Terminal Velocity FM - Asset Tracking and Space Planning

By: Terminal Velocity Fm  09-12-2011
Keywords: Space Planning, Facilities Management, Asset Tracking

Asset Tracking and Space Planning
Terminal Velocity has helped track the "moves" of technical people and equipment for over fifteen years. In any move, there are many details that must fall into place to allow workflow to continue with little or no downtime. Using Computer Aided
Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM) tools, organizations can create more efficient work environments to meet their needs. When any relocation is imminent, an implementation study can give planners information such as the scope of work, timetable, and cost estimate. Solutions for space and utilities needs can be automatically calculated, saving time and money when researching possible relocation sites.

Graphical Representation - easy to convey information
From the initial "as-built" of the new site, CAD and CAFM services can be employed to help decision-makers by graphically presenting several optional layouts in a short period of time. Space allocation and growth forecasting may be shown on CAD plans using departmental highlighting. This practice leads to the most effective placement of workgroups. Interference checking between building components and feasibility studies of new facilities can be easily accomplished after equipment and utilities are located on drawings. Equipment, personnel, and communications test fits can be prepared during the planning phases, setting the stage for smooth transitions. Real Estate and equipment assets typically represent between 35-45% of a corporations balance sheet, proper tracking of these assets allows for maximum depreciation, accurate forecasting, and defendable cost analysis.

Linked databases can help planners by providing immediately accessible work lists. They can also generate furniture purchase requirements. All new sites require special plans for local zoning and safety agencies. With the CAD "as-built" in place, it is a simple matter to show evacuation plans, hazardous spill contingency plans, and safety plans. Activities that sound as simple as getting the correct telephone extension to the right location, or getting an adequate number of power drops to a work area, can be expedited by the reuse of information in CAD drawings linked to databases.

Save Money
All of the above tasks are parts of a successful Facilities Master Plan. With the present high cost of construction and renovation, good planning can save dollars and reduce the costs of duplication and affect the outcome by making the workplace more effective in its design.

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Keywords: Asset Tracking, Facilities Management, Space Planning, Terminal Velocity

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