As a result, PPS can now quickly and accurately identify locations where structural updates are required within classrooms, increase the speed at which schools fix broken lights, pipes and other infrastructure, and predict when general repairs are needed. For example, if a water main breaks in one of the schools, the system automatically alerts the maintenance department about the location and type of problem, enabling a quick response with the appropriate tools for repairs. The increased awareness about repairs across the 81 schools in the district has enabled PPS to reduce facilities management costs by 15 percent while improving speed of modernization by 46 percent.
"Updating our campus facilities is a significant priority for the district, but the time and resources required to do this effectively can be demanding," said Andy Fridley, Data Analyst of Portland Public Schools. "By finding a quick and efficient way to identify and predict which areas on campus require attention, we're able to fast-track our modernization efforts while also achieving cost savings on reactive maintenance."
Clark County School District Works with IBM to Increase Staff Efficiency IBM's smarter buildings technology can provide any system with the analytics capability for predictive maintenance, but it also provides the tools to help staff make smarter, more efficient decisions. That's what Clark County School District in Las Vegas was looking for when they chose IBM to help update their outdated maintenance systems and practices. As the fifth largest school district in the country, CCSD is responsible for operating safe and efficient schools across 36 million square feet of building space. IBM Maximo software allows the district to prioritize, respond to and repair more than 110,000 work orders generated each year at CCSD's 392 schools and administrative buildings, across 8,000 square miles.
Analytics also give CCSD the insights needed to predict and prevent future maintenance issues. During one instance, the school noticed a slight change in usage of one building's heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. This fluctuation was analyzed against normal usage and an alert about the abnormality was sent to staff, preventing a massive electrical issue that would have caused thousands of students to be transferred.
"IBM's software enabled Clark County to go from just reacting to emergency work orders to making data-driven, even predictive decisions on maintenance requests," said Cynthia Atterberry, Work Management Coordinator, Clark County School District. "This allows us to provide a safer and more efficient environment for our 310,000 students, because in some cases we are able to get ahead of repairs before they are needed or a crisis situation arises."
CCSD is using IBM's Smarter Buildings software to gain visibility across its entire 8,000 square mile district. As a result, they significantly increased the percentage of actual billable hours spent on campus improvements and repairs - from 34 percent to more than 50 percent.
IBM Smarter Buildings technology includes IBM TRIRIGA and IBM Maximo software. The solutions improve the operational, financial and environmental performance of real estate assets and operations. The software also provides a comprehensive suite of applications to manage the real estate lifecycle of an organization with pre-defined management processes and extensive Web-based configuration management tools.
IBM's strategy is to seamlessly integrate technology into the world around us to drive greater intelligence on this Smarter Planet. The world around us is changing, and technology is no longer a siloed area, but a fundamental element to the growth and success of every business. Everything from buildings, to transportation systems, manufacturing, healthcare and cities themselves are becoming smarter. Launched in 2008, IBM Smarter Planet has been focused on driving this next era of information technology and its impact on business and society.
IBM Smarter Education Smarter Buildings is part of IBM's Smarter Education portfolio of solutions for K-12 schools and higher education institutions. IBM's efforts with education are focused on improving student success, enabling teacher effectiveness, enhancing operational efficiency and accelerating innovation. We partner with institutions to apply advanced technology - such as predictive and prescriptive analytics, cloud computing, mobility and collaboration - to address the challenges facing the education industry. Through our consulting services, IBM works with states, regions and countries to align educational systems with employer, workforce and economic development goals to build the skills and citizens for tomorrow's world.
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