IN THIS CHAPTER
Using Visio for space planning and facilities management
Exploring the Space Plan template
Creating space plans with the Space Plan Startup Wizard
Creating space plans with shapes
Assigning people and assets to spaces
Using Visio space plans to manage facilities
Importing facilities data
Labeling space plans
Finding and moving resources
Generating facilities reports
Space plans are valuable tools from the very first thoughts about building design to the ongoing management of facilities after they're built and occupied. Early on, space plans help determine the optimal arrangement of building space to meet organizational needs. It's much easier to move simple outlines around to figure out adjacencies like whether the conference room should be closer to the reception area or the executive offices. Then, when buildings are occupied, space plans help track the use of space by different departments, identify the location of resources, and put those spaces to best use and the resources in the most appropriate locations.
For basic space planning, such as arranging the rooms for your new home or office, the Office Layout template available in both Visio Standard and Visio Professional is all you need. By dragging and dropping Space and Room shapes from the Walls, Doors, and Windows stencil, you can shuffle the shapes around and resize them until you're satisfied with the layout.
However, for larger-scale space planning or facilities management ...