At the end of December 2020, the Norwegian software company View Software bought all shares in MainManager ApS. The companies have now merged under the name Ørn Software.
From ultimo April, MainManager’s company name will be changed to Ørn Software ApS in the CVR register and on our invoices. Our CVR number does NOT change, as we are only changing our name. The name change is part of establishing a common vision and values of all companies within the Ørn Software family. Ørn Software has succeeded well in the M&A market. We had four acquisitions in 2020 alone: Pixelwerk, Avector, MainManager and Entro IT, in addition to Facilit in 2021. Together we use our strengths to create a comprehensive range of information technology solutions and strengthening business services.
We give you the big picture. That is why we from 2021 onwards will be called ØRN Software.
The king of the sky has an eyesight eight times more powerful than that of humans. The eagle flies higher than any other bird and can rotate its head 210 degrees. It has two focal points in its eyes, so that it can look both straight ahead and sideways at the same time!
In the same manner, we help our customers to both see the tiny details as well as the whole picture.
Ørn Software offers SaaS (Software as a Service) solutions with an emphasis on real estate and quality management as well as solutions for energy efficiency and sustainability. There is a great demand for digital solutions that contribute to increased efficiency in real estate management. We are fully involved in the exciting development that is taking place in the industry.
We are a fast-growing company and have doubled the turnover last year with over 1,200 customers in the Nordic region, aiming to be a Nordic leader in our core areas. We are also entering foreign markets.
On March 29th, 2021, Ørn Software was listed on Euronext Growth in Oslo. The company raised NOK 250 million in new equity ahead of the listing, which enables the company to continue to grow. This way we can offer our customers an even more diverse range of solutions and services. Read that story here!
We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with Global BIM and KAJIMA Corporation in Japan and Singapore.
Together with One Eighty in UK and the Kajima branch in UK and Ireland, MainManager are working in some exciting projects in Japan and Singapore such as Yokohama Gate Tower, Hakata station in Japan and BIM developments in JTC project in Singapore. We are really happy – and very proud – about this unique collaboration!
MainManager recently signed a contract with GlobalBIM in Japan, a subsidiary company of Kajima Corporation. This means that MainManager FM software will be distributed in the Japanese and Singaporean market, which is really exciting for us in MainManager.
GlobalBIM is – through Kajima Corporation – already engaged in using MainManager in big projects, such as the JTC joint research project in Singapore, Yokohama Gate Tower and Hakata Station 4-chome in Japan and few others.
This is the result of a very good cooperation between MainManager and our partners. By taking this step together, Global BIM and Kajima Corporation are taking a lead in the Asian market, in using BIM in Facility Management.
As our contact Bata Tamas in Global BIMsays:
“Global BIM Inc. initially selected MainManager as partner and IWMS software solution for the Kajima Group, a leading AEC company in Japan. Our group now believes that this software offers unique value to all our external customers and is currently working with leading AEC and Facilities Management companies in customizing the delivery of products and services to meet the highest quality and the most challenging needs of customers in Japan and Singapore. In the future, considering the latest technological trends such as IoT, AR/VR, and AI, we will promote integration with public databases and development. In addition, global BIM Inc. is also looking ahead to the future of the built environment and envisions a fully integrated digital twin supported by an ecosystem of diverse solutions centered on MainManager“
https://mainmanager.dk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/mm_oern_logo.png00Gulli Hjartarsonhttps://mainmanager.dk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/mm_oern_logo.pngGulli Hjartarson2021-01-06 12:44:182021-01-08 10:58:09And then we take… Japan
The MainManager team is looking forward to being part of View Software and the Viking Venture family. We have found a perfect match for our vision and ambition to be a leading company within Facility Management in the Nordic region and other countries. We are experiencing a major shift in the construction industry. Professional building owners are gaining much more focus on how to efficiently managing their building portfolio. Using FM tools enables them to make even better decisions about new facilities and more sustainable solutions.
Who is View Software?
View Software is a Norwegian company with a dominant position in the development of software to support all forms of digital maintenance and energy follow-up. The company was founded in 1990 and has its headquarter in Trondheim. Their current activities are based in Scandinavia, but they have a clear strategy and goal of expanding in other parts of the world.
In recent years, View Software has acquired a number of software companies that support the maintenance of production equipment, aquaculture and properties. Read more about viewsoftware.
With the acquisition of MainManager, we have gained access to a modern software platform that will quickly strengthen our competitiveness in Scandinavia. When we look across our portfolio, we will be able to put together unique industry-specific solutions. Solutions that will enable our customers to realize even greater gains with View MainManager in the future.
Sten-Roger Karlsen, CEO View Software
Why selling MainManager?
At MainManager, we have always had ambitions to distribute the solution to the whole world. After 30 years in the Nordic region, we have learned that it requires in-depth market understanding and capital to gain a foothold in new markets. The owners of MainManager see the transfer as an important part of being able to realize the company’s full potential. We believe that View Software can meet this long-term strategic challenge. View works professionally with sales. Customer Success and User Experience Design are among the company’s core competencies. We have no doubt that it will benefit our current and new customers.
Will the sale lead to any major changes?
The founders of MainManager, Gunnlaugur B. Hjartarson and Gudmundur Ludvigsson, will remain in the company. They will become investors in View Software in connection with the transfer. All other employees remain in the company after the takeover. Our Icelandic team continues to work tirelessly from Reykjavik, and daily tasks will still be solved from our offices in Oslo and Copenhagen. MainManager’s brand and interface, lives on. We look forward to welcoming you and a lot of new users to View MainManager.
MainManager – ‘Excellent in Iceland’ – three years in a row
In September 2020, MainManager Facility Management once again received the Fyrirmyndarfyrirtæki í Rekstri (Excellent in Iceland) recognition by Viðskiptablaðið and Keldan. MainManager is among the 3% of companies in the country to receive this award. Now we have received it three years in a row – and we are pretty happy about the hattrick!
In order to get listed, companies need to live up to various conditions;
The companies must have delivered a positive return in the 2019 fiscal year. Revenues must have exceeded 30 million IS krónur, assets over 80 million, and the equity ratio must have exceeded 20%. In addition, other factors, like the results from previous year are taken into account.
But that’s not all
In addition to receiving the ‘Excellent in Iceland’ recognition, we are really excited about the development of our future MainManager FM version. We have learnt a lot within Facility Management for the last few years, and we are still learning. We have a great team, that consists of a diverse group of talented individuals that are passionate about delivering an outstanding product and service. That’s how we move forward in such a good way.
Big shoutout to MainManager Facility Management offices in Denmark and Norway, we all pull together! Hopefully we get to hang out together again – both customers and MainManager teams – across the different countries, when the world opens up again. In the meantime – stay safe out there.
Last Friday we held a Facility Management conference in Iceland. The goal was to talk about the different uses of MainManager in Denmark and Norway. We also wanted to share what we have learnt within Facility Management for the last few years.
This was one of the hottest days until now in the Icelandic summer (around 10 degrees). That did not stop the enthusiastic crowd of Facility Managers from attending our conference. We would like to thank them all, because we know how hard it is for an Icelander to stay inside, when there is sunshine outside : )
After a nice introduction from our CEO Guðrún Rós Jónsdóttir, Gulli B. Hjartarson, the Manager of MainManager Norway, honoured us with the first talk of the day. He told us everything (and more!) about Facility Management and the effects of the digital revolution on Facility Management as an industry. He was followed by our Norwegian based employee Einar, who told us about Statsbygg (The Norwegian Directorate of Public Construction and Property), and how MainManager has become one of the critical systems within their organisation.
THE DANISH MARKET
After a 15 minute break where attendants were able to stretch their legs and consume some fuel in the form of mini burgers, it was time to talk about our Danish market.
Our Danish Branch Manager, Guðmundur, kicked it off by talking about how Danish municipalities are using MainManager, focusing on the Danish municipalitie Slagelse. He then moved on to talking about Region Midt (Central Denmark Region), and how they are using BIM within MainManager. Our Iceland based employee, Þorgerður, then concluded the Danish part of the conference, by talking about Copenhagen University, and how they use MainManager within Space Management.
Our energy specialist in Iceland, Sævar, then proceeded to talk about how MainManager can be used within energy consulting.
SNEAK PEAK TO MAINMANAGERS NEW SOLUTION
Then it was time to give participants the opportunity to stretch their legs again before the last talk of the day. Elísabet, Guðjón and Hilmar gave participants a glimpse into the new version of MainManager that is on its way later this year.
Overall the conference was a big success. We hope that all the participants went home a little wiser about Facility Management as an industry, and with more knowledge on how MainManager can be used to optimize success, within that industry. We noticed that people were very excited about the development of our future MainManager FM version.
My name is Hilmar Steinthorsson and I started working with MainManager in 2001. I know I’m a dinosaur : )
In this blogpost I’m going to recap a little bit the history of the MainManager solution. I will also tell you about the exciting work that is going on at the moment. We are working on a brand new interface for the MainManager system. For the past 18 years I’ve taken part in many redesigns and changes to the MainManager system. I have to say though, that the current design we are working on, is the most exciting yet!
MainManager version 10
When I started working at MainManager, the solution was only available as a Windows program. It was accessible through something called terminal server. The web technology was on the rise and the goal for MainManager was to design a 100% web-based solution. That goal was first accomplished in 2010, with the release of version 10. This allowed our customers to work with all their processes on the web for the first time, without the use of a windows program on the side.
MainManager version 11
In 2012 we released version 11 of the MainManager solution. That version contained a newly designed interface implemented with the latest web technologies available at that time. We introduced a new process layout that guided the users through a specific process within MainManager. For the past 7 years we have made small adjustments and additions to this interface. Today our customers are using version 11.14 of the MainManager solution. Version 11 has served our customers well for this time, but is starting to show it’s wear and tear, especially with all the exciting new web technology that has emerged over the past few years. Also, the demands of our customers have changed with new devices available, such as powerful smartphones and tablets. As a result of that we have been working on a complete redesign of the MainManager interface, using all the new technologies available.
MainManager version 11 – Setup of sites process
Facility Management is a big field that contains a lot of complex processes. The challenge when designing a FM solution is to be able to work with all these processes, while keeping it simple and intuitive for the user of the solution. Through the years we have listened to our customers while also comming up with new ideas internally. Therefore, when we started working on the redesign of the MainManager interface, we wrote down some design goals that we would try to accomplish throughout the whole process.
Simplify as much as possible
Even though the subject of Facility Management can be a complex subject, it doesn’t mean that the FM system has to be. In the design of the new interface we have asked the question constantly: “How can we make this as simple as possible for the end user?”. To start with we have broken down the subjects that MainManager offers into independent processes that are predefined and require minimal setup. Each process provides extensive help and guidelines and all relevant settings are readily available. We have kept all the things that make MainManager great, such as extensive filtering possibilities, grouping of data and accessability. In the new interface though, they are presented in a more non intrusive way. If you are not using the feature it does not interfere, but access to it is only one click away.
Responsive design is an approach to web design that makes web pages render well on any device and screen size. In the new design we have used all the latest technologies available, to make every process within the solution usable no matter the device used.
The same module on a big screen and a small screen
In today’s world users are used to have access to information within microseconds. That can be difficult to achieve when dealing with large amounts of data as the MainManager solution does. We have completely redesigned how we present and work with data within the solution using all the latest client side technologies available. All unnecessary refreshes have been removed and in those places that need updating of data asynchronous web service calls are used to enhance the user experience as much as possible.
For the past years it has been possible to use what we call the 3 graphical worlds in MainManager. Those worlds are GIS maps, interactive drawings (2D) and BIM models (3D). It gives the user of a FM system a big advantage to be able to use these graphical worlds within his daily work for viewing information and creating it. The problem within the current solution is that these possibilities are not as visible as they should be and therefore are not used to their full capabilities. In the new interface, we have worked on adding these graphical capabilities to every process, by making them readily available no matter where the user is and no matter what he is doing.
GIS map used to show buildings.
You have the possibility to open up a BIM model directly from the map.
One click setup
Our goal with the new design is to be able to offer a solution that can be up and running within minutes. The biggest hurdle in that is to populate the system with the customers relevant data such as their sites and buildings. Therefore, we have added integrations to the public data services such as Matrikkel in Norway and BBR in Denmark. With just one click the customer can then populate the solution with the data available in these services. All import of data has also been redesigned in a way that the user should always have a way to populate the solution with needed data no matter the data source.
An addition to our new interface, is the possibility for our users to create their own property windows, lists, filters and new fields. This greatly reduces the cost for our customers since these things don‘t have to be programmed any more.
We estimate releasing the new interface for the MainManager system to our customers later this year. We are so looking forward to allowing them to experience a completely new MainManager. Hopefully it will give them the feel of all the hard work and joy that we have poured into it. Until that time I can give you a sneak preview of the new design through this video that shows the Helpdesk process within MainManager.
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BIM (Building Information Modeling) is a process for creating and managing all information on a project – before, during and after construction.
There is a common misconception that BIM only means 3D design. It’s much more. With BIM you can simulate in 3D how a building will work, and you can use the tool to check that a building is buildable. BIM is great process of construction, and the output of this process is a digital description of every aspect of the built asset. So, there is some real value after handover, as the owner or facility manager receives a complete and accurate set of information about the project.
The Statsbygg project
Recently Statsbygg Norway entered an exciting pilot project where they use MainManager software, named Sesam in Statsbygg. The goal is to prepare and realize its commitment for a “digital transition” of their building operation, and to utilize BIM throughout the life cycle of their buildings. Both as a navigation tool, but also as key information holder. Statsbygg has already taken a major step in digitalizing its building portfolio and hard FM processes. This includes operation & maintenance processes, procure processes, contract management, energy monitoring & analysis, time registration processes etc. Incorporated in these processes are environmental goals and follow-up for the buildings, tasks, and means to protect cultural buildings and building parts.
Statsbygg started digitalizing some key buildings information and some hard FM processes, some years ago. This was done with the MainManager software and included some of their major tasks such as operating and maintaining their building portfolio which contains about 2800 buildings. This work included creating a Master database for standards operation tasks for over 100 technical systems and building parts. The standard operational tasks ensure fulfillment of national legislation. The Master database also includes many years of accumulated experience, and best practices of preventive maintenance of different technical systems.
The standard operation task for each building part, ready to create an operation plan.
This Master database is a powerful tool for making operational plans for existing and new buildings. The information in each operational task contains the frequency of the task, operational description, checklists etc. One can also add another dimension, so-called “themes” to each operational task (which is a part of the internal control system in Statsbygg), and make a distinction between ordinary operational tasks, fire protections tasks, environmental protection tasks or tasks for cultural value protection. This means that one can isolate and follow these specific disciplines and all tasks and documentation related to fire is accessible in one portal “fire portal” and the same is true for cultural portal and environmental portal.
Along with this Statsbygg has registered all technical systems for their buildings in MainManager along with and room structure. All technical systems that need daily operation are located on a floor and in a room in the MainManager database. By pushing the “play button” the MainManager system reads the technical and building parts system code that has been created in each building, and the Master database info for these building parts. The system then creates the operational plan. The operational planner can adjust the plan afterwards e.g. adjust for local resources, vacation plans, local checklist etc.
Illustration of the traditional information flow in MainManager to create an operational plan. It controls all preventive maintenance task of the building e.g. by creating a work order on a smart device, that gives access to all needed information for the object in question.
The BIM connection to MainManager in the Statsbygg’s pilot
The conceptual leap was to think how to use BIM models to automate this process of setting up the building structure, operational plans, theme portals, space management information’s, as build documentation, energy monitoring setup etc.
From Statsbygg’s database: With one click in MainManager, one can create operation plans that generate work orders to the APP.
What kind of information is needed in the BIM models to minimize the initial setup in this pilot project with MainManager, so that the users would be able to start those FM processes as soon as the building is finished, and the BIM model contains all the necessary “as build” information? Statsbygg has made its own “BIM standard manual” that enables designers and contractors to create BIM models for Statsbygg. The models contains all necessary information for the building phase and operation phase. In this particular pilot project several BIM models were created and imported to MainManager via IFC open format.
Combined BIM models
In MainManager one can create a “mapping sett” between the BIM parameters and MainManager variables. This ensures complete match between MainManager and the BIM information. When this is done MainManager creates complete structure of outdoor elements, building, floor, rooms and technical systems in MainManager. This process also creates a connection to the graphical elements in the BIM sync viewer and the database elements. All BIM elements are imported in the MainManager database, so the connection is holistic. This means that change in MainManager info can result in change in BIM elements and later exported to the IFC file. At the moment, this is only possible for alpha numeric information. This import process must take into account some practicalities which is necessary in the operation process. This is done in MainManager by some options that the user has in the import of building parts and technical systems.
From the Statsbygg’s pilot: A model and the technical system created for that model.
For instance, one can create one system for all lighting on each floor, or for all windows & doors etc. This means that the system creates just one work order for checking lighting on each floor level and one for checking windows & door for this floor level etc. The work order gives the user access to all lighting elements and windows elements on that floor for recording fault, change etc. This combination of “one component” in MM versus many BIM elements in the BIM model is very powerful. This means also that after standardizing the mapping set for the import process, the operation plans can be created by one “Play button” and the daily operation can start. This process makes big difference with respect to quality, time savings etc. for the operator.
The way forward at MainManager and BIM
The way forward is easy to comprehend. The IFC model should be updated in daily operations and should be the primary source of building information. An open format like IFC, is the only guarantee for safeguarding the building info for the building owner in the future. Then the owner can be totally independent of systems and software vendors. BIM models could be a major source of information for hard FM processes in the future, if the models are properly made. One cannot avoid considering the saving potential of the operation cost, that good and reliable information of the building can provide. Especially since the operating cost of the building is about 90% of the total cost.
The new process is more or less automated after import of the BIM model. The model info is used in many FM processes, like Space Management, Cleaning, Property Management etc.
Gunnlaugur B. Hjartarson
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https://mainmanager.dk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/mm_oern_logo.png00Gulli Hjartarsonhttps://mainmanager.dk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/mm_oern_logo.pngGulli Hjartarson2019-02-11 11:35:542020-11-12 13:04:55Case: Pilot project at Statsbygg Norway
It seems like the year has just flown by since I started my new role as CEO of MainManager in March this year. In my former position as account manager I had been overseeing MainManager’s customer relationships, implementing our software and last but not least listening to you, our customers and partners, determining and understanding your needs. So far it has been both a challenge and a joy to serve the company as its new CEO, and I am looking forward to the new year and the many things that lie ahead of us.
New improved version in 2019
At MainManager our team comes to work every day driven and motivated to solve our customers’ challenges, deliver innovative solutions and create real value. Currently our experts are working on a SaaS (System as a Service) version of the system which will be using the latest web technology and cloud infrastructure. The new web application layout will be responsive, and thus suitable for use on any device. Setup and data management will also be much simpler than in the current version. This will improve the reliability, efficiency and sustainability of our customers’ assets and processes.
Thank you for your trust in MainManager and our products.
The MainManager team wishes you all restful and happy holidays.
We look forward to working with you in 2019.
Guðrún Rós Jónsdóttir
PS! You are very welcome to write me a comment!
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Our company has now worked on consulting and implementing Facility Management software and processes since 1994. When the company started this journey, the concept of Facility Management did not exist in the minds of its founders. The main objective at the start was the maintenance of buildings and the development of knowledge banks for durability of building parts. We were lucky to get good customers from the very beginning. Our focus was on documentation of building components, with maintenance needs as a central theme.
Champions of registration
It must be said that, that in cooperation with our customers, we probably made all the mistakes that could be made in these early years. Brave men and women were sent out to the buildings sites to measure and record every building component, ranging from windows, roofs, walls, technical systems etc. Everything was recorded with accuracy and put in a database. Photographs were taken and marked on. We were soon champions in registering and marking all building parts on photos and drawings. Soon, however, we in MainManager and our customers got our wake-up call. How could – and should – we maintain all this information, and what did the building owner gain with this detailed information? We were thinking as maintenance consultants but not of the needs of owners and operators of the buildings. All this information was good for consultants who had to prepare offerings of building maintenance every 8 years…
Finding our way
This was a good lesson for us and our customers, and it should be mentioned that they are still our customers today. It was not until we were told; “We need tools that solve our dailytasks“, that we really began to identify what kind of processes are useful in general management of real estate. Since then, we have learned that our subject has been named „Facility Management“. We have from the beginning, been keen to develop this subject further with great partners in Scandinavia and Great Britain. The journey has been extremely instructive, and now we are in a place where MainManager has developed recognized and tested solutions within the FM sector.
We have worked with the largest and most skillful asset management companies in our market. This way we have learned which processes in Facility Management gives the most benefits. Our goal is to create FM solutions that small and medium-sized companies can use less costly. This is therefore our mission “Facility Management excellence for everyone”.
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