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Last edited 15 Jun 2017
Why hard copies of O&M manuals are obsolete
So, how many hard copies do you need?
The answer is none. In 2017, there are much more effective methods of delivery for structured data and O&M requirements.
Multiple hard copies are often a contractual requirement but this does not mean they shouldn’t be challenged. Here’s a typical example of the standard A37 specification within the Employers Information Requirements [EIRs]:
However, generally, when a client is informed of the problems associated with paper copies and the direct cost saving available by reducing them, it is often possible to eliminate hard copies entirely.
 The problem with hard copies
Once a hard copy is delivered, it is rarely looked at and provides limited benefit to the end user.
Common problems associated with hard copy O&Ms:
- They are costly to produce.
- They quick to become out of date.
- They have significant storage requirements.
- They are susceptible to loss and damage.
- It can be difficult to locate information
 Benefits of paperless alternatives
- Cost savings
- They are simple to navigate.
- Data is secure and backed up.
- They can be accessed anywhere at anytime.
- The ability to integrate with client systems.
 Why not invest in hosting instead?
- 24/7 access to real project data.
- Updates for future fit-out and alterations.
- On-going training and support for end users.
 Or an enhanced asset register & PPM schedule
Often, when a building manager takes occupation, the first thing they do is procure an expensive manual survey to identify what plant they have inherited. This is because key asset data is buried within hundreds of pages of paper O&M manuals.
- Early availability of asset data.
- Day zero PPM.
- Mobilise staff and procure maintenance contracts.
- Integrate with existing CAFM systems.
--Createmaster 16:57, 12 Jun 2017 (BST)
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