New interface for the MainManager system

My name is Hilmar Steinthorsson and I started working with MainManager in 2001. I know I’m a dinosaur : )

In this blogpost I’m going to recap a little bit the history of the MainManager solution. I will also tell you about the exciting work that is going on at the moment. We are working on a brand new interface for the MainManager system. For the past 18 years I’ve taken part in many redesigns and changes to the MainManager system. I have to say though, that the current design we are working on, is the most exciting yet!

MainManager version 10

When I started working at MainManager, the solution was only available as a Windows program. It was accessible through something called terminal server.  The web technology was on the rise and the goal for MainManager was to design a 100% web-based solution.  That goal was first accomplished in 2010, with the release of version 10. This allowed our customers to work with all their processes on the web for the first time, without the use of a windows program on the side.

MainManager version 11

In 2012 we released version 11 of the MainManager solution.  That version contained a newly designed interface implemented with the latest web technologies available at that time.  We introduced a new process layout that guided the users through a specific process within MainManager. For the past 7 years we have made small adjustments and additions to this interface. Today our customers are using version 11.14 of the MainManager solution. Version 11 has served our customers well for this time, but is starting to show it’s wear and tear, especially with all the exciting new web technology that has emerged over the past few years. Also, the demands of our customers have changed with new devices available, such as powerful smartphones and tablets.  As a result of that we have been working on a complete redesign of the MainManager interface, using all the new technologies available.

 

MainManager version 11 – Setup of sites process

 

Facility Management is a big field that contains a lot of complex processes. The challenge when designing a FM solution is to be able to work with all these processes, while keeping it simple and intuitive for the user of the solution. Through the years we have listened to our customers while also comming up with new ideas internally.  Therefore, when we started working on the redesign of the MainManager interface, we wrote down some design goals that we would try to accomplish throughout the whole process.

Simplify as much as possible

Even though the subject of Facility Management can be a complex subject, it doesn’t mean that the FM system has to be.  In the design of the new interface we have asked the question constantly: «How can we make this as simple as possible for the end user?». To start with we have broken down the subjects that MainManager offers into independent processes that are predefined and require minimal setup. Each process provides extensive help and guidelines and all relevant settings are readily available.  We have kept all the things that make MainManager great, such as extensive filtering possibilities, grouping of data and accessability. In the new interface though, they are presented in a more non intrusive way.  If you are not using the feature it does not interfere, but access to it is only one click away.

Responsive design

Responsive design is an approach to web design that makes web pages render well on any device and screen size.  In the new design we have used all the latest technologies available, to make every process within the solution usable no matter the device used.

 

The same module on a big screen and a small screen

The same module on a big screen and a small screen

Performance

In today’s world users are used to have access to information within microseconds.  That can be difficult to achieve when dealing with large amounts of data as the MainManager solution does.  We have completely redesigned how we present and work with data within the solution using all the latest client side technologies available.  All unnecessary refreshes have been removed and in those places that need updating of data asynchronous web service calls are used to enhance the user experience as much as possible.

Graphics

For the past years it has been possible to use what we call the 3 graphical worlds in MainManager.  Those worlds are GIS maps, interactive drawings (2D) and BIM models (3D).  It gives the user of a FM system a big advantage to be able to use these graphical worlds within his daily work for viewing information and creating it.  The problem within the current solution is that these possibilities are not as visible as they should be and therefore are not used to their full capabilities.  In the new interface, we have worked on adding these graphical capabilities to every process, by making them readily available no matter where the user is and no matter what he is doing.

 

GIS map used to show buildings

GIS map used to show buildings.

 

Possible to open up a BIM model directly from the map

You have the possibility to open up a BIM model directly from the map.

One click setup

Our goal with the new design is to be able to offer a solution that can be up and running within minutes.  The biggest hurdle in that is to populate the system with the customers relevant data such as their sites and buildings.  Therefore, we have added integrations to the public data services such as Matrikkel in Norway and BBR in Denmark.  With just one click the customer can then populate the solution with the data available in these services.  All import of data has also been redesigned in a way that the user should always have a way to populate the solution with needed data no matter the data source.

User defined

An addition to our new interface, is the possibility for our users to create their own property windows, lists, filters and new fields.  This greatly reduces the cost for our customers since these things don‘t have to be programmed any more.

When

We estimate releasing the new interface for the MainManager system to our customers later this year. We are so looking forward to allowing them to experience a completely new MainManager. Hopefully it will give them the feel of all the hard work and joy that we have poured into it. Until that time I can give you a sneak preview of the new design through this video that shows the Helpdesk process within MainManager.

 

Stay in touch

If you want further information about us, and how the new interface could work for you, please contact us, and subscribe to our newsletter!

 

Until next time I bid you farewell.

Hilmar

New contract in Norway with Trondheim properties

MainManager has signed an agreement with Trondheim Municipality regarding the delivery of our CAFM system. The system shall support work processes for operation, cleaning, maintenance and development. Trondheim property has a digital connection to geological data and associated mapping services, which provides a framework for building basic data for construction and real estate.

Trondheim property has ownership responsibility for buildings such as schools, kindergartens, health & welfare centers and cultural & administrative buildings. In addition, Trondheim property is responsible for approx. 4.000 homes in their buildings, condominiums, unions and foundations. In total this amounts to 1.300.000 m2.

MainManager hits the front page of Bygg-drifteren in Norway

This week MainManager hit the front page of Bygg-drifteren 06.17, a media with a target audience of 8.500 facility managers in Norway.
We are so pleased to read how well our mobile solution has been received by the employees at Statsbygg.
 

MainManager wins the tender for SiO

MainManager has won the tender for a Facility Management system for the Student services in Oslo and Akerhus (SiO). The procurement process was extensive and started in June 2015. Approximately 10 other systems/suppliers took part, but in the end SiO signed a contract with MainManager.

The aim of the project

SiO’s objective with the acquisition of a new Facility Management system is to achieve 98% occupancy of the housing stock and to increase customer satisfaction. This will be achived through MainManager’s core processes and a detailed follow up of customer inquiries.

Who are SiO (Studentsamskipnaden i Oslo og Akershus)

SiO is a welfare organisation for students in 26 educational institutions in Oslo and Akershus. It was established in 1939 and is the oldest student union in Norway. Their main task is to offer students products and services. Currently they have 11 kindergartens, 50 dining venues , 5 sports centers and 9000 student apartments, which will increase to 12000 when their new projects will be completed.

Sentralen Oslo chooses MainManager

Sentralen, a subsidiary of Sparebankstiftelsen DNB, has chosen MainManager to maintain and manage it’s facilities.

Sentralen’s data will be imported into MainManager as a three-dimensional BIM model which will then be used to manage information on the building and it’s systems. Subsequently, Sentralen will use MainManager to manage:

  • Operations
  • Maintenance
  • Fire prevention
  • Cleaning
  • Space management
  • Rent Management
  • Art work
  • Service center
  • Reserve meeting rooms

Sentralen

Sentralen is located in Øvre Slottsgate 3, Oslo. In 2016 the building will be used for various cultural and entrepreneurial activities, all of it’s 12000 square meters  will be used as office space or galleries with the intent of forging a link between the arts and the business sector.

Wärtsilä chooses MainManager

Wärtsilä has signed a contract with MainManager for the implementation and use of the software MainManager. Implementation of the software and training of employees is already under way.

Wärtsilä‘s property department in Norway manages around 75.000 m2 and will be using MainManager for space management through :

  • Interactive drawings
  • Construction data
  • Property data
  • Operations
  • Maintenance
  • Fire prevention portals
  • Help desk

MainManager will be providing a complete setup of technical systems, operating plans and interactive drawings for the administration building at Stord.

Wärtsilä is a large Finnish company with 18,000 employees and factories in 70 countries. The company has 4 subsidiaries in Norway with 1200 employees which deliver products and solutions for the marine, oil & gas and industrial sectors.

Statsbygg releases the first MainManager processes

After 15 month of preparation Statsbygg, Norway, is launching SESAM. SESAM is the internal name of the MainManager processes providing transparency of cost and consumption within the property portfolio at Statsbygg.

In phase one SESAM will be operating 49 property. This event is s huge milestone for Statsbygg as well as the involved employees at MainManager. Regional coordinators, members of the project group and SESAM instructors have put a tremendous effort into the preparation and first launch of SESAM.

The project is on track, and every one involved are anxious to the see the project scaled into the remaining 2.400 properties.

(The rope was cut by Regional Director, Beate Bomann-Larsen and Property Director; Frode Meinich)

Statsbygg Energy module

As some readers may know, the Norwegian state facility operator, Statsbygg, awarded ICEconsult with a multiyear contract for the implementation of the facility management system MainManager.

Shortly after the contract had been signed, Statsbygg‘s energy department requested a meeting and a presentation to see if MainManager could be used for registering, monitoring and analysing it‘s energy expenditures. The data for the energy usage would also need to be presented in an accessible and user-friendly interface (as lists, graphs or reports).

Because Statsbygg is a very eco friendly company, it monitors it’s energy expenditures carefully and is also adamant about reducing energy usage and waste whenever possible. For this reason Statsbygg chose to launch a pilot where the energy consumption of 50 facilities will be monitored, registered and analysed through graphs, lists and reports in the MainManager. The next step will then be to monitor the energy consumption for the rest of Statsbygg‘s facilities portfolio.

Statsbygg required some additional features which have now been implemented in the energy module. The changes made will benefit our current customers and simplify the energy module as well as adding to it. One example of this is the new energy consumption analysis interface where the user can analyse energy usage any way he chooses.

City Direct is a Living Labs Global Awards winner

City Direct is a first price winner in 2012 Living Labs Global Awards in the „Public Project Portal“ group. Winner solutions will be implemented as a showcase project in the city with the respective group, in this case Kristiansand in Norway. City Direct is a solution for city´s and municipalities to enable their citisens to directly influence the budget spending. City Direct is driven by MainManager, so by design, the system has a powerful set of tools available for general operational tasks such as shceduling and project management.

Further information can be found here:
http://livinglabs-global.com
http://llga.org/2012/awarded
http://llga.org/project.php?idP=444

Statsbygg in Norway chooses MainManager

The Norwegian state facility operator, Statsbygg, has awarded ICEconsult a multiyear contract for implementation of nation-wide facility management system using MainManager (www.mainmanager.com). The contract was signed 29th of February at a formal event in Oslo. This agreement is by far the largest the company has made and is a tremendous recognition and opens doors to new markets. The decision was made on the basis of intensive tender and negotiation process that began early last year. 11 companies across the Nordic countries participated. Three of them were selected into the final phase, two Norwegian companies and ICEconsult. Statsbygg’s decision process included evaluation of the software, experience and vision as well as cost. The result was decisive as ICEconsult / Main Manager was awarded the highest rating in all aspects. On behalf of the Norwegian government, Statsbygg owns 2,350 buildings distributed among 600 property complexes at home and abroad. These include universities, office buildings, historic structures, prisons, royal buildings, embassies, etc. MainManager is a comprehensive Facility Management system (CAFM) used in thousands of buildings in Europe. The system supports FM processes such as development, maintenance and operations projects, construction, service level agreements (SLA), lease management, quality management, energy, etc.