FM:Systems, a provider of integrated workplace management systems based in Raleigh, NC, recently announced that the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD will use its flagship product, FM:Interact, to manage preventative maintenance for thousands of pieces of exhibit support equipment. The National Aquarium is home to approximately 16,500 specimens and more than 660 species of animals, including amphibians, birds, fish, invertebrates, mammals, and reptiles.
In order to maintain the delicate ecosystems within the Aquarium’s exhibits, proper and efficient management of each exhibit’s support systems is imperative due to the sensitivity of the animals. For instance, in one tank, if the water temperature rises by just four degrees, all of the fish within the tank will die. There are 125 exhibit support systems with thousands of pieces of equipment within the aquarium which require preventative maintenance.
“For each exhibit, we track the status of the animals’ health and monitor the operating status of the equipment, but we needed software that could help us ensure that equipment was being properly cared for to minimize the risk of system failure,” stated Hans Keller, Chief Technology Officer for the Aquarium. “FM:Interact will help us keep track of maintenance schedules for all the equipment and we can tie each specific piece of equipment back to its system. This will help us make sure each exhibit support system will continue to run smoothly. Because FM:Interact is easily accessible and secure, it will consolidate all of the information with the flexibility we need.”
FM:Interact, a modular suite of web-based applications, allows organizations to access and analyze facilities, real estate, and maintenance information in real-time. M:Interact modules include Space Management, Lease and Property Management, Asset Management, Strategic Planning, Move Management, and Service Request Management.