Speaker 2: Prof Michael Riley

Prof. Michael Riley • Liverpool John Moores University

Mike is the Head of the Department of Built Environment and Professor of Building Surveying at Liverpool John Moores University. He is also Visiting Professor in Building Surveying at University of Malaya and has more than 25 years experience in Building Surveying practice and Construction and Property education. Mike is a consultant to several national organizations in the UK and internationally, including Malaysia and Ghana.

Mike is the joint author of several text books in the field of Construction Technology and Sustainability and he has published numerous academic papers in the areas of building pathology, property management and building performance appraisal. In addition he has presented papers and keynote addresses to numerous international conferences and is a regular reviewer for several internationally renowned academic journals and conferences.

 Mike obtained his first degree from Salford University (Building Surveying), followed by a Master of Science from Heriot-Watt University (Building Services Engineering) and PhD from Liverpool John Moores University (Building Performance). He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia and is a Chartered Environmentalist. He is also a Chairman of Assessors for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence and has assessed candidates in Hong-Kong and Malaysia as well as the UK.

Title: Use of Sensors for Building Condition Assessment to Optimise Service Life and Performance


The increasing complexity of buildings and building services installations results in the need to understand many individual elements of technology. Whilst traditional approaches to building maintenance can be applied to ensure that condition is maintained and controlled this is unlikely to result in optimal performance and life-long condition management. The rapid development of sensor technologies affords the opportunity to effect real time condition and performance appraisal that can support effective intervention that maximises building and system utility. Moreover, these technologies allow the development of approaches to maintenance and facilities management that adopt information and performance metrics assessment sourced from embedded sensor technologies. The potential for such approaches to introduce self diagnosis, self reporting and automated condition optimisation is considerable. The paper presents some of the existing and emerging sensor technologies in the context of building condition and performance management and interaction with FM strategies to ensure optimal building performance. Examples of developments that have been introduced through research and practice are presented to illustrate the state of the industry and the direction of travel for such technologies.

Keywords: Sensors, condition appraisal, FM, Building services

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