Last edited 10 Dec 2020

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Why hard copies of O&M manuals are obsolete



[edit] Introduction

The building owner's manual, or operation and maintenance manual (O&M manual), contains the information required for the operation, maintenance, decommissioning and demolition of a building.

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.

[edit] 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  • They quick to become out of date.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

[edit] Benefits of paperless alternatives

Delivering project data through the cloud has numerous benefits for the end user over traditional paper methods:

  • 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.

[edit] Why not invest in hosting instead?

The cost saving from eliminating hard copies can be invested in services that may be more beneficial to end users such a hosting agreement, which provides:

[edit] 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.

By investing in an on-line asset register and planned preventative maintenance schedule (PPM), building mangers can avoid this cost and plan for occupation well in advance.

Benefits include;

--Createmaster 16:57, 12 Jun 2017 (BST)

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