The term School Facility Management refers to the set of processes and tools that allow to optimize the management and maintenance practices aimed at buildings, structures, equipment and resources owned by a school.
As in the case of residential buildings (or those intended for production, work and recreational activities of any kind), school buildings, and all facilities and equipment contained therein, are subject to wear and tear and the effects of time, and require periodic maintenance in order to preserve their safety and functionality.
School Facility Management processes make it possible to respond effectively to this need because they offer a strategic and innovative approach to the management of school structures. These processes are based on the use of software and cloud platforms that help Facility Managers to:
- keep an inventory of school resources, specifying their location and conditions;
- assess which of these resources need to be repaired or replaced to minimise equipment loss;
- automatically schedule repairs and maintenance;
- generate and monitor work and service orders;
- keep track of equipment downtime;
- set up preventive maintenance programs;
- check the costs associated with maintenance;
- produce custom reports that offer detailed metrics on which to base future projects.
Among the potentialities of Facility Management, we also find the ability to integrate with Building Information Modeling. The use of properly realized BIM models allows you to manage even more effectively the construction and plant components of a building.