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What does 2022 hold for supply chain evolution?

In recent months we have seen shortages and supply chain disruptions in the lead-up to Black Friday and Christmas. With 2022 fast approaching, Antony Francis, Consultant at software and technology services company, Endava, shares his perspective on how supply chains will evolve in the coming year…
Connectivity will remain the single most important aspect for the sector
Companies will need to fully analyze their ability to view their entire, global supply chain. They must have visibility of all their trading partners, including manufacturers, shippers, forwarders and others and have the connectivity to deliver real-time updates throughout the process.
In 2022 we will see a real need for supply chain technology companies to consider and provide the best platforms to achieve this. One-size-fits-all solutions might not always work across every module so we could see a trend for organizations looking to own specific spaces and provide the best solution for a particular subset of partners.
Supporting digital acceleration will be the key to success
In 2022 it’s going to be important that supply chain technology companies can really provide solutions that enhance connectivity and visibility. There is a lot of work going on to ensure that systems are up to scratch, and companies that are able to provide digital acceleration solutions to enhance end-to-end visibility of the supply chain will do well.
Systems will become more resilient, both to react to immediate issues and to protect against future disruptions
Many companies’ technology was found wanting, even before the COVID-19 pandemic and other external factors placed further stress on supply chains. The level of connectivity and readiness was low, and companies had only really just started to look at issues such as visibility and real-time updates to shipping information. When the pandemic hit, companies were already lagging, which only increased the impact of issues arising from disruptions.
It will likely take well into the first quarter of 2023 to absorb the disruptions from 2021 and 2022. There needs to be a significant digital acceleration to make sure systems are more connected and resilient. This will both close existing gaps and serve to manage any future, unforeseen events. Companies should insist that their shippers, forwarders, third-party logistics providers, etc. are connected in real time and able to move swiftly to react to any changes in supply. Coupling this with AI and machine learning predictive analytics to anticipate issues will go a long way to keeping supply chains running smoothly.

How can SmartServ Pro help you monitor your underground assets remotely?

By Kingspan

Over the past 12 months, the global pandemic has encouraged us all to adapt to a new way of working, whether that be monitoring more sites due to furlough, or monitoring your assets remotely from the comfort of your home office. Due to these changes, many Facility Managers have adapted how they manage their sites and assets to ensure they continue to function as expected remotely.

This is where we believe Kingspan’s SmartServ Pro remote monitoring software can help you, offering the ability to monitor your underground assets at the touch of a button from your phone or computer.

With Kingspan’s SmartServ Pro you can receive instant alerts should the status of your asset change. The SmartServ Pro unit can be fitted to your new or existing underground wastewater asset, including; separators, pumps or sewage treatment plants. This unit then connects to the internal floats and power source of your assets to monitor their status, including levels, power supply or any other issues that may arise.

Bridging the gap between your SmartServ Pro unit and your computer or phone is the SmartServ Pro Portal. The SmartServ Pro unit monitoring your system then communicates with the SmartServ Pro portal, giving you access to the information from your wastewater asset at the touch of a button. The portal shows all of your assets across the site in one place, displaying real-time information and any warning. Should an issue occur the portal will automatically generate an email or text message alert to your phone or computer, allowing you to arrange to have it resolved before flooding or pollution occurs.

With Kingspan’s SmartServ Pro asset monitoring solution you could benefit from;

  • Real-time data on the condition of your below ground wastewater assets.
  • Automatic alerts sent directly to your phone or email.
  • Total visibility with access to assets anytime, anywhere with the SmartServ Pro Portal.
  • The ability to efficiently plan for service and maintenance visits.
  • Ongoing support from our Kingspan team

If you would like more information on our SmartServ Pro remote monitoring software please visit our website:, or if you would like to book free a demo please call 0333 240 6868 or email

Altuity software improves facilities management for Tops Day Nurseries

Tops Day Nurseries, a company managing a group of 30 nurseries educating over 3,000 children across the south of England, has adopted the AltoSites software solution from Altuity, a maintenance and facilities management software company.

Cheryl Hadland, Managing Director of Tops Day Nurseries, explains that the system the group was previously using didn’t work for the needs of the company effectively.

“We needed a central place for information, giving the opportunity to have not just maintenance jobs on the system but assets for each building e.g. fire systems, property boundaries, contracts in place with a system to prompt renewal dates, contractors being able to access the system to upload certificates, lease details and noting who is responsible for maintaining the different assets of the buildings,” she explains.

The company evaluated several other software systems before choosing AltoSites. “With their experience in the education sector, Altuity seemed to understand our issues best, and also weren’t cost prohibitive,” says Cheryl.

Altuity founder Steve Voller commented that, given the current Coronavirus challenges and business disruption, it was good to support Tops Day Nurseries with their long-term facilities and maintenance management needs.

Altuity conducted an initial meeting at the beginning of January. Despite the current lock down due to Coronavirus, it was able to work virtually with key Tops Day Nurseries staff to implement the software.  A Zoom group session, with over 30 staff participating, was used to remotely deliver the training, leading to go live on time at the end of March.

Benefits from adopting AltoSites include allowing for more data to be included under each asset e.g. the fire alarm system can have its make, model, service date, defects reported, certificates, and new systems installed all recorded. Additional benefits are that the company’s legal team will have the ability to store legal information on the system which can be shared. The system is also visually easier for maintenance to be able to see jobs using the floor plans on the system and prioritise work while contractors can automatically be notified of work needed.

“Until all managers are back from the lockdown situation and using the system to its full capacity, it is difficult to get feedback but we are confident the new software will have a positive impact on the way our assets are managed,” concludes Cheryl.

Buildings and human induced vibration – The risks & the solutions

Whether it’s a building or bridge, human footfall needs to be considered by engineers working on the project to ensure that the end result for users is safe and comfortable (remember the Millennium Bridge ‘wobble’!). Oasys Software explains why human induced vibration is an important consideration…

Fluttering and resonance

Vibrations can affect structures in a wide range of ways. Two of the main ways are resonance and aeroelastic fluttering.

When Object A vibrates at the same natural frequency as Object B, this is known as resonance. As a result, object B resonates with this and will begin to vibrate too. Think singing to break a wine glass! Although the person singing isn’t touching the glass, the vibrations of their voice are resonating with the glass’s natural frequency, causing this vibration to get stronger and stronger and eventually, break the glass.

Aeroelastic flutter differs slightly; for example, a force is applied to Object B, causing it to shake. It’s not necessarily at the same frequency as Object B’s natural vibration, but it makes Object B move all the same.

When an object resonates, it is technically fluttering too. But not everything that flutters is necessarily resonating. This is how confusion over disasters such as the Tacoma Bridge collapse occur — for a long time, and to this day, the event is used as a textbook example of resonance. However, it’s been argued that the bridge’s collapse wasn’t caused by resonance, but by fluttering.

Fluttering also occurs with human induced vibrations, and an example of this is when human movement is applying force, causing the structure to vibrate. Some instances would also see resonation happening too, but it wouldn’t be a certainty.

Engineers have to ensure that their designs reduce the damage or discomfort caused by either fluttering or resonating.

The downsides

The structure and users within a building can be compromised when fluttering or resonation occurs, and it can have a range of impacts:

  • Human health suffering. Research has found that vibrations in buildings and structures can cause depression and even motion sickness in inhabitants. Buildings naturally respond to external factors such as the wind or human footfall within. This low-frequency vibration can be felt, even subconsciously, by people. It has been argued that modern designs featuring thinner floor slabs and wider spacing in column design mean that these new builds are not as effective at dampening vibrations as older buildings are.
  • Jeopardising structural integrity. Eventually, the build-up of constant vibrations on a structure can lead to structural integrity being compromised. A worse-case scenario would be the complete collapse of said structure.
  • Swaying bridges. The Millennium Bridge is one of the best examples of resonance caused by human induced vibrations and fluttering. As people walked across the bridge, the vibrations and swaying caused oscillations in the bridge. Everyone crossing the bridge would then sway at the same time to avoid falling over, resulting in a cycle of increasing and amplifying the swaying effect.
  • Jeopardise integrity of sensitive equipment. Depending on what the building is used for, what is within and what can be affected by the vibrations of those inside the building. Universities, for example, may have sensitive equipment whose accuracy and performance could be damaged by vibrations.

How software can help

Modern designs that favour thinner slabs and wider column design and spacing tend to be susceptible to all forms of vibration, whether it is human-induced or otherwise.

At the design stage, it is important for engineers to use appropriate structural analysis software to test footfall on a design and see the resulting vibrations.

Vibrations are inevitable, but engineers must account for a wide range of catalysts that trigger vibrations in a structure, such as human footfall, adapting their overall design accordingly.


Do you specialise in FM Software? We want to hear from you!

Each month on FM Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the facilities management market – and in October we’ll be focussing on FM software solutions.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help FM industry buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re a supplier of FM software and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Paige Aitken on

Here are the areas we’ll be covering, month by month:

October – FM Software

November – Business Continuity

December – Fire Safety & Equipment

For more information on any of the above, contact Paige Aitken on

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