Aug 11, 2020
Welcome to RIMScast. Your host is Justin Smulison, Business Content Manager at RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society.
This week, Justin is joined by Val Loh, the Senior Principal and Senior Practice Area Director at Syska Hennessy Group, to discuss how strategic risk management is built into today’s smart buildings.
Val Loh is an experienced technology consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the built environment. In his role at Syska Hennessy Group, he grows and leads the firm’s information and communication technology practice. Syska Hennessy Group is a full-service engineering and consulting firm that specializes in integrating the best minds and technology to help their clients create exceptional built environments.
In today’s episode of RIMScast, Val speaks about his work in creating smart buildings, the risk concerns when it comes to designing smart buildings, how COVID-19 has changed the way that he and his colleagues approach the design of smart buildings, and what risk professionals should consider as they re-enter their buildings or seek newer smart buildings. He also shares his thoughts on how the smart buildings of today can lead to the smart cities of tomorrow.
Tune in for this week’s fun and fascinating discussion!
[:25] About today’s episode.
[:33] About some of RIMS’ current exciting features and events.
[1:19] More about today’s discussion with Val Loh.
[1:36] Justin welcomes Val Loh to RIMScast!
[1:49] Val tells listeners about his work and some of the innovations he has incorporated into his work with smart buildings.
[2:28] Val gives some examples of what low voltage technology is.
[3:27] Val describes what “smart” in smart buildings means.
[6:56] Val shares what, in his experience, are on the risk radars of occupants, owners, and operators when it comes to privacy, security, and convenience.
[8:48] When Val is in the design phase for smart buildings, does he design with a specific region in mind or does he design for all over the world?
[9:10] Where are requests for smart buildings mainly coming from?
[10:33] How does Val balance the three risks of privacy, security, and convenience, when designing a building? And when he is, is he mindful of what the local government guidelines might be or the CDC regulations?
[11:53] How has COVID-19 impacted Val’s profession?
[13:21] Val shares how COVID-19 has changed the way that he and his colleagues approach the design of smart buildings.
[15:43] In Val’s opinion, would he say that COVID-19 has made strategic risk management permanent in his profession?
[16:43] With people beginning to return to their offices, what does Val feel that risk professionals should consider as they re-enter their buildings or seek newer smart buildings?
[20:17] Looking to the future, Val shares his thoughts on how the smart buildings of today can lead to the smart cities of tomorrow.
[24:27] Val’s favorite feature that he loves to weave into the design of smart buildings.
[25:45] Justin thanks Val Loh for joining RIMScast and shares some of the links to check out in this week’s show notes!
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