Higher education (HE) institutions assume a wide variety of responsibilities and activities that require suitable and safe working and learning environments. You only have to imagine a campus without its facilities¾its buildings, grounds, infrastructure, and associated assets¾to 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.). Though 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 and support 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 (FM) professionals must overcome the daily challenges that often hinder the effective planning, managing, and improving of campus property. They also need to improve processes associated with protecting people, buildings, infrastructure, grounds, and assets. All 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 scrutiny increases over the high cost of tuition, safety and security practices, and sustainability in this era of save time, save money, save lives, and save the planet.
This above webinar video discusses the current capabilities of facility management and public safety technology solutions that are rooted in geographic information systems (Facilities GIS). It reviews the many ways Facilities GIS can help HE FM professionals make significant strides in the mission-critical aspects of:
- Portfolio Management: identifying, inventorying, analyzing, and managing property assets, owned or leased, and optimizing portfolio performance.
- Operations & Maintenance: optimizing space utilization while efficiently and sustainably managing and maintaining facilities and infrastructure (indoors and outdoors)—all while reducing lifecycle costs.
- Safety & Security: proactively and effectively securing and protecting people, property, and assets.