been a longtime advocate of making people aware of the shortage of maintenance professionals, now it seems it is finally getting a little more attention.
- Why the Manufacturing Skills Gap Is Serious: According to Manpower Group’s latest “Talent Shortage Survey,” skilled trades positions are the most difficult to fill, and have ranked #1 for the past four years.
- Manufacturing and the Skills Crisis: An explanation describing the modern skills crisis issues.
- How National Guard members and veterans can help close the Skills Gap in manufacturing: Could veterans be the key to addressing the maintenance skills gap?
- Maintenance and the environment:
Some issues seem be around forever and it always seems that is the same industries. It is a shame that profits are put ahead of safety and doing the right thing. I wish I could list all the articles about the oil and gas industry but here are the highlights.
- W.Va. Chemical Spill Company Facing More Violations: Hmmm, reap the profit, file for bankruptcy when something goes wrong and don’t comply with judicial orders.
- Facts On Fracking, Pros & Cons of Hydraulic Fracturing For Natural Gas (Infographic): Graphic is an excellent description of the fracking process, why it is being used and the potential dangers.
- Feds Not Inspecting 4 in 10 Higher-Risk Wells: The Bureau of Land Management is overwhelmed by new drilling ops close to national forest and fragile watersheds.
Cable, Lodging, and Other Industry Stories
Cable Industry News
The biggest news in the cable industry is the Supreme Court ruling against Aereo. The link below is the actual Supreme Court decision.
- AMERICAN BROADCASTING COS., INC., ET AL. v. AEREO, INC., FKA BAMBOOM LABS, INC.: This is the actual Supreme Court document for the Aereo decision.
- A Letter to Our Consumers: Standing Together for Innovation, Progress and Technology – An Update on Aereo: Aereo CEO, Chet Kanajia announces that Aereo is ceasing operations shortly after the Supreme Court’s decision.
- World Cup Nears 5 Million Digital Viewers in the U.S.: The World Cup is the most popular sporting event in the world and a goldmine for cable operators. It also shows us how viewing sports has forever changed.
Lodging and Other Industries
From an asset management perspective, hotels and lodging industry are pretty much in a wait and see mode. The long awaited ASHRAE guidlines for hotel water systems is due later this year as are the international building codes.
- Hotel Industry Comments On U.S. Supreme Court NLRB Ruling: The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) comments on the recent Supreme Court ruling declaring the President’s “recess” appointment to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as unconstitutional.
- Hotels don’t need CO alarms, new rules say: New International building and fire codes expected to be published this summer are more lax than many existing laws.
- Testing the Waters 2014: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches: Type in your zip code and find out the beach water quality.
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