I am excited to announce a series of Trimble Real Estate sponsored articles – themed “Put down the hammer, and start dancing” – on the ‘new’ normal and the role of technology during the pandemic in the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution.
The first article and introduction to the series uses this metaphor of the hammer, the lockdown of a country’s population for almost two months which each city is lifting today in our Response to Covid-19. During this time while shutting buildings down, we are also preparing for the ‘dances’ we have to choreograph for the next two phases, Recovery and Resilience.
These dances are a collaborative effort by what CoreNet would call the ‘dream team’, of FM, CRE, HR, IT with the C-suite. These dance moves are designed due to our new requirements for social distancing, testing, new concepts for space planning and for physical and financial scenario planning. They are often quite complex as those dance moves of modern dancers, but these need to be created using the tools of our new era being the one of the 4th Industrial Revolution. This is a concept of Karl Schwab, the host of the World Economic Forum every year, he presented in Davos, Switzerland in 2015.
Schwab named 12 technologies which he thought were going to revolutionize our world and this may happen sooner rather than later, as we now have the heightened opportunity to deploy big data, the Internet of Things (IoT), virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence and machine learning and we would add, Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS) and building information models (3D) in our dance of rethinking and reopening the workplace in this new era.
The next article in this series will focus on the response stage and the need to focus on scenario planning and operational management of real estate, covering topics from seating scenarios and new workspace configurations to facility restrictions and visitor management.
If you have an immediate need to address the unique workplace planning and management challenges created by Covid-19, please contact the Trimble Manhattan team at email@example.com for a demo or more information.
Nancy Sanquist, Resident Writer
Nancy Sanquist is an IFMA Fellow, an AIA Associate, and is currently Chair of the IFMA Foundation Board of Trustees. Nancy has been in the real estate and facility management technology business for three decades; she has spoken at industry conferences all over the world. She is a well-known author and editor, including two IFMA Foundation books, Work on the Move (2014) and Work on the Move (2) (2016). Nancy formerly worked as an academic professor in art and architecture (UCLA; Lafayette and Muhlenberg Colleges), as a historic preservation urban planner (Easton, Pennsylvania), and as an urban revitalization consultant (Hollywood Revitalization, Los Angeles).
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