Education Arena Sessions

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World Workplace provides learning opportunities around every corner to help elevate your knowledge in FM. The expo’s Education Arena features insights into current and future trends, solutions to workplace challenges, tips for heightening efficiencies and tool-and-tech how-to’s.
All Education Arena sessions will be held in the Education Arena booth 118 in the World Workplace Expo Hall.

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Wednesday, October 27

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Tips for Designing Agile Commercial Interior Spaces in a World of Fixed Assets
Presenter: Steve Batchelder, Director of Sales, Connectrac®, a brand of Legrand®

Today’s office environment requires more agility and adaptability than in any previous decade.  The list of changes occurring are constantly evolving, but they all require being free and untethered from the building.  This course will examine how a designer accounts for the technological needs like power/data for these areas when the fixed assets, like the older building and power infrastructure, were built to handle a historically attached world.  The new technological requirements will be measured, and a variety of solutions will be examined to assist designers with these modern challenges.

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Better Planning for Todays Unknowns
Presenter: Mindy Butler, Strategic Customer Manager, Sunbelt Rentals

Dealing uncertainty: power interruptions, air quality and more, how to better prepare for the unknown.

11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Exclusion: Protecting Your Facility’s Largest Areas of Exposure
Presenter: Troy Bergum, Sales Manager, Xcluder

Xcluder’s Troy Bergum reveals facilities’ greatest vulnerabilities—to rodents and other external contaminants—and provides solutions for proactively and comprehensively protecting people, structures, and products.

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Better Strategic Capital Planning
Presenter: Robert Thomas, AkitaBox

When it comes to building capital budgets for your organization, how often is facilities at the top of the list of priorities? If you answered “never” you certainly aren’t alone.

Facilities are expensive to maintain and can often be lumped in with other cost line items you need to approve. Seen through this lens, it is easy to understand why they have historically struggled to make it to the top of the strategic capital planning priority list

While capital planning for facilities typically is full of uncertainty, outdated data, and assumptions, it doesn’t have to be that way. Getting this process right is especially critical now as buildings that have sat vacant for a year begin to ramp up, where the impacts of deferred maintenance and capital projects will start to be felt.

Join us as we cover:

  • Ways that cutting edge organizations are building more accurate capital budgets
  • How advanced technology such as IoT and AI play a role in the future of capital planning
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
An IWMS that Delivers a Fully Connected Workplace
Presenter: Chris Stodola, Nuvolo

The term IWMS has been around for a long time, but no one system (until now) ever delivered on the promise of being a fully integrated workplace management tool. Most IWMS were created through acquisitions, unstable integrations, and bolted on tools. Nuvolo is built on a single connected platform and is designed by industry experts and customers around the connected workplace vision.

Created to manage the full real estate lifecycle, it provides one place for business units to collaborate. Sharing work orders, assets, projects, invoices, contracts, workflows and more throughout your facilities and workplace departments not only gets work done faster but also gives you the data for sound capacity planning and operating expense savings.

Join this presentation to learn how effective the Connected Workplace is, including a product demonstration.

2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Building Safe Entrances and Walkways
Presenter: Alison Hainsey, Strategic Business Development

First impressions are important, and it feels good when you walk into a place of business that is clean, well designed and well managed. But it’s not only about how your business looks. You also need to think about the potential safety liabilities to your employees and the public, as well as the associated costs of slip, trip and fall accidents — at your entrance and beyond. 

Keeping floors safe requires more thought than tossing a 3’ x 5’ wrinkled commercial entrance mat inside the doorway – especially when it rains or snows. To be effective, entrance matting needs to be of a sufficient length and size to remove liquids and trap dirt before people walk off it.


Join us for this informative workshop, as we walk the audience through their process for determining the right type of matting coverage and other best practices to keep your building clean, dry and accident-free.

Thursday, October 28

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
The Digital Transformation of FM: What Every Facility Manager Needs to Know
Presenter: Darlene Pope, President, North America, Planon

Facilities are becoming much more data-driven, providing deeper operational insights and business intelligence.  Learning how to collect, report, analyze, and interpret facility data is a critical skillset for today’s facility management professional.  And as workplaces become “smarter” through system integration and automation – and more and more data is collected — the ability to effectively manage and understand what that data means for your facilities is critical.  Learn what digital transformation means to facility management and how it impacts everything from energy management and sustainability to integrated services and customer experience.

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Professionalizing the Hybrid Workplace Transformation
David Karpook, Vice President Operations, North America, Planon
Erik Jaspers, Global Product Strategy & Innovation, Planon

Over the past 2 years, the workplace has undergone transformation at an unprecedented pace. Fueled by the COVID pandemic, many organizations have adjusted their operations to deal with the risk of infection. Keeping the workforces safe has been paramount. As many trend watchers and workplace strategists rightfully state, the pandemic significantly accelerated workplace developments by several years.

But what are these transformations really? And what do they imply for facilities planning, management and operations? How can new hybrid workplace models provide for enhanced resilience? How can we “professionalize” the hybrid workplace to ensure health, safety, and efficient, uninterrupted business operations, as we do in the traditional workplace? And what does that imply for workplace information systems?

In this session we will review the major lessons from the 2 years that we’ve just experienced, and provide practical solutions for managing the hybrid environment.

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Stop the Spread: Improve IAQ & Protect Building Occupants from Airborne Microbes Using UV Air Disinfection
Presenter: Eric Nelson, Environmental Application Engineer, Heraeus Noblelight America LLC

The COVID-19 pandemic showed how easily airborne viruses and other microbes can spread among occupants in offices, education, healthcare, hotel, manufacturing and especially residential senior care facilities and similar other indoor environments. As a result, facility managers, building owners, and HVAC engineers need to find reliable and cost effective ways to protect building occupants and avoid business disruption. Attendees will learn how to improve indoor air quality and protect building occupants from coronavirus, flu and other airborne viruses using ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI), also called UV-C, air disinfection technology. Understand how UVGI works, typical installations and applications, how UVGI compares to other air disinfection technologies, and hear success stories of actual UVGI air disinfection installations.

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