Mobile cloud computing application solution for waste reduction in the facility management process


The integration of facility management and mobile cloud computing is an innovative and vital undertaking to improve facility maintenance and management. Even though recent studies have proposed various methods of implementing mobile cloud computing, there remains an issue of simplifying data structures and maximising productivity. This paper presents a solution to mobilise corrective maintenance processes. Based on a comprehensive literature review on productivity, lean maintenance, and mobile computing technology, a mobile cloud computing application is proposed to improve information quality and availability. This study proposes a mobile cloud computing system for facilities management staff performing building operations and maintenance using QR code and cloud computing technologies. The mobile cloud computing system was used in a field experiment at the Singapore Institute of Technology to verify the proposed solution and demonstrate its effectiveness in corrective maintenance practice. The results obtained from the experiment demonstrated the effectiveness of the solution in reducing waiting, motion, and over-processing waste, leading to improvement in facility management productivity. The advantage of the proposed solution lies in its ability to transform facility management work processes by maximising usefulness delivered from invested resources, i.e., enhance value delivery.

Keywords: Facility management, Mobile cloud computing, Waste reduction, Lean thinking, Productivity

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Cite as: “Kng JHJ and Fadeyi MO (2021). Mobile cloud computing application solution for waste reduction in the facility management process. Built Environment Applied Research Sharing #08. ISSUU Digital Publishing.”

Published by Moshood Olawale Fadeyi

Assoc. Prof. Moshood Olawale Fadeyi is an Associate Professor of Sustainable Building Value Delivery Education at the Singapore Institute of Technology. He holds four university degrees, including a Ph.D. in Indoor Environment and Energy from the National University of Singapore and the Technical University of Denmark. He is architecture (BSc Arch and M.Arch.), building science (MSc.), and engineering (Ph.D.) trained. He is an architect, an indoor air quality expert, chartered engineer (UK) – building services, chartered construction manager (UK), cartoonist, and specialist adult educator. He is a member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (UK), Chartered Institute of Building (UK), and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers. He is well suited for architecture, interior design, building science, and architectural/building services engineering education. He has experience and expertise in developing undergraduate and postgraduate curricula to make students job-ready upon graduation. Since 2018, Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi focuses more on education. His education practice includes research that aims to understand how students and industry professionals should be educated to develop the fundamental knowledge and skillsets for defining and solving a problem for value delivery instead of providing a solution to solve a problem that does not exist and to avoid providing a solution to a problem that exists instead of solving it. The theme of his education practice is sustainable building value delivery education. Under this theme, he has in-depth expertise in indoor air quality value delivery and value-oriented productivity in sustainable design, construction, and facility management practices. His education practice is enhanced by his fundamental knowledge and skillsets in building information modelling and other digital solutions adoption, design, critical, reflective, scientific, and lean thinking, fine art, oral and written communication, and storytelling. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi has published more than 200 applied learning, discovery research, and literature review articles and creative works (fine art and creative writing) contributing to applied learning pedagogy enhancement and scientific evidence on new knowledge. His expertise and leadership are highly sought after by companies and government agencies. He is the Editor, Author, and Cartoonist of Indoor Air Cartoon Journal – a creative and applied learning journal providing education on indoor air quality, with audiences from over 100 countries. He is a former National Taekwondo Champion in Singapore - Black Belt Middle-Heavy Weight category, 2006.

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