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Esri offers free IFMA white paper discussing the importance of incorporating GIS into the building life cycle

Redlands, California — October 25, 2010 — A new white paper commissioned by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) outlines the importance of integrating geographic information system (GIS) technology into the building life cycle. Available to download for no fee, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Facility Management offers detailed information on using GIS to more efficiently manage facilities.

Real-world examples showing GIS implementations across many industries and topics include management of the following:

  • Real estate and portfolios
  • Space
  • Maintenance
  • Environmental and sustainability efforts
  • Emergency preparedness

Additionally, the paper addresses how GIS can be integrated with other applications such as computer-aided facility management (CAFM), integrated workplace management systems (IWMS), and building information modeling (BIM).

"GIS can be used throughout the life cycle of a facility—from site selection, design, and construction to use, maintenance, and adaptation and, ultimately, through closing, repurposing, and reclamation," says Shelli Stockton, facility management industry manager, Esri. "GIS is the only technology that has the ability to scale across any expanse, from the individual asset within a building to a virtually global context."

The paper was written by PenBay Solutions LLC, a leader in bringing GIS technology inside the building, and sponsored by Manhattan Software, leaders in CAFM and IWMS software; Esri; and the IFMA Foundation, an organization working to promote research and educational opportunities for the advancement of the facility management (FM) profession.

PenBay and Manhattan Software will join Esri at the IFMA World Workplace 2010 Conference and Expo, to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, October 27–29, 2010. Visit booth #243 to speak to the contributors and see demonstrations of how Esri's ArcGIS 10 provides real-world solutions for FM.

Download your free copy of the white paper at esri.com/ifma. To learn more about how GIS is used for facility and asset management, visit esri.com/fm.

About Esri

Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS technology, Esri software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. Esri is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at esri.com/news.


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