ISG tech leader discusses universities of the future

4 July 2017

Matt Roche, Technology Solutions, ISG

We should be making buildings simpler by standardising systems - only then will we get meaningful data to improve building operations.

That’s according to ISG’s technology solutions managing director, Matthew Roche, who was writing in Building magazine following the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) conference in April 2017, hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University.

“Why do we need a BMS [building management system] if we have light fittings that also include sensors for air quality and temperature control?” he asks.

“This immediately makes several systems redundant and simplifies the operation of the building. Less is always more in this context.”

Matthew said that what seems radical now will soon become commonplace.

“The overriding factor is our need to get behind the brief, to understand what a building is being used for now and into the future,” he writes.

“We then adopt a technology-led approach to design the assets that work harmoniously with the wider estate. That is the future.”

This technology-led approach is at the heart of ISG’s technology solutions business, which bridges the gap between IT and facilities management.

This is important in relation to the higher education sector, says Matthew, where buildings need to be far more efficient and designed with differing revenue streams in mind.

“Commercialising assets when they are out of season, or creating dedicated corporate facilities, has reinvented a core business for many universities, with mixed use development helping leverage space for flexible learning and additional revenue, offering a different approach to traditional models,” he writes.

To deliver these buildings, Matthew says the heads of university estates need to take a radical approach to how they think about their new build and refurbishment projects.

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