“The Role of Facilities Management in the 4th Industrial Revolution”

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HEFMA will have its annual International Conference hosted by the University of Johannesburg. See youtube video

The conference is geared and designed to bring together association members, international members, Strategic Partners – AUDE (UK), APPA (US), TEFMA (Australia) and Southern Africa institutions; University of Lesotho, University of Namibia (UNAM), University of Botswana and University of Swaziland Swaziland. (Conference 2018 UNAM Video).

The 2019 HEFMA Conference will be from 14 – 17 October 2019 at “The Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort” in Rand Park Ridge.View 3D view of hotel

The conference will also offer workshop/academic session addressing issues affecting Facilities and Infrastructure Divisions. The session will be presented by the Academy for Facility Management (A4FM) and will be on 14 October 2019 (from 08h30 am - 16h30 pm).
The Educational Session will be one of the five topics/modules reflected Modules . The module to be offered on the day will depend on its popularity when interested members and no-members make their selection when registering. If many interested people select more than one, two can be offered in different venues. Interested people are requested to choose the module they want to attend on 14 October 2019.

HEFMA 2019 Coference

Venue & Accommodation


  • Full Registration: R 7 600.00
  • Single Day Registration: R 2 600.00
  • A4FM Academic/Educational Session Member: R 500.00
  • A4FM Academic/Educational Session: Non Member: R 1500.00
  • Location:
    The Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort. View Hotel Google location

    Contact: 011 478 8009
    Email: stefanieh@thefairway.co.za
    Reference: HEFMA, OCTOBER 2019 (quote reference when making booking).
    Website: www.thefairway.co.za / https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=hzmodKxx6nR
    Free WIFI available

    *(Flight and accommodation for delegates own account). Delegates must indicate if they require transport from the airport.


    “The Role of Facilities Management in the 4th Industrial Revolution”
    Sub Themes:

    1. Beyond the Physical Facilities
  • Online Learning
  • Digital Environment
  • Open Learning spaces / Landscaping
  • Strategic initiatives versus operational needs
  • The shrinking budgets
  • 2. Provision of Excellent student Experience
  • Do facilities give student great living and Learning experiences?
  • Responsiveness to students needs
  • Deteriorating Facilities
  • 3. Infrastructure Development
  • Value for money and quality
  • Project Management / Quantity Surveying etc.
  • Funding for Projects
  • Procurement processes
  • Online delivery of projects
  • Financial management
  • 4. IR 4.0 Impact
  • Impact on facilities and staff
  • What do Facilities Management divisions provide/do on this?
  • Smart campuses
  • Future Fit Lecture Venues
  • 5. Challenges faced by Facilities Managers
  • Funding (diminishing)
  • Technology
  • Natural disaster (future)
  • Training, etc.
  • Emergency Management
  • 6. Insourcing versus Outsourcing
  • What ear the best models
  • Value added
  • Productivity
  • Loyalty
  • 7. Soft Services
  • Protection Services
  • Student Centres – Retail
  • Occupational Safety
  • Residences
  • Lecture Venues / Labs
  • Libraries
  • A4FM Academic Session
    Advanced Project Management Senior

    - FM Strategy

    - FM Strategy

    - FM policy

    - Structuring for Effective FM

    - Implementation of a strategic system standard

    Building Management Systems Mid-Level / Senior

    - Project management (Advanced)

    - Project management (Advanced)

    - Contract Management

    - Utilities Management

    - Managing services (including SLAs and Performance management)

    - FM standards an overview

    Partners & Exhibitors

  • Aquaretrip Water Services (Pty) Ltd (Previous name Kovco Green)
  • Broll Facilities Management
  • Musco Lighting
  • Key Speakers


    Professor Paul Sena Babu
    Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology (UJ)Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology (UJ)
    Babu Sena Paul received his B.Tech and M.Tech degree in Radiophysics and Electronics from the University of Calcutta, West Bengal, India, in 1999 and 2003 respectively. He was with Philips India Ltd from 1999-2000. From 2000-2002 he served as lecturer of Electronics and Communication Engineering Dept. at SMIT, Sikkim, India. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati India. He has attended and published over sixty research papers in international and national conferences, symposiums and peer reviewed journals. He has successfully supervised several postgraduate students and post-doctoral research fellows. He joined the University of Johannesburg in 2010. He has served as the Head of the Department at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology, University of Johannesburg from April 2015 to March 2018. He is the currently serving as an Associate Professor and Director to the Institute for Intelligent Systems, University of Johannesburg. He was awarded the IETE Research Fellowship. He is a life member of IETE and a member of IEEE.


    Professor Alta Van der Merwe
    Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (UP)
    Prof Alta van der Merwe is currently the Deputy Dean: Teaching and Learning within the Engineering, Built Environment and information Technology (EBIT) Faculty at the University of Pretoria. Prof van der Merwe’s research focuses on strategic issues within organizations in the 4th Industrial Revolution. Her focus includes the development of socio-technical solutions with research activities in Enterprise Architecture, Data Science and different theories supporting the successful use of technology in the organization. Her research related to her position as Deputy Dean Teaching and Learning focuses on student success and especially using technology to enhance throughput. Prof van der Merwe is the Past President of SAICSIT and on International level; she was involved in the proposal and acceptance of the IEEE SMC Enterprise Engineering and Enterprise Architecture Technical Committee, where she still acts as co-chair. In 2018, she was appointed as the IFIP 8 Vice-chair. She is also the South African national representative for IFIP 8.


    Professor David Root
    School of Construction Economics Management (Wits)School of Construction Economics Management (Wits)
    Dave Root is Professor and Head of School at the University of Witwatersrand’s School of Construction Economics and Management. Until 2011 he was Associate Professor and previously Senior Lecturer in the Department of Construction Economics and Management at the University of Cape Town which he joined in 2003. He originally trained and practiced as a Chartered Building Surveyor in consultancy in both public and private sector client organisations in the UK before entering academia. He is a Fellow of the CIOB and RICS and is registered with the SACPCMP as a Construction Project Manager in South Africa. His current research interests are around design management, procurement, and construction industry development.

    Call for Abstracts

    (Submissions closing date 28 June 2019)


    You are invited to submit your abstract to the Higher Education Facilities Management Association 2019 Conference, which scheduled to be held from 14 – 17 October 2019 in Johannesburg at the University of Johannesburg. Those who wish to submit full conference papers or make presentations to the Conference are encouraged to send their abstracts to the conference administrator, Nellie Van der Byl at email: hefma2019@uj.ac.za
    Abstracts must be submitted in English, have 400 – 600 words and address one or more of the sub-themes covered by the conference.
    Accompanying the abstract must be a short biography (in the third person) of the presenter with a maximum of 75 words).

    The conference theme is “The Role of Facilities management in the 4th Industrial Revolution”.
    View The Sub-Themes


    GPS coordinates: S 26 06’ 86” E 27 58’ 00”
    Hotel Directions: View Hotel Google location

    Conference Related Quoestions

    Email Ms Nellie Van der Byl @ hefma2019@uj.ac.za

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