Using People Counting Technology to Optimise Space Usage and Save Energy
After employees, a university’s estate is its second largest area of expenditure, accounting for on average 20% of its outlay. It makes sense then, given the large spend from a university’s funds, that the management of how physical space is being used would be constantly measured, reviewed and adapted. The availability of appropriate space is essential to support the teaching, research and community service objectives of our Universities and Colleges.
Many universities perform room usage audits by surveying rooms over a given period of time using manual surveyors. These kinds of surveys only represent a snapshot of the moment in time the manual survey was completed, and are labour intensive to organise. They are also susceptible to good old fashioned human error! An automated Space Audit system allows you to:
- Quickly and accurately identify wasted space
- Check capacity for operational growth
- Modify the built environment for what is actually needed and being used
- Push the green agenda with intelligent use of HVAC
Automated Space Management
Axiomatic’s SpaceAudit® solution helps move Higher Education organisations away from ‘at a glance’ usage studies, and give you on-going and accurate information to make more effective and efficient use of space. This means that decisions can be based on accurate data rather than a brief snapshot or general hunches. Axiomatic Technology, working in close partnership with The University of Technology in Sydney, have co-developed a system which monitors the use of Lecture theatres, Seminar rooms, and other types of university teaching environments.
Data showing the number of students in each space at a specific time is integrated with your timetable to show whether booked space is used, and whether the space is fully optimised. This can highlight ‘no-shows’ and serial offenders and help to re-allocate resources based on actual use rather than expected need.
- Make the most of existing space
- Highlight usage intensity
- Assign rooms with appropriate capacity
- Highlight no-shows/under-utilization
- Monitor whether bookings are longer than necessary
- Assist with planning for future development – justification/avoidance