Ask The Expert Articles

Facility Management Guru Kevin Folsom is director of campus operations at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, TX. In this column, he fields all kinds of questions from other facility managers around the world.

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Tricks Of The Trade: Demand Response

What is it like to participate in a demand response program? Should facility managers prepare for any unwanted challenges or... ...Read More...

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Tricks Of The Trade: Career Advice In A Difficult Employment Climate

When the opportunity to transition from maintenance to management presents itself, what steps should a person take to be best... ...Read More...

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Tricks Of The Trade: Global Trends In Integrated Facilities Management

IFM is a very respected process; its practices and techniques should be learned fully. There is no short cut, and in most cases, an fm is simply passing through in the life of an organization; the person’s legacy is what is left behind for the next generation of career fm. So why isn't it widely practiced around the... ...Read More...

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Tricks Of The Trade: Vibration Analysis

Are there any existing studies that examine the issue of vibration analysis? I'm thinking about adopting a program and would appreciate... ...Read More...

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Tricks Of The Trade: Pond Marshes

How do facility management professionals address specific landscaping issues that deal with ponds and... ...Read More...

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Tricks Of The Trade: Data Management

Ideally, I would like to create a central deposit center to manage these systems with easy access. Do you know of a resource that would work with our many different operating systems (building and equipment) and compile this information in a central point for viewing and alarm... ...Read More...

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Tricks Of The Trade: Battery Operated Faucets

When making a decision regarding faucet selection for his facility, one manager struggles with battery life and maintenance questions. New "Tricks" Columnist Kevin Folsom helps... ...Read More...

Tricks Of The Trade: The Differences Between Aluminum And Copper

Jim Elledge scrutinizes the essential performance differences of these two materials. Former Tricks Columnist Elledge, facility/office services manager for Dallas, TX-based Summit Alliance Companies, is the recipient of the Distinguished Author Award from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), is an IFMA Fellow, and is a member of TFM’s Editorial Advisory... ...Read More...

Tricks Of The Trade: Following Up On HVAC Trends

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge assists a graduate student in need of the latest information on cutting edge HVAC technologies. Former Tricks Columnist Elledge, facility/office services manager for Dallas, TX-based Summit Alliance Companies, is the recipient of the Distinguished Author Award from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), is an IFMA Fellow, and is a member of TFM’s Editorial Advisory... ...Read More...

Tricks Of The Trade: Canadian Degrees

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge provides an overview of Canadian educational opportunities for facility management. Former Tricks Columnist Elledge, facility/office services manager for Dallas, TX-based Summit Alliance Companies, is the recipient of the Distinguished Author Award from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), is an IFMA Fellow, and is a member of TFM’s Editorial Advisory... ...Read More...