May 15, 2019

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) observes the period from 01 June to 30 November as hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin. Typically, the peak period is mid-August through late-October. Both Accuweather and Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science Tropical Meteorology Project are calling for a near- normal hurricane season. What is normal? For 2019 that amounts to around 13 named storms with 5 becoming hurricanes and 2 becoming major (winds in excess...

April 23, 2019

While the recent fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris was catastrophic, it was not a catastrophe. Preplanning enabled the saving of most of the artifacts, including the reputed Crown of Thorns, and enabled the Paris fire brigade to quickly develop water sources. But, lack of proper planning for fire protection led to fire running the length and breadth of the timber framed vaulted roof and hence, a near catastrophe.  Photos provided through Reuters

The background…

At the time of the fire the cath...

April 2, 2019

I was recently credentialed as a Facility Management Professional (FMP) through the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).  To become an FMP, I had to show competency in four strategic areas:

-  Finance and Business

-  Project Management

-  Operations and Maintenance

-  Leadership and Strategy

While many of the techniques and practices are more pertinent to large facilities and portfolios of facilities - not our target market - there are many nuggets to be gleaned.  We have already beg...

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