We recently published our latest eGuide on how to build an Electronic Facility Record (EFR) system. The purpose of the guide is to educate facility directors and managers on the concept, benefits, and practical applications of EFR. What exactly is EFR? The easiest way to think of it is that it is the digital copy of your building. When you digitize the data from your buildings, there are countless ways you can be more productive and smarter with how you manage it.
MasterLibrary Launches ML Drawings Interactive Floor Plan Tool
ML Drawings makes asset mapping on floor plan drawings accessible and inexpensive for facility professionals.
[Rochester, NY]: MasterLibrary announced the launch of ML Drawings, the newest product in their suite of facility management applications for the K12 market. ML Drawings is an interactive floor plan tool that allows users to map their building assets using icon based stamps that get placed directly on the digital version of their floor plan drawings. Each asset stamp can be filled with specific information regarding the individual asset being placed on the drawing.
If you have been noticing that your IT department and Facilities department are spending more time together these days, you are not alone. Work order software for schools has historically been more focused on the building maintenance side of things. There are assets on the IT side, like Chromebooks and network access control points that are managed in school work order software, but generally speaking the two sides have been separate. That is until recently with the advent of building automation. According to BusinessWire, the building automation industry is expected to reach a value of $215B by 2027. Typically, building automation deals with heating, ventilation, air conditioning, security and access control. The demand for increased energy efficiency and maintaining a secure & safe environment with enhanced user convenience is only rising and the time to embrace it is now.
Last week, we held our quarterly user group webinar to highlight some of the new features that were released this quarter. Below is a recap of some of the content that was covered. Thank you, as always, to our passionate users who provide us with many of the new feature ideas each quarter.
With that, let's take a closer look!
The State of K12 School Admin, Operations and Facility Professionals
This report is intended to provide a snapshot of the sentiments, challenges and trends in the day to day work lives of our ML Schedules users from across the country. This report is based on data we collected via a survey to our customer base at the end of January 2021. It represents an aggregation of responses from customers
across 10 different states. This report is not intended to be used as a scientific study, but rather present general feelings and attitudes across topics that are relevant to our customers. The biggest topic this year was obviously the pandemic.
Our data found that most folks had to take on extra work and were either personally exposed to the virus or worked with someone that was. Despite this, most believed their district's COVID protocols worked and felt valued and recognized for their "all hands on deck" efforts. Budget cuts and the continuing operations of their buildings amidst the pandemic rank as the highest area of concern. We hope you enjoy this report and our hats are off to all of the admin, support and facility staff in school districts this past year. We salute the resiliency, dedication and flexibility you have shown!
Continue reading to see some of the data and download the full report.