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

Dr. Moshood Olawale Fadeyi is a sustainable building professor with specialisation in sustainable building value delivery education at the Singapore Institute of Technology. He is also an architect, an indoor air quality expert, a chartered engineer (UK) – building services, a chartered construction manager (UK), a cartoonist, and a specialist adult educator. 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 a member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (UK), Chartered Institute of Building (UK), and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, & 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. He currently researches to develop creative works and public education materials useful for developing critical and reflective thinking, communication skills, and technical knowledge needed to enhance industry, community, and education practices for solving sustainable building value delivery problems. Under the sustainable building value delivery education theme, he focuses on indoor air quality value delivery education and value-oriented productivity education (in sustainable building design, construction, and management practices). He has published more than 200 research and scholarship outputs in peer-reviewed journals, conferences, books, and public educational resources. His research for education efforts is enhanced by his fundamental knowledge and skillsets in the philosophy of building information modelling and other digital solutions adoption, problem-solving philosophy, design, critical, reflective, scientific, and lean thinking, fine art, oral and written communication, and storytelling. Companies and government agencies highly seek his expertise and leadership skills. 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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