FM industry specialists share their experience at Facilities Management Seminar Theatre

Mark Anderson, Portfolio Director at Specialised Exhibitions — a division of Montgomery Group

by Tia

The facilities management sector continues to grow in both size and complexity, with technology playing a driving role in ensuring that facilities remain optimised and future proofed. The Facilities Management Seminar Theatre, hosted at Facilities Management Expo, is populated by insightful presentations that help facilities and building managers to create an efficient and employee-centred workplace.

“Visitors to Facilities Management Expo 2024, which is co-located with Securex South Africa, A-OSH EXPO, and Firexpo at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand from 11 to 13 June 2024, can enjoy trending topics from, seasoned FM specialists at the Facilities Management Seminar Theatre,” says Mark Anderson, Portfolio Director at Specialised Exhibitions — a division of Montgomery Group.

Deep dive into FM

The Facilities Management Seminar Theatre offers 19 sessions, beginning at 10:00 and ending at 15:00 on 11 and 12 June, and beginning at 10:00 and ending at 13:00 on 13 June. Here are some of the highlights visitors can look forward to:

  • ‘ESG within facilities management’, by Mel Barends — Bayete Capital. In difficult economic conditions, it is crucial to consider points many prefer to avoid. We must ask ourselves tough questions if we want to drive meaningful change and achieve ESG targets. Data analytics can play a key role in helping facilities managers meet ESG standards. By collecting, analysing, and interpreting data, facilities managers can gain insights into the performance of their facilities and identify areas that need improvement. This data can then be used to create reports that outline the facility’s ESG performance and highlight any areas that need attention. Additionally, data analytics can be used to assess the potential impact of new initiatives, such as energy efficiency projects or waste management initiatives, and ensure that they meet ESG standards.
  • ‘The built environment — How do we keep up with developments in the field of asset lifecycle management?’ by Jan Myburgh — Engconomics. The presentation will consider the current ‘state-of-the art’ of asset lifecycle management, and how such can be adopted by the built environment and infrastructure owners to either maintain the status quo of asset condition and service delivery; or achieve clearly visible improvement. Reference will be made to initiatives like Vision 2025 (SA Government) and its successors. This presentation will attempt to define an overall view of current and required asset management in the built environment; taking some complexities and constraints into account.
  • Facilities strategies to enable positive experiences, by Mel Barends — Bayete Capital. Facilities Managers have a critical role to play in enabling positive experiences. Organisations often overlook the fact that facilities management is central to setting and managing the scene for delivering exceptional customer experiences. The norm is that facilities management comes into play too late in the process to make a meaningful impact in enabling positive experiences for the end users within the facility. Smart organisations understand that their primary goal is to enhance the performance of their people. In a knowledge work economy, people are the engine that keep companies growing, adapting, improving, and innovating. Given today’s work processes, how can facilities management in the workplace better support human performance and enable a positive experience? How can the workplace support all the different activities involved with knowledge work — things like collaboration, creativity, innovation, deep thinking and mentorship?

The full seminar programme is available at, on a board outside the Facilities Management Seminar Theatre in Hall 3, and via a QR code in the Visitor Guide (distributed at the registration desk).

Organisations wishing to exhibit at Facilities Management Expo 2024 can contact the Facilities Management Expo team on to book a space or capitalise on a sponsorship opportunity.

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