The growing importance of facility management as a core business function was in the spotlight once more when the Total Facilities exhibition returned to Sydney in a new venue at the Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island (SEC@GI).
Held from March 25-26 at the harbour front venue, Australia’s most anticipated building and facilities management industry event brought together the nation’s FM community to learn best practices, operational strategies, tricks of the trade, fresh ideas and innovative solutions that will help them manage their facilities more productively in 2015 and beyond.
Adam Mather-Brown, General Manager of the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) – Australia’s first fully integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment venue, which is scheduled to open in December 2016 – was the keynote speaker at the event opening. Mather-Brown gave an overview on the landmark facility’s key features, which are designed to enhance the end-user experience as well as optimise usability. International venue management specialist AEG Ogden (AEGO) operates ICC Sydney, as well as SEC@GI.
“AEG Ogden is a benchmark in facility management with an exceptional breadth and range of international capabilities. It was quite befitting for Total Facilities to be held in an AEGO-operated venue and for one of the Group’s executives to kick start our event on an inspirational note,” said Brett Judd, Group Event Director of Diversified Communications Australia, the event organiser.
“The event focussed on education and professional development this year, drawing on the experience and expertise of world-leading facilities as well as industry thought leaders,” he continued. “The role of the facility management professional is constantly transforming with increased pressure to reduce costs and improve performance outcomes, thus demanding new insights for efficient and sustainable property delivery, influencing stakeholders, and aligning with business purpose.”
SEC@GI’s expansive Hall 3 was put to good use with two theatres delivering educational sessions, exhibition space showcasing the industry’s top product offerings in 65+ categories, breakout areas and a dedicated networking bar.
Matt Pearce, International Director – Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore & Thailand of Diversified Communications, also attended the Total Facilities opening. As the former president of the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA), Pearce was part of the industry working group involved in the development of SEC@GI.
“The event was a fitting occasion in many aspects,” said SEC@GI General Manager Malu Barrios. “It brought together collaborators from the past in the Glebe Island development, as well as the future in the $3 billion transformation of Darling Harbour. As the interim venue until ICC Sydney opens its doors, we were also thrilled to host an event that featured ICC Sydney as an inspiration for next generation facility management,” she added. “AEG Ogden’s global success is largely based on its focus on consistency, continuous improvement, and reliability through cost and quality control.”
Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island has been purpose built to provide a fully functioning event space while ICC Sydney, the new exhibition, conference and entertainment complex in Darling Harbour is being developed.