Brian Haines

BIM for facilities operations for real

In this post I am going to discuss the top reasons why the Autodesk A360 Large Model Viewer is a game changer for our FM:Systems customers who are adopting a Business Information Modeling (BIM) based approach to building operations. We’ve been integrating bi-directionally between our FM:Interact Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) and Revit models since... Read more »

Leasha Jackson

Improve your facilities and real estate management

Want to unlock cost savings and create smarter, greener buildings? The key is in your facilities. The game has changed. Archaic tools like departmental systems or Excel spreadsheets can’t support the growing responsibilities of real estate and facilities professionals. You need real-time visibility into your portfolio, and to automate tactical work so you can play... Read more »

Our seamless integration with Microsoft Outlook allows reservations to instantaneously appear on your calendar, allows you to change and update reservations and set reminders and alerts. When using the FM:Interact Room Scheduling capability with Microsoft Outlook the tools are much more powerful than when using them alone–and you get a variety of features and functionalities... Read more »

Leasha Jackson

What is Indirect Cost-Recovery?

FM:Systems has several university customers who use our FM Survey module to track their Indirect Cost Recovery (ICR). What is Indirect Cost Recovery? Simply stated it is the cost a university incurs when they provide grant funded research. Our FM Survey is designed for universities and other nonprofit organizations managing facilities, grants and sponsored research.... Read more »

Leasha Jackson

Save the Date for the 2015 User Conference

It’s that time again where we start talking about the upcoming 2015 FM:Systems User Conference. For me, this is something that is on my mind year round as I am constantly planning and thinking of new and exciting ways to make the upcoming conference the best one yet! The 2015 FM:Systems User Conference will take... Read more »

Leasha Jackson

Tools for Driving Down Facility Costs

Facility professionals manage one of the most important and costly assets for the business. It’s no secret that costs associated with facilities are one of the largest expenses on an organization’s income statement and owned property is one of the largest assets on the balance sheet. For example, there are a number of levers for... Read more »

Brian Haines

The Power is in the Plan

What happens to your facility drawings when you turn your computer off? Do they simply reside on your hard drive or local network waiting for you to open them again? If this is the case you might be missing a huge opportunity to give your facility plans a life of their own where they are... Read more »

Leasha Jackson

World Workplace New Orleans

We were pleased to attend IFMA’s World Workplace September 17-19 in New Orleans, LA. We had a great time speaking with facility professionals as well as seeing new and familiar faces. Over the course of two days, we had the opportunity to demonstrate our new Space Reservation module. The FM:Interact Space Reservation module provides functionality... Read more »

Brian Haines

A basic model for numbering your rooms and spaces

I’ve been working with our talented group of AE’s (Application Engineers), consultants and support team members in developing Revit models for testing and demonstration datasets over the past several months. One of the things that are customers are dealing with on a daily basis in terms of both Revit floorplans and AutoCAD floorplans is the... Read more »