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A Day in the Life of a Smart Building Operator: Unveiling the Power of Data

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Jason Pohl

In recent years, the term "smart building" has evolved from an industry buzzword to a tangible reality and an essential requirement in many places worldwide. These intelligent structures are redefining what it means to manage and operate a building. But what exactly does it entail to be a smart building operator, and how does it impact their day-to-day life? Let’s take a deep dive into the life of Building Operator, Jane Doe, as she navigates her way through the 101 Smart Building, showcasing the transformative power of an integrated building management and energy monitoring system built on an open platform.

Morning Arrival: Starting the Day with Data

Jane day begins at the cutting-edge 101 Smart Building. Unlike traditional building operators, Jane's starts with a comprehensive review of the property's data analytics. An integrated smart building platform empowers Jane to monitor key performance indicators (KPIs) such as energy consumption, temperature settings, and occupancy levels. This data-driven approach enables her to promptly detect any abnormalities or potential system faults, enabling her to address them before they escalate into major issues.

Maintenance and Monitoring: The Power of Predictive Analytics

One of the most significant benefits of managing a smart building is the ability to perform predictive maintenance. By collecting data from various sensors installed throughout the building, The platform can predict when a piece of equipment may fail enabling Jane to direct resources to fix the impending problem before it causes a disruption of service. This proactive approach is a major shift from the reactive maintenance typically seen in traditional buildings, where issues are addressed only after they have occurred.

For instance, a sensor on a building's boiler detects vibration and temperature fluctuations, . The smart building platform alerts Jane about a potential system failure. Thanks to this early warning, Jane promptly calls in contractors to fix the issue before it can affect the building's operations or cause more significant problems, and increased costs

Coordinating Contractors: Communication Made Simple

In a smart building, communication with contractors and service providers is streamlined through the integrated work order management system - Jane creates a work order directly in the smart building platform and assigns to the necessary contractors. When the contractors arrive to fix the boiler, Jane is immediately alerted via the access control system. Utilizing a two-way radio on the security camera, she efficiently communicates the problem with the crew before they even step out of the elevator, facilitating a swift resolution. The contractor completes the work order via a mobile app, and it automatically checks it off as complete in the smart building platform.

Optimizing Energy Consumption: The Role of Automated Demand Management (ADM)

As the building reaches peak operational hours, Jane's focus shifts to energy management. The smart building platform has learnt the buildings energy consumption habits and can predict when and where energy will be used based on the time of day. This allows the building to autonomously shed load where needed, or increase load in areas that need more power. Jane can check in periodically to monitor the buildings demand management protocols, and adjust where necessary to shift energy consumption. By reducing the time that Jane needs to spend monitoring energy management systems, she can streamline her operations to only focus on items that need human intervention

Lunchtime: Leveraging Smart Amenities

During lunchtime, Jane observes how the building's smart amenities contribute to a superior tenant experience. 101 Smart Building boasts sophisticated systems, including heat pumps, cooling towers, and high-speed elevators. Coupled with smart building services, these amenities make life easier for tenants and differentiate the property in a competitive market.

Jane continues her rounds by assessing the condition of the HVAC systems and checking air quality. By connecting the building's HVAC system to a cloud platform, Jane can remotely monitor conditions and adjust systems as needed, optimizing energy usage and maintaining consistent air quality.

Tenants also benefit from smart technology. With enhancements like smart thermostats and intelligent lighting controls, tenants can customize their workspaces, reduce energy costs, and remain comfortable within their environment. Jane also utilizes a facial recognition system to automate building entry points, further enhancing security for everyone in the building.

Afternoon Check-ins: Keeping an Eye on Everything

Post-lunch, Jane checks the building dashboard to monitor the implementation of the Automated Demand Management (ADM) protocols. This level of detail allows her to manage her team effectively and ensure smooth building operations.

Evening Wrap-up: Preparing for the Next Day

As the day winds down, Jane reviews the building's performance data before leaving. She ensures all systems are functioning correctly and that any issues raised during the day have been addressed via the work order management system. With the help of the smart building platform, Jane can leave for the day, knowing the building will continue to operate efficiently.

The Value of Smart Buildings

Being a smart building operator might sound complex, but with the right technology the benefits are undeniable. From predictive maintenance and energy optimization to improved tenant experiences, smart buildings offer a wealth of advantages. They significantly reduce operating expenses, improve energy efficiency, and lead to a better tenant experience. Ultimately, this results in a higher building valuation.

In essence, the role of a smart building operator goes beyond managing a building; it's about harnessing technology to create a more efficient, sustainable, and tenant-friendly environment. As the smart building trend becomes less of a trend and more of a requirement, the demand for skilled operators like Jane will only increase. Embracing smart building technologies is the way forward for a greener, more connected, and intelligent urban landscape.

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