Programme

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The programme for ThinkFM 2018 will be announced in January 2018

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Technology, the Internet of Things, AI, robotics, big data – all have one thing in common in a facilities management context: they offer new solutions to challenges that the profession has faced since its inception.

The theme for ThinkFM 2017 was ‘FM in a Connected World’ and featured a programme of experts debating how the technological landscape is changing, and why the time to explore and use it to help advance FM delivery is now. Read more about the 2017 speakers in this FM World July 2017 feature.

Day 1
08 Jun 2017
08:30 - 09:10

Registration and morning networking

09:20 - 09:30

BIFM Chairman’s welcome

Conference host’s introduction

With a TV and radio career spanning more than 30 years, BBC broadcaster Maggie Philbin OBE is president of the Institute of Engineering Designers and co-founder and CEO of TeenTech,...
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Host: Maggie Philbin OBE
Day 1
08 Jun 2017

Panel session: How Technology Is Changing the Face of FM

Technology is transforming FM delivery and, with the rapid acceleration in the implementation of new technologies taking place (estimated to reach about 21billion connected devices by 2021 (Gartner)), it means...
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Jane Cooper
Lucy Jeynes
Reid Cunningham
Andrew Wilkinson

Will innovations for a sustainable built environment change FM?

The future is one of opportunity for facilities management and it can make a real, positive contribution to delivering a sustainable built environment. During his session, Dr Paul Toyne will...
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Dr Paul Toyne
10:45 - 11:10

Morning break

Day 1
08 Jun 2017

The Long Winding Road Towards Truly Intelligent Buildings

We are an ageing population that is rapidly urbanising and society needs better buildings to cope with these demographic changes. James McHale will debate why it is simply not feasible...
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James McHale

Please tell us what you think…Mr and Mrs Building!

Cognitive IoT enables buildings to learn how people use them, their preferences, how this influences energy consumption and the performance of assets. Based on this knowledge, the building can optimise...
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Dr Claire Penny

The Smart Occupier

What are the conditions for success to deliver the benefits of Smart Buildings? One facet is the need for ‘smart occupiers’. Colleagues David Langley and Robert Scopes will share Deloitte’s...
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Robert Scopes
David Langley

Q&A

Your opportunity to join the debate by asking questions of our morning speakers: James McHale, Dr Claire Penny, David Langley and Robert Scopes.
Robert Scopes
David Langley
Dr Claire Penny
James McHale
Day 1
08 Jun 2017
12:40 - 13:40

Lunch Break

Day 1
08 Jun 2017

Management requires measurement, but just how granular can it get?

It has never been more important to conserve natural resources and buildings have a big role to play in reducing water and energy use as well as providing a productive...
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Gary Atkinson

Transforming business with IoT

Through a series of case studies, Richard Tuke will look at how the Internet of Things has changes the way enterprises do business, both by saving costs and providing a...
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Richard Tuke

Facilities management in the Digital Age

Against the backdrop of a skills crisis in the engineering sector, Graeme Wright will look into how technologies will enable the facilities management sector and potentially revolutionise not just how...
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Graeme Wright

Q&A

Your opportunity to join the debate by asking questions of our afternoon speakers: Gary Atkinson, Graeme Wright and Richard Tuke.
Richard Tuke
Graeme Wright
Gary Atkinson
15:10 - 15:30

Afternoon break

The Workplace Advantage

Too often businesses focus on workplace performance by considering cost per square foot rather than revenue per square foot. And UK employees can tell. Only one in two agrees their...
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Julie Kortens
Polly Plunket-Checkemian
Day 1
08 Jun 2017

Keynote: People Analytics

Communication and information flow between co-workers are among the most crucial aspects of any business, but until today there hasn’t been any objective, scalable way to capture that information. Using...
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Keynote speaker: Ben Waber
Day 1
08 Jun 2017
16:25 - 16:30

BIFM closing address

Day 1
08 Jun 2017
16:30 - 17:50

Evening drinks reception

NB: Conference running order subject to change