Facility Management: Key Analytics Drive Informed Decisions

As facilities are built smarter, more secure, and more complex, the need for actionable data is more important than ever. Luckily, the pool of information and data available is also bigger and better than ever. Facility owners and managers can leverage automatically-collected information on energy usage, equipment condition, inventory and more. The challenge in this age of big data, however, is seamlessly marrying and integrating that data in order to eliminate error-prone manual processes while delivering useful information to key stakeholders. Analytics and advanced reporting can help.

By combining key data from these previously disparate sources, a company like NIKA can deliver a wide variety of analytics and reports based upon your needs. Examples include:

  • Equipment condition index across inventory
  • Identification of missed project opportunities or bundling opportunities
  • Synchronization between projects that span multiple years as identified
  • Manufacturer performance across inventory
  • Identification of maintenance performance outliers
  • Identification of maintenance best practices
  • Validation of assessment ratings

This is just a small sample of potential applications of facility analytics. You can also integrate energy reports and other facility data into the analytics environment for a full view of your facilities.

In addition to easy-to-use dashboards and one-click reports, you can build an environment where you can design your own reports on demand based on a huge number of available variables. Comprehensive analytics solutions can help you not only answer questions related to the current condition of equipment, but also give you information about where the equipment is used, how often, in what context, what is the performance overall, its maintenance history, and much more.

With a custom-designed analytics solution, you can also access information anywhere, any time, and any place. Based upon assigned administrative permissions, users can dictate virtually every aspect of their analytics delivery. A secure database repository can provide your data in a wide variety of file formats, various delivery methods, and with custom scheduling options.

Furthermore, enterprise reporting programs can provide error protection by identifying and highlighting outliers and anomalies to ensure that the data you are using is clean and accurate, since using erroneous data can have a measurable impact on budget and analysis down the road.

Analytics solutions can provide efficient, error-free analysis that will help you:

  • Make informed decisions previously based on hunches
  • Back up your recommendations based on accurate data
  • Access instant historical data
  • Aggregate data across the enterprise
  • Save time and reduce errors by eliminating manual data analysis

For more information on NIKA’s analytics and custom reporting solutions, contact our Enterprise Technology practice at 301.770.3520.


Energy and Water Master Planning Drives Efficiency and Resiliency

As the world works to promote energy conservation and efficiency objectives, governments are enacting comprehensive new programs and policies to ensure these goals are met. Corporations and government agencies alike face stringent regulations when building new facilities and retrofitting older ones to be sustainable and efficient. Energy and water master planning, including benchmarking and auditing, is a critical step in ensuring compliance. A licensed and certified energy management professional can help you maximize efficiency, minimize costs, and make a positive impact on environmental sustainability.

If your buildings and real property must comply with EPA ENERGY STAR standards or other federal, state or county mandates like Executive Order 13693, you may require energy benchmarking and energy audits, which qualify and quantify how building energy systems are performing. The results of such studies can help you generate energy purchasing strategies, identify and analyze energy and water efficiency measures that help you forecast for the future, develop facility improvement measures, and reduce utility costs.

A full-service energy or water master planning solution should also include energy and water performance analytics that provide granular or aggregated data about your building’s usage. These metrics result in advanced reporting as well as predictive modeling and graphical analysis of consumption and efficiency on a continuous basis. In addition to helping you predict energy consumption levels, utility bills, and life cycle costs, modeling can be a key method for evaluating the return on investment in green energy solutions, and ensuring resiliency and energy security by making your facility withstand unpredictable disasters. With key data at your fingertips, your organization will be better able to develop and implement ongoing commissioning plans for long-term savings related to energy and water usage.

Energy and water master planning is about more than just compliance; it helps you make practical improvements that save money and meet business objectives. NIKA’s expert engineers perform energy benchmarking, modeling, and audits tailored for complex and mission-critical buildings. With two decades of experience providing net-zero energy and water solutions, including combined heat and power (CHP), NIKA’s energy services team goes the extra mile to exceed expectations. Contact NIKA’s Energy Services practice at 301.770.3520 to learn more about this cost-saving service that helps you meet the increasingly complex regulations governing building energy and water use, and make smart decisions for a sustainable future.


A New Type of Malware Can Lock Power Plant Computers For Ransom

With incidences of large scale cybercrime on the rise, crafty hackers are constantly exploring new areas for criminal exploitation. Similarly, law enforcement organizations and educational institutions are doing their best to anticipate and prevent these attacks before they happen. A recent paper by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology suggests that critical infrastructure may be the next target of these cybercriminals. Hackers could exploit the computers that control building systems and either demand a ransom or inflict damage in order to cause disruption and chaos.

Click here to read a recent article by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai at Motherboard that details the potential dangers that industrial control systems will face in the near future.

Concerned about your building’s security? Contact NIKA’s Enterprise Technology specialists for more information about how you can protect your building, its systems and occupants from cyber threats.


Is Your Building Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks?

When people think of cybersecurity, they inevitably think about identity theft, strong passwords, national security and other common themes. What they might not consider, however, is the vulnerability of building systems and the potential damage a cyber attack could do. For government and commercial building owners alike, there are serious ramifications to this threat. Forbes contributor Benjamin Freas explores this unique cybersecurity topic in a new article:

“For several years, information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) have been converging. In commercial buildings, building automation systems (BASs) are trending toward more IT integration as building owners and facility managers see the value the technology creates. However, this increasing connection and interconnection of building systems also exposes them to malicious attacks from cyber criminals [continue reading]…”

Concerned about your building’s security? Contact NIKA’s Enterprise Technology specialists for more information about how you can protect your building, its systems and occupants from cyber threats.


How the TPP Could Hurt America’s Working Professionals

The Case Against Chapter 15 of the TPP

NIKA Executive Vice President Chip Denman has written an illuminating white paper that explores the potentially damaging effect of the TPP on U.S. subject matter experts (SMEs) and the companies that employ them. Specifically, this short paper examines how Chapter 15, which deals with government procurement, may reduce SME salaries and eliminate the competitive advantage that U.S. companies currently enjoy for lucrative federal government contracts.

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