Coventry University has partnered with Schneider Electric and Planon to upgrade its Engineering and Computing Building.
The work will help to effectively future proof the building, improving sustainability, asset resilience and occupant experience, while reducing operational costs.
“One of our main goals is to move away from reactive work, instead resolving issues before they affect our staff and students,” said Nasima Laming, business systems support officer at Coventry University. “Leveraging digital tools, we will monitor the condition of our campus plant and equipment proactively and get recommended actions, many of which we can automate for a smooth and seamless process. The additional aspects of course are the cost and energy savings we hope to benefit from.”
The solution involves the integration of two smart systems:
-Planon’s Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS), which enables facility managers to plan, execute and monitor all activities involved in reactive and planned preventative maintenance, space and move management, asset management, operational facility services, room reservations and other customer services.
-Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Building Advisor, a suite of analytic monitoring services that provides key insights into buildings’ operations by constantly monitoring systems and identifying faults to proactively address buildings’ inefficiencies.
The IWMS software automatically processes smart building diagnostics from Building Advisor to determine whether an action is needed. It can initiate a standardized workflow or highlight an issue for a manual decision by the facilities team by scheduling and dispatching the work to the field engineers’ mobile phones for execution, the companies said.
Marcel Groenenboom, CCO at Planon, added: “We always strive to provide the best possible solution to our customers and partners. By working with Schneider Electric and its smart building operating and analytics technology, we can bring new benefits to Coventry University. All three parties share a common vision on the role of digital technology and its contribution to creating safe, healthy, sustainable, and efficient data-driven buildings.”
“We are delighted to continue our collaboration with Planon and join forces to work on the project at Coventry University,” said Kas Mohammed, VP of digital energy at Schneider Electric. “Buildings of the future must be sustainable, hyper-efficient, resilient, and people focused. The Covid-19 pandemic has added a new dimension to this shift: buildings must support resiliency and continuity. The university clearly understands the need to future-proof its buildings, as it strives to provide the best possible environment for occupants.”