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If you are in a position to make decisions about a facilities sustainability, you can affect your organization's bottom line profoundly.

-- whether you are a Facility planner, Plant engineer, Director of Plant Services, or Vice President of Facilities Management.

Recently, many organizations have taken steps to computerize facilities management functions, and have seen dramatic gains in productivity and efficiency.
Computer aided facilities management (CAFM) is an exciting technology that offers an opportunity to revolutionize your organization's facility management operations by combining the power of Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawings with intelligent and powerful CAFM programs.

CAFM allows you to integrate multiple facility management and building operation functions such as:

Property management

Space allocations for reimbursement

Space management

Preventative Maintenance Scheduling

Cleaning and Maintenance Contracts

Disaster Preparedness

Hazardous materials management

Emergency Response and Recovery

Way finding

With the trend in staff reductions, mergers and acquisitions, and increasing responsibilities for facility managers, CAFM can combine access to the information needed to manage today's complex facilities. The better your access to complete and accurate information, the better your decisions, and the more valuable you are to your administration, other departments, and the entire organization.

The Technology of CAFM

Think of CAFM as an umbrella, under which are the many automated tools and electronic data you use daily to manage your facility.

Some CAFM systems allow you to tie together and access information contained in databases, spreadsheets, drawings, repair manuals, graphics, photographs, policies and procedures manuals, and other documents.

This also includes just about anything that can be electronically formatted and used by a computer application.

Visual orientation is a major characteristic of most CAFM systems. Their extensive use of graphics and images make data easier to locate or comprehend. Another important feature of some CAFM systems is a dynamic connection between electronic drawings and databases. This is a significant technological advance, because now there is a bi-directional link between entities in a BIM Model and items in a database. For example, if you bring up the BIM in some CAFM systems, and then move a wall in a room, the square footage of the room area will be recalculated automatically and updated in the database. This allows for immediate coordination and updates between changes made in the BIM and the corresponding database.

With BIM files, there is no need to have old, dusty, rolled drawings stashed away in a back room, and nearly forgotten until a crisis brings up the need for information stored on the fragile drawings. With BIM/CAFM, your drawings can be a readily accessible, useful tool that can be queried electronically and accessed visually to provide up to date information immediately. You can easily figure area square footage, query locations of specific items or room functions, view utilized versus vacant space, and measure department areas, boundaries and adjacencies, as a few examples. The investment you have already made in CAD drawings can pay off in the form of a "living" CAD tool that can be used for day-to-day tasks, requests for information, and special projects. Remember, CAFM can integrate and link the many existing sources and types of information you need to plan effectively and efficiently, and to manage your facility.

To address the hardware requirements, some CAFM systems can easily run from stand-alone personal computers, which most of today's facilities managers use in some way. Some systems may also be networked, providing access and information to others within the facilities management department, and throughout the organization as appropriate.


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Mail                    Donald Farmer-LaserCAD Specialist   Don@adslasercad.com
Richard Sanford-LaserCAD Specialist   Rsanford@comcast.net


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2101 Pine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 559-5200
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