What is a Building Management System?

A building management system (BMS) is a computer-based control system that controls and monitors mechanical and electrical equipment, such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning. A complex system of inputs (which measure temperature, alarms etc) and outputs (which connect to values, pumps etc) is programmed to achieve the desired environment. For example, as a sensor measures a fall in temperature, the control system responds by opening a heating valve.

A BMS is installed in each of around 60 buildings across the University’s functional estate that have complex heating, cooling or ventilation systems, including all new buildings. All are linked to a central computer at the Malthouse to enable system maintenance by our BMS Engineer, supported by specialist contractors.  Department users can also access their own building’s BMS online.

Need help?

  • To request a repair or report a fault with your building’s BMS, log-in to the Estates Services Helpdesk  (if you are an authorised user) or contact your Building Manager.
  • To request online access to your building’s BMS or for more information and advice about installing a BMS in your building, contact John Atkins, Acting Building Management Systems Engineer.