Facilities are Mission Critical
Higher education (HE) institutions assume a wide variety of responsibilities and activities that require suitable, productive, and safe working, learning and living environments. You only have to imagine a campus without its facilities—its buildings, grounds, infrastructure, and associated assets—to quickly appreciate their indispensable role in supporting an institution’s overall objectives. In short, facilities are mission critical, as are the professionals who manage and protect them.
In many respects, HE campuses are like small cities in that they provide similar facilities (e.g., dormitories, office buildings, classrooms, laboratories, research facilities, recreation and sporting venues, libraries, etc.) and services (e.g., planning, public works, utilities, safety and security, event management, etc.). Although every institution is guided by its own unique mission statement, common themes often include:
- Attracting top students, faculty, researchers and grants to advance innovation and academic excellence.
- Educating and preparing students to become productive contributors to society.
- Conducting research that addresses the most pressing issues of the day.
Facilities play a vital role in achieving institutional missions. This means that HE facility management and public safety professionals must overcome the daily challenges that often hinder the effective planning, managing, improving, and securing of campus property. They also need to improve processes associated with protecting people, buildings, infrastructure, grounds, and assets with limited budgets and resources.
These are not small tasks. In fact, they can seem overwhelming when considering the magnitude, breadth and complexity of most HE campuses and property portfolios. The reality is that these challenges have become even greater in recent years. As the building boom of the 1960’s and 1970’s reaches its natural stage of renewal and scrutiny increases over the high cost of tuition, safety and security practices, and sustainability, we find ourselves in an era of save time, save money, save lives, and save the planet.
How Does InVision Work?
Your ability to see the whole picture is constrained if your facilities related data is stored in isolated locations or disparate systems that don’t reflect the complex interdependencies found at your college or university. InVision is a flexible offering that can incorporate nearly any data source, including floor plans from building information models (BIMs) or computer aided design (CAD) drawings, regional demographics and infrastructure maps—the possible data sources are almost limitless.
With InVision, you can suddenly see how things interact and intersect in one place, as they do in the real world—from indoor space allocations and outdoor site maps, to maintenance schedules, service requests, assets, resources, and safety and event information. As InVision aggregates data from multiple sources, it renders your portfolio and associated assets and resources as they exist using accurate, real-time data-rich maps, floor plans and graphical representations. InVision acts as a lens to bring focus to any aspect of your higher education institution’s portfolio, campuses, buildings, assets, and safety and security data, informing essential decisions throughout the facility lifecycle.
InVision integrates facility and resource data and systems and uses location as the organizing principle to create order from your complex FM and security information. With InVision, users in your organization can more effectively and efficiently do things like:
- Optimize space allocation and occupancy
- Assign classes, teachers and room keys to classrooms
- Manage assets – indoors, outdoors, and underground
- Manage service requests through structured, user-defined workflows
- Inform capital planning and budget forecasting decisions
- Meet ADA and other compliance requirements
- Assess risk and plan incident responses with internal teams and campus/public safety organizations
InVision can be implemented as a stand-alone solution or integrated with incumbent enterprise systems, extending the value of your existing technology investments.
How Enterprise Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Are Solving the Complex Facility Management & Public Safety Challenges of Higher Education Institutions: featuring Penn State, the University of Washington and Curtin University. Watch the webinar below (recorded April 13, 2015) or download the companion white paper.