Facilities management (FM) refers to the strategic management and maintenance of an organisation’s physical assets, infrastructure, and spaces to ensure they are efficiently utilised, well-maintained, and aligned with the organisation’s goals and objectives.
The primary aim of facilities management is to create a safe, functional, and productive environment that supports the core activities of the organisation while optimising costs and resources.
FM encompasses a wide range of services and functions, and drones, have gained significant traction in the field of facilities management due to their versatility, cost-effectiveness, and ability to access difficult-to-reach areas, and as such can assist with facilities management in the following ways:
Provide aerial views of facilities, helping managers analyse and plan space utilisation. This is particularly useful for large campuses, warehouses, or outdoor spaces, allowing for better space optimisation.
Maintenance and Repairs:
Drones equipped with cameras can conduct visual inspections of rooftops, building facades, and other high or remote areas. This helps identify maintenance needs, such as leaks, cracks, or structural issues, without putting personnel at risk.
Health and Safety:
Used to inspect potentially hazardous areas, such as rooftops, confined spaces, or areas with structural damage, minimising the need for personnel to enter unsafe environments.
Equipped with cameras and thermal sensors, drones can enhance security by patrolling large areas, monitoring perimeters, and providing real-time surveillance feeds to security personnel.
Cleaning and Janitorial Services:
While not directly involved in cleaning, drones can assist in assessing the cleanliness of hard-to-reach areas, providing insights for cleaning crews and helping to maintain hygiene standards.
Drones equipped with thermal cameras can identify energy inefficiencies in buildings by detecting heat loss or areas with poor insulation. This helps prioritise energy-saving measures.
Budgeting and Cost Control:
Drones can assist in cost estimation for maintenance projects by providing accurate visual data, enabling more efficient budget planning.
Aerial data captured by drones can assist with emergency contingency planning, assisting to identify potential evacuation routes and RV points. During emergencies, drones provide real-time situational awareness by assessing the extent of the situation, locating individuals, or identifying safe routes for emergency services to the scene.