SPRING EXAMS BEGIN APRIL 12 AND END ON APRIL 27
Exam time is s stressful time for the students. With Spring Exams just around the corner, we ask that you are mindful as you go about your daily routine. If you have concerns about working in certain areas, please contact your Facilities Manager. They can help you with identifying rooms or buildings of concern.
TIME CARD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
So many of you have told us about the issues with the current time card system and we agree that there is a lot we should do to improve on it. Thank you for sharing the pain points , we’ve heard you and have started a project to make improvements.
Did you know that Building Operations has been using Time Cards for over 35 years? Since they have been around for so long it will not be realistic to expect changes to be overnight…In 1888 William Bundy created the first Time Clock…In February 2016 UBC Building Operations launched a project to evaluate our use of physical/manual timecards and suggest more efficient and effective alternatives. The first step to making improvements is to really understand what is needed so Jeff Bondy (Informatics Solutions Architect) has been meeting with departments to understand how the current system is used and what’s needed from a new solution. There are many steps before we get to making changes so stay tuned on more to come as the investigation continues…The Truth Is Out There (X-files reference).
UPDATE ON SHUTDOWN ENHANCEMENTS
The shutdown enhancement project team has now met with the IT PeopleSoft support team to discuss some of the system enhancements we would like to make to the shutdown process. Prior to us going ahead with these changes we will be scheduling a meeting with Heads, Project Coordinators and Managers to get feedback and suggestions on the system changes we are proposing as well as input regarding roles and responsibilities pertaining to shutdowns.
SNEAK PEAK – A CAMPUS IMPACT MAP IS IN DEVELOPMENT
An interactive map that will illustrate projects, shut downs, road closures and events is being developed. This map will help us identify areas that have a lot going on i.e. “ hot spots”. This information will help with planning and developing the right communication strategies to keep all informed so that the right actions are taken. Building Operations, Project Services, and Records have partnered up to make this map a reality and we’re working with Energy and Water, Student Housing and Hospitality Services (SHHS), IT, Audio Visual Services (AV), and Campus and Community Planning (C&CP) to gather as much information as possible to make this map an effective tool.
This is what the map could look like (we’re still refining it). Those with access can click on the map marker and they will see a list of projects, shutdowns, events, contacts, dates etc. The colours indicate the number of things impacting an area eg. Red has a lot on the go, Blue is in design phase and has a low impact etc.
We’ve not worked out all the details for the map yet so stay tuned for more information.
FACULTY AND STAFF RAISE $541,503 FOR UNITED WAY
Thanks to the generosity of faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan, UBC has pledged $541,503 to the United Way through employee donations, donations from retired staff and emeriti, and special events.
The donations will go to investing in programs and services, research to understand community needs, and advocacy to help people understand the issues and build better communities for everyone.
CAMPUS BLUE PHONES HAS EXPANDED…NEWLY INSTALLED PHONES EQUIPPED WITH SECURITY CAMERAS
Campus Security has doubled the number of Campus Blue Phones to 40, placing them in strategic locations across campus. Cameras will also be installed at the bus loop on University Boulevard, and wall-mounted Blue Phones and cameras will be installed in the parkades.
In advance of installing these cameras, the university approved Policy 118 (Safety and Security Cameras) to ensure that cameras are used in a way that respects and safeguards personal privacy. More information on this policy is available at: http://cameras.ubc.ca.
The installation of the new Blue Phones and cameras were among the several recommendations made by UBC’s Campus Safety Working Group to improve safety on campus. For more information about the cameras and the measures that have been taken to protect your privacy, see our latest Campus Security Update.
REGISTRATION FOR THE 2016 UBC BUILDING OPERATIONS BRADY MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT IS OPEN UNTIL MAY 2, 2016
Date: Saturday Jun 4, 2016 – 10:00 AM start
Location: Country Meadows Golf Course (8400 #6 Road, Richmond BC)
Only 64 spots available. Cutoff date is May 2, 2016.
Register early to avoid disappointment — see Steve Windle at the Tool Crib.
Registration includes lunch from Country Meadows’ BBQ menu.
3 OPERATING ENGINEER POSITIONS AVAILABLE…SIGN UP SHEET FOR INTERNAL JOB POSTINGS AVAILABLE ON IUOE 882 BULLETIN BOARDS IN USB, LSC, BRDF, AND POWERHOUSE UNTIL APRIL 1, 2016.
NPS SCORE REMAINS AT 79% WITH 2 NEW PROMOTERS AND 1 NEW DETRACTOR.
CHEMISTRY BUILDINGS WILL BE RUNNING ON THE DISTRICT ENERGY HOT WATER HEATING SYSTEM BY THE END OF MARCH