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AERES

GIS inside buildings

Recently I saw this comment on the CFTA mailing list:

None of the CAFM/IWMS vendors go inside the building with their GIS modules, nor do they provide the ability to do true GIS spatial analytics on your data. Typically they go down only as far as the building location level, represented by a point on the map

AERES takes GIS inside the building and lets you perform spatial analysis as well.  AERES got this ability over two years ago in what I think is a classic example of our philosophy of "listen to your customers, not your competition."  And so, here are examples of this functionality in action today:

Second day at CFTA 2011 Conference

I love standards, in theory.  In practice, there's never anything standard about them.  COBIE2 is no exception.  While specifying the interchange format (Excel spreadsheet) and the data in the model (features) is great, what's totally "ungreat" is the flexibility of user-defined columns.  Which is really all useful columns, since only the most basic columns are in the COBIE2 standard.  I predict this is going to bite someone, so let's play out a scenario.

First Day at CFTA 2011 Conference

David and I just finished up our first day at the 2011 CFTA Annual Conference.  BIM was on the minds of folks from Oregon to Texas to Florida, and understandably so: the promise of delivering more efficient structures at lower cost and with less duplicated effort is attractive.  But the reality on the ground showed real challenges that must be overcome before that promise will yield.  First among those is getting all the stakeholders to agree to BIM, especially as part of IPD.  Clyne Curtis raised the question on the heels of Bob Middlebrook's keynote presentation: what do I do with vendors who just don't "buy it" and won't facilitate IPD?  Bob's answer was disheartening: convince them or fire them.

AERES 8.1.0 released!

We're pleased to announce general availability for AERES 8.1.0, ideacode's comprehensive campus facilities management (FM) application!  While we've made many small improvements in this version, the major new feature is GIS feature search.

In a nutshell, an AERES user can now create and share custom reports that includes data from uploaded GIS documents, such as shape files.  These screen shots show a report on campus trees in average condition, then shows those trees plotted on a map.  Campus landscapers and arborists can collaborate with reports like this to identify and visually locate trees that may need further attention.

Why AERES for Facilities Management?

The facilitiles management market has plenty of good, quality software products.  Archibus, FAMIS, etc.  So what makes AERES different? 

Well, AERES was developed in collaboration with North Carolina State University because these other products did not meet their specific needs.  The dynamics of a university are different than a company, or a hospital, or a power plant.  These other packages try to meet all those markets at once, while not reflecting the unique needs of any.

AERES is different.  AERES specifically addresses the needs of colleges and universities.  We built AERES recognizing the fiscal, legal, and structural constraints of colleges, universities, and systems of schools.  The benefit of this approach?  Your school gets all the features it needs, and none of the features it doesn't need.

We also built AERES recognizing that not every school is the same.  We start from the AERES core, then tailor AERES to meet your specific data and workflow needs.  Rather than forcing you to fit into AERES, we bend AERES to fit you.  And because we engineered AERES to bend in this way, you don't have to pay a fortune for customization.

What folks are saying

Don't take our word for it.  Check out what others are saying about AERES:

"I find AERES is a very useful and well-structured tool."
"I find the system to be quite user friendly."
"Very beneficial to the University!"

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