ERIC Number: ED225266
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep-27
Reference Count: 0
Space Management: Promising Potentials through a Comprehensive Information Data Base.
Sherman, Douglas R.
Comprehensive facility management databases designed by the Facility Management Institute of Ann Arbor (Michigan) have three major sections or "files": the space inventory file, the property control file, and the building and grounds file. The first two are alpha-numeric in design, while the third is essentially a graphic file. The space inventory file is far more extensive than most current inventories and provides detailed information ranging from room characteristics through information on the occupants and their use of the space. The property control file is essentially outside the purview of normal space management, since it deals only with property control. The building and grounds file has, as its most significant element, a computerized record of both maps and site plans as well as building plans. This computerized approach permits the actual design of renovations on the computer. The savings appear to justify the costs of the system by permitting: (1) more appropriate space assignments, (2) reduced space redundancy, (3) improved space forecasting, (4) identification of sloppy management practices, (5) better bidding on renovation projects, and (6) improved maintenance and custodial care controls. (MLF)
Descriptors: Computer Graphics, Computer Oriented Programs, Databases, Educational Facilities Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Facilities Management, Facility Case Studies, Facility Inventory, Facility Utilization Research, Higher Education, Management Information Systems, School Space, Space Classification, Space Utilization
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Council of Educational Facility Planners, International (59th, Columbus, OH, September 26-29, 1982).