BMS must be integrated, experts say

Building Management Systems are not 'a band aid to solve bad design decisions'

Building Management Systems (BMS) are not “a band aid to solve bad design decisions,” said Burt Hill electrical department head Jeff Zacherl at the recent Construction Week Building Intelligence & Construction IT conference.

“BMS has to be integrated. It does not take responsibility away from designers.”

The one-day conference, held at the Westin Hotel in Dubai, gathered together industry experts to discuss the role of BMS in the construction industry.

With current market constraints and the tightened global financial market, BMS provides an ideal opportunity for the construction industry to cut costs and ramp up efficiencies considerably. the event's organiser said. BMS is also an ideal tool to be deployed by the construction industry as it comes to grip with Dubai’s pending new ‘green’ building regulations.

Yasir Qureshi from CISCO said that BMS enabled the construction industry to manage all its informational resources more effectively.

“Applying smart solutions like BMS can increase health and safety standards and increase profit margins. Basically what BMS leverages is connectivity across all building sites, together with communication and collaboration. It is the future, and it is here to stay,” he concluded.

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