The temperature this morning was a near a record low here in Florida. Instead of an 80-degree day we are looking at mid-60’s with a low near 50, Brrrrrrrrr (no laughter from the north where the snow is falling). However, the change in temperatures and the fact that we need to change our clocks back this weekend remind us that winter is only short time away.

The week has seen a number of natural disasters such as the volcano eruption in Indonesia, Hurricane Tomas as well as a couple of Tsunamis. The Tsunami’s captured my attention because of the longer term impact they are having on low lying cities in or around the South Pacific and Indian Ocean. As a result, this weeks most popular article of the week was titled What City Will Be The Next Atlantis?. We hope everyone had the opportunity to read our blogs and check out our website, but just in case you did not have the time to see our blogs and voter links as they were published, we have summarized them for you here. Please enjoy them and be sure to check back for new articles during the week. You can find a complete listing on the Mintek Blog.

1. What City Will Be The Next Atlantis?

Author: Stuart Smith

Natural disasters garner a lot of attention because they are usually sudden and catastrophic. But what about natural disasters that take decades to unfold? Numerous cities around the globe are in danger of being submersed as a result of rising sea levels and sediment compression. This article takes a look at the cause of sediment compression as well as what can be done to minimize damage using a CMMS.

Key Point: Groundwater pumping is the leading cause of sediment compression making it imperative that municipal utility companies stop leaks within their systems.

2. Last Chance to Enter Contest for a Free CMMS

Author: Stuart Smith

The opportunity to register your company for a free CMMS is closing quickly. This post was a reminder for facilities in need of help to enter Mintek’s CMMS contest for a free CMMS valued at over $23,000.

Key Point: Act now or cry later is you are still stuck in a manual maintenance environment or use an obsolete software package to help with maintenance activities.

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Read Relevant Articles That We Found Last Week

But wait there is more. We have found several more articles that you might find to be interesting on. The 5 best this week are:

1. Ensure CMMS data is good enough to trust

Author: David Berger, PE

David’s post focuses on an age old problem with facilities that make use of a CMMS. The problem is that if proper thought and care is not given into the setup of the system as well as ongoing data collection then the output used to examine expense variances, energy measurements, maintenance history etc. has little value. David goes onto to discuss how to approach getting better inputs.

Key Point: One of my favorite sayings – Garbage In = Garbage Out.

2. Building Codes Council Votes To Up Efficiency By 30%

Author: Heidi

Heidi’s summary post reported on the final hearings of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) which sets new standards for energy efficiency for commercial and residential buildings for 2012. Some of the more notable suggestions revolved around better preventive maintenance of areas that result in the greatest energy drains.

Key Point: “From the national economic perspective, efficient buildings will demonstrably reduce US energy consumption, which will help stabilize the price of energy to businesses and manufacturers, defer the need for new power plant construction and, by reducing the demand for energy, improve national energy security.”

3. Competitive advantage arises out of a focus on energy even when prices are low

Author: Peter Garforth

Peter’s article. expresses a concern that industries are losing sight of efficient energy management goals because fuel sources are in abundant supply. Good supplies keep energy cost stable resulting in less attention given to energy management. This is unfortunate because good energy management practices keep assets operating in optimal condition.

Key Point: If energy prices go back up, too many companies will be unprepared (poorly maintained assets) to adjust or react accordingly.

4. Reducing Your Three Biggest Variable Expenses – Your Energy, Water and Tax Bills

Author: Fraser Allport

This article takes a quick but effective look at how companies can address three of the larger expense variables, energy, water and taxes. The important aspects of the article are that companies looking to improve operations should be proactive and work with credible, established vendors.

Key Point: Good business decisions are made by the numbers. Make sure you have all the facts before making decisions that can impact your operations.

5. Not Missing a Beat Get It All Together For Plant Asset Optimization

Author: Gary Mintchell

A good lengthy article by Mr. Mintchell extolling the virtues of using an EAMwith Mobility devices in order to automate much of the work order lifecycle. Gary goes on to give examples of how understanding the workflow through an organization should drive the EAM and mobility decision making process.

Key Point: “It’s not just creating the work order, but the ability to minimize the amount of time it takes for someone to go out and look at a problem.”

What We Learned This Week

Regardless of whether you are a municipal utility manager or facilities manager, energy management goes beyond the confines of any individuals world. Good energy management will not only lower industrial costs but also lessen the impact in the global environment (sinking cities). Energy management is a global problem and special Kudos this week go to the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code hearings that continue to press forward with energy saving changes.