Building management software provider Spacewell has upgraded its MCS Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) in a new release.
The MCS 20 release features a unified user interface design and cohesive user experience across devices, and the company says it allows for an easy transition to Building Information Model (BIM)-enabled facilities management, empowering organizations to optimize building management and maintenance. MCS 20 offers benefits for facilities managers but also for technicians, who can access BIM models in the field, visualize them in 3D and see relevant assets as highlights on a semi-transparent building model, with all relevant information to execute work orders attached, Spacewell said.
With MCS 20 asset registers for facility management no longer needing to be built manually, all spatial and asset data can be imported from BIM, and floors, rooms, and maintenance objects will be created automatically. MCS 20 can import revised models, process the differences, and update the information accordingly. A BIM Explorer within MCS 20 lets users consult BIM models, with all of their objects and properties, in a graphical way.
“As we have been told so often, BIM is intended to support the entire building life cycle: the design and construction phases, but also building operations and facility management. However, BIM-enabled FM has long remained in its infancy,” said Eric Van Bael, CEO at Spacewell. “I’m thrilled that our new release now brings the benefits of BIM for FM within easy reach of building managers and field technicians. By embedding BIM data into an IWMS while also connecting with the IoT to collect data about building utilization, MCS 20 extends the value of BIM beyond design and construction and opens the way to create digital twins that help owners and project teams leverage intelligence throughout the building life cycle.”
According to Spacewell, some of the main features of the new MCS 20 release include:
-New BI engine that comes preloaded with dynamic, best-practice dashboards; drill-down functionality and enhanced insights to optimize space and comfort for agile working and COVID-19 policy compliance
-Enhanced operations based on (near) real-time sensor data analytics including scenarios such as indoor climate monitoring, room and desk utilization and activity-based service delivery
-Mobile apps for both building occupants and technicians
-Work Manager, the mobile app assisting 25,000 field engineers globally, gets an updated and unified look and feel across devices
-Smart working for facilities staff with the Work Assistant, providing clear, highly visual instructions on color-coded floor plans for cleaning, IT, small repairs or catering. It lets mobile workers generate in-field work orders and connects with the IoT to trigger the right services at the right time based on real-time data from ongoing events
-Personal Assistant mobile app for tickets, services, reservations and feedback
-Smart displays to enrich people’s experience at work: the same app is used in different settings, e.g. personal smartphone, meeting room touchscreens and large-screen kiosks for high-traffic areas. These touchpoints make it easy for building occupants to find and book free spaces, locate co-workers, and book support tickets
-Intuitive ribbon navigation providing quick, personalized access to frequently used functionality
-Outlook add-in synced across devices when booking rooms on various apps and scheduling meetings in Outlook