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FMUK July - August 2019 Contents


We’ve Got Our Beady Eyes On You...

A recent investigation by leading property security company, Clearway, has revealed alarming levels of non-compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came into force precisely one year ago on 25 May 2018, especially where the use of CCTV is concerned. The reasons for this worrying discovery were multiple, but appeared mainly to be because the management responsible hadn’t bothered to read all the Regulations in enough detail, don’t think they apply to them, are too lazy to comply with it all or simply don’t understand them.

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Japanese Knotweed – a growing problem for the modern FM

Adam Brindle, MD of The Grounds Care Group and Japanese Knotweed expert, explains the challenges faced by facilities managers in eradicating this most pesky of plants.

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Avoiding Detrimental Downtime

Unplanned downtime has always had a large impact on a number of industries and it’s no different for those dealing with Waste Environmental Technology. David Coleman, Operations Director of HSM UK, provides insight into why so many suffer from downtime and how to avoid it.

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The role of technology in public estate efficiency

New technologies and big data are providing facilities managers with powerful new tools to dramatically increase the efficiency of buildings. Below, Craig Smailes, Project Director at Kajima Partnerships, explores the implications of these capabilities for the UK’s public estate sector.

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Fire safety for your facility

When you’re running a business, the last thing you probably want is a fire alarm going off and interrupting your day. Most of the time it is an unwanted fire alarm or false alarm – but off chance that there is an actual fire, this can be hugely devastating. So devastating, in fact, that many businesses never manage to recover from the financial loss of the fire.

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Sky’s The Limit As Drones Take Inspection To New Heights

The evolution of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology has continued at a rapid pace in recent years, leading to the increased accessibility and adoption of drones across a wide ranges of industries and applications. Drones are particularly starting to play a revolutionary role within the inspection industry, as part of a new blended approach where advanced UAV technology is utilised alongside traditional on-site inspection practices.

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Making Waves in Water Innovation

Gary Sewell, Head of Product and Services, Clearwater Technology explores the latest innovations designed to help businesses, building owners and maintenance teams overcome their everyday water treatment challenges.

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Charcon’s Abbey Moor creates a striking entrance at Burlington Plaza

The requirement was for a high-end stone that would complement the corporate style of the headquarters’ existing architecture, and deliver a visual impact as staff and visitors approach the building. The project’s landscape architect, Cameo & Partners, needed a hard landscaping manufacturer that could deliver a high specification product within the project’s tight timescales, and approached Charcon, who recommended its Abbey Moor natural Yorkstone.

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