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Monthly ArchiveJuly 2017

Engineering Systems

Engineering Systems-

Often there is a lack of understanding as to what an engineering system is. Many confuse the performance of individual system elements with the performance or outcome of the system. “A system is a set or arrangement of interacting elements so related as to form an organic whole” (Menkes & Baldo, 1973, p.2).

Building Assessment

Building Assessment-

Successful organizations often undergo periodic assessments to ascertain existing strengths, challenges, and opportunities. Assessing or benchmarking is the practice of evaluating performance against a standard. Assessments often reveal gaps between actual and desired conditions, as established by industry best practices or another applicable standard. Gaps often provide opportunities for improvements.

Accordingly, there are three types of benchmarking exercises: (1) Internal, where a multi-facility organization establishes organizational standards for all facilities, (2) Industry, where the organization measures performance against other organizations in the same industry, and (3) Best-practice, where the organization measures performance against industry leaders, regardless of industry.