Utilities Group Virtual Networking Meetings
Traditionally we have held regional networking meetings (Eastern and Western Utilities Group (EUG/WUG) to make it easier for participants to get together. Held at member sites, these meetings allow staff from participating companies to share best practices, network with regional peers, develop professionally/be mentored, and benchmark data/practices. These regional meetings have high participation levels because they are short, the smaller group allows a lot of interaction, and more than 90 percent of our attendees repeat each year.
The challenges in both hosting and attending on-site meetings in 2020 resulted in Facility Issues scheduling these as web events in lieu of the traditional EUG and WUG meetings. These are virtual meetings, not webinars. (See the description and requirements in the meeting agendas below.)
Initially these events will use the Zoom platform (let us know if this is a problem for your organization). Attendance will be limited to 30-40 persons so all participants can be seen on one scree and to allow all to contribute to discussions. The intent is to provide a similar networking and learning experience as the traditional regional meetings. Additional sessions may be scheduled based on interest.
Each meeting will be 2-3 hours long and have a topic or theme. The meeting theme will be the initial subject of discussion, but there will also be open town hall session as usual to allow you to get feedback from the group on any question you have. Sessions will not be recorded.
July Meeting – Reinventing the Utility Workplace for 2020 and Beyond
The pandemic is only the triggering event in larger market/society changes. How is the convergence of various technologies (mobile, automation, smart buildings) and other trends (employee health, skilled labor challenges, sustainability pressure, need for resiliency, budget challenges) changing your company’s operations and your long term facility needs? Participants will be asked to share their companies new approaches to facilities.
- Date/Time: July 22, 2020, 1:00-3:00+ pm EDT/10:00-12:00+ pm PDT
- Agenda and more info about the meeting: UC Reinventing the Workplace WebEvent
August Meeting – FM Metrics and Data for 2020 and Beyond
Building technology and FM systems are getting more and more advanced (and we have more and more of them). How is this changing the the data and metrics that we have available, what we need, and how best to use it? Participants will be asked to share the data sources and reporting regularly used by their staff.
- Date/Time: August 19, 2020, 2:00-4:00+ pm EDT/11:00-11:00+ pm PDT *new time
- Agenda and more info about the meeting: UC FM Metrics and Data WebEvent
September Meeting – Benchmarking Reporting Workshop
This will be a “hands-on” review of the 2020 benchmarking reports and how to use the MS PowerBI interface to take advantage of the available data. Revisions to the reports will be made based on discussion. Participants will be asked to share how they are using the results.
- Date/Time: September 8, 2020, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT/1:00-2:30 pm PDT
- Agenda and more info about the meeting: UC Benchmarking Reporting WebEvent
The meetings are open to all staff from organizations participating in any of our utility benchmarking programs – use the form below to register up to 1 week in advance. The first person from each participating organization is free (a second is also free space permitting). Other interested persons can use the form below to sign up for the waiting list and we will contact you two weeks prior to the session if there are seats available (meeting fees apply).
Interested in Leading a Special Meeting?
Contact Robert Lambe if you would like to arrange for a meeting on a specific topic not on our list.