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About Space Plans

Space plans can start out a lot like other floor plans and office layout diagrams. However, the Space Plan template is an application unto itself, and, frankly, this chapter only begins to describe its possibilities. The diagram you create might look like other Visio diagrams inasmuch as you can work with shapes. However, you’re probably better off thinking of space plans as a different entity altogether, because you’re not only creating a diagram, you’re building a model of a facility. Part of the model is visible in the shapes on the drawing page, but the heart of the model is behind the scenes in the associations you create between shapes, spaces, people, and assets.

In fact, you can take a regular floor plan or any Visio diagram and convert it to a space plan. The result is a visual database—a picture of your facility with an extra layer of tools under-neath the diagram that let you track information about people, space, equipment, and assets, as Figure 26-1 shows. That information is probably something your organization already has in the form of an operations or human resources database. Visio can link your existing data source to shapes in a floor plan diagram. Shapes don’t have to be linked to an external data source; you can use Visio to enter information directly. In either case, with the facilities data, a floor plan becomes a model that can represent your office spaces, employees, network equipment, workstations, modular furniture, and more.


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