The many advantages of CAFM software are often clear to Facility and Real Estate Managers (reduced costs, greater efficiency and accurate reporting), but getting buy-in from your board to invest in Computer Aided Facility Management can be a challenge.Learn more
CAFM and CAD
A picture is worth a thousand words. Therefore, CAFM software integrates CAD drawings in various processes including space management, scenario planning, layout plans, flexible workplaces, moves, and technical management.
To ensure an efficient re-use of CAD drawings with CAFM software, drawings need to comply with conventions for layer structures, polylines, symbols, blocks, text, dimensioning, etc. These can either be your company standards or standards set by bodies such as ISO, CEN, or IFMA. Compliance with these conventions allows you to ease the process of connecting CAD drawings to your CAFM solution and consistently exchanging relevant data including spaces, dimensions, and assets.
Manage graphical and alphanumeric changes in one system
CAD drawings are only valuable in CAFM systems if they are up-to-date. Updating CAD drawings is usually a specialized job in AutoCAD® that involves moving walls, merging spaces, and reallocating assets or departments. These changes are done quickly and easily in a CAD drawing, but how do you ensure that this new information is updated in the CAFM database? CAFM software handles such data exchange processes in different ways, either by periodically importing revised drawings or real time database information updating . This ensures a consistent connection and reliable integration between CAFM and CAD.
A key strength of CAD software like AutoCAD® is its ability to create multiple scenarios for processes like space planning, move management, and asset management. When combining these scenarios with a CAFM solution, you can report, compare, and analyze scenarios to ensure the best choice. Once a scenario has been chosen, the CAFM system will automatically update your database and support the processes with project management, workspace management, work order control, and budget management.
When combining CAFM (Computer Aided Facilities Management) and CAD, you can easily visualize real-time database information (including space usage, vacancies, and emergency escape routes) with colored mappings. This graphical visualization helps answer the “where” questions like where departments are located, where assets are situated, or where free space is available. Modern CAFM solutions include viewers to allow a broad audience to query CAD drawings without specialized CAD software. Even apps on mobile phones can be used to query graphical information easily to search for free spaces, workplaces, or to simply find a colleague.