The Fundación Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has hosted its second edition of CIFMers LATAM, the International Congress of Facility Man, from November 28 to 30. The event, held in Latin America, brought together world experts from the sector and served as a communication platform between Facility Managers, suppliers, and associations.
The first day of the meeting was dedicated to the area of Services and Energy, in which the General Director of Relocations and Integral Management of Government Buildings of the Government of the city of Buenos Aires, Tamara Yoffe, hosted the opening ceremony.
"These types of events seem excellent to me since they allow us to have a global vision of all the implementations and of what is the integral support of the discipline from the own point of view of the Facility Management and of the Facility Managers that are operating in businesses everywhere," Yoffe highlighted.
The day continued with the first conference block and was moderated by Luciano Brunherotto, President of the Associação Brasileira de Facilities (ABRAFAC). In this block, Claudio Blum, from Cushman & Wakefield, spoke about what a Facility Manager should take into account, both in actions to be taken in renewable energies, and in the choice of a safe energy system. For its part, the president of the Green Building Council, Carlos Grinberg, spoke about Sustainable Construction. Finally, the general coordinator of the Argentine Chamber of Renewable Energies, Carolina Rodríguez, closed the block talking about her state in the region and the new regulations.
The second block was moderated by the representative of the Costa Rican Facility Management Association (ACFM), Julio Flores, a conference block in which Mauricio Deabate, from Veolia, spoke about efficiency in the energy value chain. Later, it would be the turn of the director of FMHOUSE, David Martínez, who explained how the Facility Manager is the basis of the structure of the department.
During the afternoon of this day, Workshop I of the transition to FM models dictated by David Martínez was held, which was at full capacity. To end this first day of CIFMers LATAM 2017, the gathering of associations was held where the different representatives of Latin America exchanged information with EuroFM chairman, Pekka Matvejeff, such as their ways of working and agreed to strengthen ties to work together.
The second day of the meeting, dedicated to Workplace and Technology, was inaugurated with a first conference block, moderated by the representative of the Uruguayan Maintenance Society (URUMAN), Pablo Panzacchi. The beginning of this block came from Facundo Gago, from JLL, who shared a study about the requirements of the employees with respect to the workspaces and the way of working. On the other hand, the head of Corporate Spaces of Banco Galicia, Martín Seijas, exposed the experience of the Plaza Galicia building and Fernando Lerici, of Thomson Reuters, finished this block with a talk in which he discussed flexibility in the workplace.
In the second block of this day, the moderator was the representative of the Latin American Facility Management Society (SLFM), Vanesa Pirani, with Leandro Elías, from Cavalieri, who spoke about the BMS centralized control systems. The Director of the BIM Specialization Course at the National University of Buenos Aires, Javier Nuñez, shared how the BIM methodology can be applied in the FM, and finally, the Director of Infrastructure and Rationalization of Real Estate of the Property Management Agency of the State, Carina Margarido, spoke about how to work to revalue and optimize the different offices of the National Public Administration.
Pekka closed the conference by naming the new ambassadors of EuroFM in LATAM, being the recognized ones with this title Lilyana Mejía from Bancolombia (Colombia), Karla Susana Shiva from the Peruvian Association of Facility Management (Peru) and Daniel Luna from the Mexican Association of Facility Management (Mexico).
The Congress continued with a successful workshop by Contract Workplaces, called La Experiencia en el Espacio de Trabajo, a challenge for the Facility Manager, which was led by Carolina Pérez, General Manager of Chile. The day ended with two presentations, on the one hand, Stan Mitchell, of ISO TC 267 Facilities Management, spoke on international standards in Facility Management, and on the other, the director of standardization and international relations of the Argentine Institute for Standardization and Certification, Osvaldo Petroni, from the portal for Argentine participation in ISO standardization over FM.
The finale of CIFMers LATAM 2017 was put on the third and last day of this event, with guided tours of the buildings of the Government House of Buenos Aires, carried out by Gastón Sánchez Alvarez, representative of the Infrastructure Management team of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, and the Torre AlRío, carried out by Verónica Voyatjian, representative of the Property Management team of Bowers & Simmons, resulting in both visits of great interest.
Argentina is experiencing a very strong growth in the Facility Management sector and this fact has been verified in CIFMers LATAM 2017 after the great interest and participation of the attendees who commented that more events of this type were necessary to strengthen the profession.
"Facility Management has a lack of dissemination and knowledge. People who do maintenance do not know many times that what they should be doing is FM since they are not able to recognize the differences between FM and maintenance. I myself have been looking for congresses like this one for years to inform myself and to be in contact with people of the sector, and I did not find in the country congresses to be held or meeting places that gather the people who work in this sector. This is my first experience in this type of events, so I think what is needed is dissemination and after the dissemination, training," said the director of the Specialization Course in BIM of the National University of Buenos Aires, Javier Nuñez.
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