Arkman’s core activity is Project Engineering. We are currently working on projects for Healthcare and Education organisations to help realise development and improvement plans. We provide experienced engineering knowledge and skills that will assist with the delivery of successful projects.
The development of User Requirement and other specifications is a complex and time-consuming activity. Arkman can provide specialist knowledge that will help business to streamline this process. We can also assist with avoiding difficult issues should they occur during a project and will advise how to deal with them if the need arises. In addition, Arkman also has all the Project Management skills necessary to optimise outcomes for a project.
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Asset Management is no longer an exclusively financial term. During the last 15 years the term has evolved to encompass the management of all types of assets, either tangible or intangible. This is because managing assets requires a particular approach and a skill set that is not always obvious or available in any single organisation.
Today, Asset Management is a holistic activity that takes into account all the responsibilities that owning, managing or operating an asset demands. Asset Management standards have evolved to a very high level (PAS55 and others) and are continuing to do so.
These standards help businesses to get the best possible return from their assets, while at the same time assisting them to mitigate or eliminate risks.
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- Performance Improvement strategy, advice and solutions for:
- Project Management
- Maintenance Management and Performance
- Facilities and Reliability Performance
- User Requirement Studies and Specifications
- Energy Efficiency
- Lean Tools and Strategies
- Manufacturing Systems and Installations
- Performance Improvement strategy, advice and solutions for:
There are generally many opportunities for organisations to improve their maintenance performance. Typically, the opportunities may not be obvious or easily executed by the in-house management team because of day-to-day work pressures. In such cases, it can make good sense to get some outside assistance. This will help the organisation to identify the main issues and to get started on a programme to improve performance.
Organisations are often reluctant to take the step of consulting outsiders on issues like this. There is often concern about the cost and about not getting value for money or even an outcome. Before engaging a consultant on such an undertaking, try to clarify some simple ground rules in advance. For example, if there is an interest in undertaking a Maintenance Audit, the advice below is worth following:
- Be satisfied that the consultant has a good background in the subject.
- Define the brief. This is the most important stage of the procedure. Be absolutely sure that you are satisfied with the brief and get the explicit agreement of the consultant at this stage.
- Include clear deliverables and outcomes in the brief.
- Do not hesitate to include explanatory and follow-up actions in the brief.
- Obtain a fixed cost for the activity defined in the brief.
- Finally, try to keep to the brief. If changes are required, then follow a similar approach with them as well.
Performance Improvement Tools
Use the procedure above to start a Performance Improvement Programme. This can include any or all of the following:
- Maintenance Audit
- Maintenance Process Improvement
- Spare Parts and Stock Control
- Lean Tools Application.
During our 10 years serving our clients, we have found that the availability of experienced professionals invariably leads to a better solution or outcome. Whether it’s a new design or the improvement of an existing process, sometimes what’s needed is just a little bit of quality (effective) analysis of the problem.
Arkman has provided just such analysis on many projects and for a variety of problems. Many organisations, both large and small, have faced difficulties where the appropriate experience or time is not available in-house.
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Building Energy Rating certificates are required for domestic and commercial buildings. The rating is an assessment of the energy performance of a building by a BER Assessor for the purposes of assigning a Building Energy Rating.
A Domestic BER certificate is required for domestic premises.
A Non-Domestic Building Energy Rating or Commercial Building Energy Rating (BER) is required for a commercial building.
A BER Assessor is someone who is registered with Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) to carry out BER assessments in compliance with the requirements of the European Communities (Energy Performance of Buildings) Regulations 2006.
A Provisional BER is an assessment of the specifications and plans of a proposed new building prior to the completion of construction. This certificate is valid for 24 months from the day it was issued, and should be calculated for all proposed new works.
A building’s BER certificate and related advisory report is valid for 10 years from the issue date.
From 1 July 2008, all new non domestic buildings require a BER certificate. However a BER certificate is not required if planning permission was applied for or a planning notice was published on or before 30 June 2008 and where substantial work (i.e. the structure of the external walls) is completed by 30 June 2010, except when such building is offered for a second or subsequent sale or letting.
From 1 January 2009, all existing non-domestic buildings being sold or let require a BER certificate.
One BER certificate is required for a building which contains residential accommodation above a non-domestic space (e.g. a pub or a shop), provided that the only access to the residential space is through the non-domestic space.
A registered Domestic BER assessor carries out the assessment for domestic premises. The assessment for a Commercial Building is carried out by a registered Commercial BER assessor.continue reading
Our experience has shown us that there are four particular areas where companies can benefit from having Arkman resources at their disposal.
v Equipment reliability and performance.
- Reliability and performance will not be achieved by accident. It requires knowledge and planning. It also requires continuous system monitoring and adjustment to ensure that expectations are met. This must be done by individuals with the necessary skills to achieve the objective.
v Energy cost reduction and control.
- Equipment specifically concerned with energy consumption requires special consideration. This equipment is using energy resources and is likely to have particularly high running costs. Therefore, further specialist knowledge is required.
v Statutory Compliance: Safety and Environmental.
- Construction Safety such as the performance of the PSDP role and Environmental Inspection and Certification can all be undertaken by Arkman.
v System design and optimisation.
- Any new system should be specified and designed to achieve a detailed documented level of performance. The appropriate knowledge should be available for undertaking this task.
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Arkman Engineers have extensive knowledge in all areas of Facilities, Processes and Project Management. As is well understood, safety is a key activity for all companies engaged in these activities.
Arkman has developed special protocols for all aspects of Project Safety. Particular attention has been focused on construction safety in recent years and Arkman has frequently acted as Project Supervisor for the Design Process (PSDP) in a range of different sectors. We have developed a validation process to ensure that the PSDP role is carried out in accordance with the legislation and in the most practical way possible.
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Accelerated Capital Allowance Schemes
Accelerated Capital Allowance Schemes have been in place for over a year now for investment in energy efficient equipment. Following the recent budget, the ACA scheme has been expanded to include three additional capital equipment categories. These are as follows:
- Refrigeration and cooling systems
- Electro-mechanical systems
- Catering and hospitality equipment.
The scheme provides an excellent opportunity for businesses that are interested in energy efficiency projects to improve the payback to the organisation of such projects.
Our experience has shown that refrigeration and cooling systems frequently provide good opportunities for reduced energy costs based on better control and more efficient equipment. The ACA expansion will improve the business case for such projects.continue reading
Facilities Management Expertise at Arkman
More and more companies are recognising the need to maximise the return from their physical assets. Every enterprise (small, medium or large) has a physical asset infrastructure that is vital to its service. This infrastructure ranges from office facilities to institutional to manufacturing facilities. All require resources of some sort to operate and the output of these resources needs to be optimised. Arkman Engineers has the range of experience and knowledge to help get the most cost effective return from the physical asset infrastructure.
This will be achieved by utilising the range of tools available to us and tailoring a programme to the individual client. Tools available include:
- Monitoring and Targeting.
- Process Analysis.
- Maintenance Audits.
- Leak Detection.
- Energy Assessment.
The benefits that are typically realised include:
- Reduced costs.
- Improved safety, reliability and performance.