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    "We are at the beginning of a journey of discovery"

    Ton Fleuren director of Business Development Heijmans

    Any building can talk in one day

    For many building managers and facility managers, data is a new and valuable raw material, says Fleuren. Heijmans is currently gaining experience in various projects with the way in which this raw material can be used in practice. For example, at the National Military Museum in Soest, where Heijmans has been responsible for maintenance, management and operation since its opening at the end of 2014.

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    A great deal of information about a building can be obtained with sensor technology. Based on this, better decisions can be made about adjustments and improvements. According to Ton Fleuren, Director of Business Development at Heijmans, every building can now quickly and easily be made 'smart'. "The question is rather whether the organization is suitable for it."

    For many building and facility managers, data is a new and valuable raw material, says Fleuren. For example, at the National Military Museum in Soest, where Heijmans has been responsible for maintenance, management and operation since its opening at the end of 2014.

    In 2017 and 2018, the complex was equipped with 85 Beyond Eyes sensors. With this, Heijmans is now mapping out in detail the situation with the numbers and flows of visitors in the exhibition areas and the use of the various facilities, office spaces and rooms. By subsequently linking this data to the data from the building management system about, for example, indoor climate, lighting and energy supply, a detailed insight is obtained into the functioning of the building and the main possibilities for improving the building performance for users and visitors.

    During a meeting of Building Blocks with heads of municipal real estate, Heijmans showed in what detail data is collected and, above all, what can be done with it. “Based on the data we collect, the museum can be optimally designed for its users,” says Fleuren. “That is the result of the interaction of factual data, the processing thereof into information, the organization that takes the necessary steps and measures based on that information and the visitor who eventually notices that things are improving. After all, that's why we do it."

    Get rid of the gut feeling

    Soest was one of the first projects where Heijmans started working with its Beyond Eyes sensors. “It also feels a bit like our museum. Since we are here every day, it is the ideal place for us to try out these kinds of new initiatives. It is now clear that we are acquiring knowledge that was not there before. We are regularly surprised."

    For example, we have learned that technology is not the biggest challenge. “Retrieving data is complex, but in the end it doesn't mean much. That is just technology. We can make a building talk in a day. Converting data into useful information is a completely different story. You have to make sure that the data you collect is also the correct data. You must then be able to display that data in an environment that the user can understand: the dashboard. In it, the information must be served in accessible units. How long do the visitors stay on average? What is the effect on the hospitality industry? How do people walk and can we conclude from this about the parts of the museum that remain underexposed? And can you change that via line marking or boarding? If all goes well, data provides very valuable information that the user of the building can use. ”

    It prevents museums from being run from a gut feeling. “Because that still happens too often. Not just at museums, but almost everywhere. In buildings, action is often taken on the basis of: 'that is always the case' or 'we know what the hotspots are'. If you try to objectify that on the basis of data and something opposite comes out, then you see that something striking happens. Often people react negatively: the measurement is wrong. In other words, you have to dare to accept together that data can create a new reality. If you cannot place the outcome of sensor technology in your own head, then there is no point in getting started. Only when you really accept the findings can you learn from them and make your building function better. We still have to get used to that. ”

    At the beginning of a journey of discovery

    Fleuren is convinced that we are only at the beginning of development. “In that sense it is no less than a journey of discovery. We still know so little. We know what we have built, and thanks to the building management system we know how vital the building is and how it must be arranged. But how the office is experienced, how the workplaces, the stairwells, the toilets are used: most of the people have no idea. ”

    There are real estate parties who, before they start building or renovating, first want to know how the real estate is being used now. “Then you see that they use students to do a count during a certain period. But that's just a snapshot. This does not reveal the patterns in use. Are there too few meeting rooms? On the basis of data, you can conclude that, for example, although transfers are made on Mondays, 35 percent of that reserved space is ultimately not used at all. You get that kind of objective knowledge from data. And that knowledge ensures that you can make better decisions. ”

    There are real estate parties who, before they start building or renovating, first want to know how the real estate is being used now. “Then you see that they use students to do a count during a certain period. But that's just a snapshot. This does not reveal the patterns in use. Are there too few meeting rooms? On the basis of data, you can conclude that, for example (although transfers are made on Mondays) 35 percent of that reserved space is ultimately not used at all. You get that kind of objective knowledge from data. And that knowledge ensures that you can make better decisions. ”

    The right mindset

    Fleuren is convinced that every building is suitable for sensor technology. “The question is much more: is every organization suitable for it? You need to have the right mindset. For building owners who indicate in advance that they want to stick to their own plans, sensor technology has no added value. For organizations that are convinced that this data helps in strategic development, no building is a barrier. The obstacle is always in people and never in technology. ”

    And not in the costs either. “If someone immediately says: we have no money, then you are also immediately done. Too many organizations think in euros and not in value creation. If you can make the building function better based on data, so that people who use it feel better about themselves, absenteeism decreases and job satisfaction increases, then you are talking about much more than the costs involved in the technology. . Organizations that realize this are ready to get started. ”

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