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Twelve Days of CADD Care (Day Two): Space Utilization in FM:Systems

Justin FriedmanDecember 2nd, 2022

On the second day of CADD Care, the CADD team gave to me… an effective space utilization method.

Did you know there is a way to measure space utilization in a hybrid work environment?

With the return to office becoming more of a realization vs. a conversation, there have been new developments in measuring real estate utilization. Most IWMS platforms provide you with the ability to create workplace zones.

What is a workplace zone?

A workplace zone is a grouping of assignable spaces strictly allocated to a department for daily use. These groupings are made available to the department for the assignment of team personnel through IWMS or room scheduling software.

This is different from the traditional seating assignment methodology in that we get away from the 1:1 (occupant/capacity) ratio and move to a more dense utilization, 2:1 or 3:1. The great thing about zones is that it allows each department to decide the target for their utilization based on space planning surveys which define the needs of each department.

While we may set targets right out of the gate, we can change those targets rather easily with reporting capabilities to ensure space is being used efficiently in our new workplace environment.

In a hybrid work environment, we have ways to do more with less or find creative ways to revamp the space we have. The good news is that FM technology allows us to plan and report on this to ease the transition.


Check back next week to see what the CADD team has in store for all Twelve Days of CADD Care!

View previous posts in the Twelve Days of CADD Care blog series: Day One: Tool Palette Management in Civil 3D

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