APWA Book Review

Facility Inspection Field Manual — A Complete Condition Assessment Guide by Bernard T. Lewis and Richard P. Payant

Currently, buildings are aging faster than they are being replaced. This means that building components are expected to last longer than their planned useful life. Consequently, many of these buildings are or will be pressed into services for which they were not designed. All of these factors, and others as well, will increasingly stress our facilities and their infrastructure and place even greater demands on maintenance professionals to deliver more value of each repair and maintenance dollar. To meet this challenge, up-to-date condition status of the building, equipment, and systems must be continually assessed.

Lewis and Payant's Facility Inspection Field Manual provides facility managers entrusted with maintaining and operating the organization's physical assets with a personal tool that summarizes, in a readily available manner, the sum total of all key, pertinent, and cognizant facility inspection assessment checkpoints needed by facility managers, engineers, supervisors and others in the course of pursuing their day-to-day activities of managing and controlling the facility's operation and maintenance functional tasks. The book is meant to be used for formal planned inspection tours as well as random supervisory work performance monitoring inspection.

The Facility Inspection Field Manual is divided into four parts: "Developing a Condition Assessment Program" (defining the need, assessing the conditions and fixing the problem); "Assessment Inspection Checklists" (detailed lists of building systems, operational facilities, utilities and ground improvement, utility plants, fire protection system identification and special systems assessments); "Assessment Inspection Checklists" (abbreviated); and "Supplementary Assessment Inspection Checklists" (safety, custodial, grounds, environmental, indoor air quality, predictive maintenance, energy management and appendices).

The intent of the book is to be at the facility manager, engineer, supervisor, or technician's fingertips. It should be used every day as an alternative to transporting bulky standards or technical specifications. It is designed to provide a logical, systematic approach to develop an in-house inspection program. It should be used as a practical tool in assessing and evaluating the condition of facilities and will result in a method of keeping an accurate inventory of assets. The checklists, which are the heart of this inspection program, will help in focusing on standards.

Furthermore, this book is designed with checklists that can, in the field, be quickly read, evaluated, and measured against predetermined operation and maintenance specifications criteria to determine issues at hand or potential long-term problems. Using this book will enable the quick detection and reporting of the problems that require corrective actions. It simplifies the inspection assessment process by creating a pocket-sized reference book to be issued to all concerned so that all are working on the same wavelength in resolving maintenance and repair issues.

More than 395 pages of checklists, timelines, key assessment points, and appendices make Lewis and Payant's field manual one of the most useful new tools for facility managers to come along in years.

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