Optimum utilization of limited or constrained resources is often a significant challenge. To help with this challenge, a client of 25 years asked us to help develop a five-year facilities strategic plan for two primary sites. We conducted interviews of the operational and support groups, which led to documentation of existing facility utilization and anticipated future needs. The information collected was graphically represented in MicroStation as block plans along with other metadata to show facility additions, changes and improvements anticipated over the next five years.
The next phase of the project included integration of the MicroStation block plans and metadata with our Building and Asset Strategic Evaluation (BASE) framework. BASE is an integration framework built upon the ESRI ArcGIS platform and allowed additional integration with other key client systems including the client's enterprise asset management system (Maximo), the document management system (ProjectWise) and other homegrown information systems. The tailored, web-based solution provides users with insights from integrated information not previously available through an intuitive, map-based, user interface.
The web-based solution helps communicate requirements, elicit consideration and feedback from key stakeholders, and mitigate the risk of critical factors going unrealized. The spatial context of the solution depicts space types and occupancy and enables functional groups to collaborate and contribute to implementation of the strategic plan as well as visually compare different plan years.