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Part: IV Case Studies > Case Study: FMS—Monitor and Control

Chapter 26. Case Study: FMS—Monitor and Control

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In Chapter 24, we looked at SVG for the Architectural Engineering Construction industry (AEC), and in Chapter 25, for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Web-mapping systems. In this chapter, we want to look at an application area that falls at the intersection of GIS and AEC—Facilities Management Systems (FMS). FMS covers a broad spectrum of issues, and its definition can be a bit hazy. However, one of the most common and easiest understood applications of FMS revolves around office building maintenance and management. Essentially, FMS is the use of building maps to connect facilities and assets to floor plan locations. Viewed from a geometric perspective, FMS is simply GIS restricted to a smaller world, where assets are building-referenced instead of geo-referenced. Viewed from a timeline perspective, FMS is concerned with the life of a building after birth. As AEC hands over a new building, the owner would ideally take possession with FMS in hand.


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