GO! opts for the MCS company for the Facility Management Information System
GO! real estate consists of more than 1,000 school sites and 2.5 million m² of buildings. Energy consumption (gas, heating oil and electricity) amounts to EUR 31 million annually. The management of all these sites and buildings requires a great deal of expertise. This means that there are various internal and external parties involved in the implementation and management thereof. This requires an adapted management environment. In technical terms, this is called a Facility Management Information System (FMIS). It can support our educational network on a strategic and operational level. With impetus from the “integral planning” project, a facility management information system was purchased.
The task of supplying and implementing this was entrusted this summer to the MCS company, which is based in Antwerp. MCS is a Flemish software company that has been focusing on the development of a knowledge centre and supporting facility software since 1989. Implementing an FMIS is a major process, which requires many procedures, policy measures and methods. These must ensure that a major part of all parties involved will support the implementation of the FMIS.
MCS has developed the methodology based on best practice examples. In this way, the Facilities Management Information System will be applied step by step. Real estate hasn’t been limited to simply putting bricks one on top of the other for years now. GO! wants to move from rather passive real estate management (where a solution is sought building by building) to more (pro-)active real estate management. This can be done by developing a strategic school-building policy and by implementing an FMIS.
A preparatory phase is currently underway, in which the emphasis is on both the technical composition of the system and the collection of data. Fragments of these data are often present in our organisation. Before certain data can be entered into the system, specific criteria on topicality, reliability, relevance, accessibility, etc. must be determined. A great many colleagues, both centrally and in the school groups, will be tasked with structuring this new digital environment and filling the database.
Perhaps you will also be involved in this process. The official kick-off of the project is schedule for mid-September, when multiple workshops will be organised to facilitate the roll-out of the project.
Edwin De Ceukelaire, Project Coordinator Integral Planning Team
Kris Christiaens, Project Leader FMIS