GIS for Facility Management - Executive Summary

We have been honored to be asked by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) to write a white paper entitled "GIS for Facility Management".  I will be publishing the white paper a chapter at a time on this blog over the next few weeks. A full copy of the paper can be downloaded from the IFMA web site.  We would like to thank Manhattan Software and ESRI for their support of the white paper.


Chapter 1 - Executive Summary

Geographic information systems (GIS) are one technology that has many practical uses for facility managers. A GIS is a system that allows one to view, understand, question, interpret and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports and charts. A GIS can be used by facility managers for space management, visualization and planning, and emergency and disaster planning and response, as well as many other applications.

This white paper provides a detailed overview about geographic information systems, including five case studies. The white paper is intended to be useful for individuals and leaders within facility management, as well as real estate managers, property developers, architects, engineers, consultants and government entities. Students in facility management will also find this white paper relevant.
The paper includes detailed discussion about the following topics:
• GIS basics
• How GIS can be used in facility management
○○ Real estate and portfolio management
○○ Facility and space management
○○ Maintenance management
○○ Environmental and sustainability management
○○ Emergency preparedness
○○ Visualization
• How GIS can be integrated with other applications, such as computer aided facility management (CAFM) and integrated workplace management systems (IWMS) and building information modeling (BIM)
• Market drivers
• Case studies
○○ Space management for janitorial contracts
○○ Information sharing and decision making
○○ Spatial data utilization
○○ Space assignment and utilization