What is facility management software?
Facility management software allows facility managers to make many of their processes digital, from inventory checks to cleaning logs and maintenance procedures. Overall, it should help facility managers to save time, optimise resources and ensure that their facilities run smoothly, with as little downtime as possible. There are different types of facility management software, also known as CAFM software, available, so you should consider exactly what your FM team needs before making an investment.
Why should I use predictive maintenance software?
When you’re running a busy facility, it’s easy to let preventative maintenance slip. Urgent repairs and other pressing needs take priority, so things that can wait, end up waiting. This is risky because putting off preventative maintenance makes a breakdown more likely. It also means that your facility might not always be compliant, as you wait for the last minute to arrange an important servicing. Predictive maintenance software helps you to schedule time for preventative maintenance using recurring reminders. It can also be set to alert an external contractor automatically after a set period of time so that they know to schedule a visit to your facility. Predictive maintenance software can also help you to identify patterns in breakdowns so that you know exactly how long equipment can go without being serviced, or give you a heads-up that all items of a certain date might need to be replaced. The possibilities are endless, so get in touch today to find out more.
How can I choose the best facility management software in the United Kingdom?
Before you can choose the best facility management software, you need to identify what you and your team need. Decide which features are essential and which would be nice to have. The next step is researching the existing software on the market. You can then use your list of essential features to create a shortlist. Test software by attending demos or webinars, using free trial accounts and requesting prices from facility management software providers. Don’t forget to consider the amount of training you’ll need in order to get started, and whether the level of support on offer works for you. Finally, compare the offers and features available to make an informed choice.
Can facility management software use BIM?
While some facility management apps don’t use plans or blueprints at all, others, like PlanRadar, give facility managers the option to use both BIM models and 2D drawings. This is helpful when FM teams need to pin an issue to an exact location for an external vendor to resolve, or when they need to access data about an object on-site, like the installation date or the date of the last maintenance check. This lets you maintain a digital twin of your facility. PlanRadar also allows users to add geolocation for properties that are very large and where teams might need more context to work efficiently.
Why should I choose a cloud-based facility management software?
Cloud-based facility management software has a few different benefits. First of all, any data you collect is added to the Cloud and can be accessed by other team members in real-time. Secondly, by choosing reliable cloud-based software, you don’t have to worry about maintaining your own servers. The best cloud-based facility management apps take care of your data to the highest security standards so you can rest easy.
Can I use PlanRadar to manage fire safety at my facility?
Yes. PlanRadar can support you when carrying out fire safety inspections or audits at your facility. Either use our pre-built fire safety audit template or create a custom version that collects all the specific data you need. Make sure fire extinguishers are properly maintained and replaced, check fire doors and make sure exit routes are clearly marked. You can also use PlanRadar to collaborate with fire safety experts as they install fire prevention features in your facility.
Read more about using PlanRadar for fire safety.
Can I integrate PlanRadar with my existing digital facility management solutions?
Yes. PlanRadar offers users an open API and webhooks, so if there’s a specific integration that you’re looking for, we can help you make it work. To make document sharing and plan management even easier, PlanRadar also integrates with Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive.
Read more about PlanRadar’s integrations
Is there a free trial of PlanRadar’s facility management software?
Yes, you can access a 30-day free trial of PlanRadar to try the software and test how it would work for your business. You can also contact our team for a free demonstration and consultation that will be tailored to your sector. You can then ask any specific questions that you might have.
Does PlanRadar have an office in Great Britain?
Yes, our UK office is located at 24/25 The Shard, Office 25.05, 32 London Bridge Street, London SE1 9SG, United Kingdom. Please contact us in advance by phone to make an appointment: +44 20 396 629 06.