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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

California drought 2014

September was sort of a slow month asset management news but it was a good month to examine water infrastructure and the problems it is creating especially in hard hit drought areas such as California and Texas.

  • Is a USA Water Mafia Nearer Than We Think?: By Stuart Smith, MBA, MS., looks at the dark side approaching Cities and States with a poorly managed water system. It turns out I was right on the mark (see article below).
  • The Emergence of the Water Mafia U.S.A. Style: By Stuart Smith, MBA, MS., is an I told you so article but urges lawmakers and law enforcement to step up and start investing in the fix before things get out of control.
  • Water rationing hits California: limit of 50 gallons per person per day or face fines of $500: By Mike Adams, reports that strict water rationing is imminent, crops yields are near a state of collapse and lawmakers are trying to avoid the word rationing (which is just downright stupid in my opinion).
  • OSHA’s Top 10: Announced by Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014. The final report is to be published in December 2014.
  • Key changes to NFPA 13’s sprinkler system codes: By Tony Lamell, AIA, NCARB gives a list and a short description of the significant changes for NFPA 13: Standard for the installation of sprinkler systems that can affect construction if adopted by States.

Cable, Lodging, and Other Industry Stories

Cable Industry News

This month the trend continues to be the battle over net neutrality but also about how innovation is slowing due to legacy type systems similar to the problem facing the hospitality industry.

Lodging and Other Industries

Technology can be a double-edged sword. This is because technology or lack of can either help you or hurt you. This month’s articles reflect how technology is impacting hotels and hotel marketing.

If you have an interesting story that you would like mentioned, send the link to stuart.smith@mintek.com. Mintek reserves the right to select any and all content.