Why do I need office property management software?
There are several different kinds of office management software, because managing an office is extremely complex. All are designed to make the life of an office manager easier, with less time spent on paperwork and more time solving problems and working on projects. Here are some popular types of office management software:
- Communication tools like Slack or Teams
- Accounting tools like QuickBooks or Wave
- Travel management tools like TravelPerk or TripIt
- Office maintenance and building management tools like PlanRadar
Who uses office maintenance software?
It depends on the person (or team) responsible for office maintenance. This could be an office’s administration or office management team. You could have a dedicated facilities management team for your company. Alternatively, for large offices that house several different companies, there may be a shared facilities team that is responsible for servicing and maintaining the whole building and any shared areas.
Generally, the property manager or head of facilities management will use office maintenance software to assign tasks to their team, who can then access the software via a mobile app. They can then see their task and confirm when each one is completed. When you use PlanRadar, you can also add external vendors to your team, free of charge. They will have a more limited view, but can still access all the information they need to get their tasks done.
How can I choose the best office maintenance software in the United Kingdom?
When choosing the office maintenance software, it’s important to identify what you intend to achieve with it. Will your business go paperless? Do you want to help a small team achieve far more than they are currently able to do? Do you want more oversight on office maintenance work?
Once you’ve established your goals, you can make a list of features that you will need to achieve them. Each time you come across a potential software solution, compare its features with your list and eliminate those that don’t support your key needs. Trial several solutions and compare the results. Make sure that you include different team members, from all areas of the business, so that you can get their feedback on ease-of-use. Once you’ve trialled a few options, compare the results of those trials to select the best office maintenance app for your specific business.
Can I upload floorplans or BIM models to PlanRadar?
Yes! PlanRadar is designed to be used with 2D plans and BIM models. The choice is yours, it just depends on the documents you have available. You can also upload technical drawings of building systems to assist maintenance.
If you don’t have a plan or BIM model to hand, you can still use PlanRadar. The only difference will be that your tasks aren’t attached to a physical location, so you will need to add a description to help your teams locate issues.
Learn more about our plan management features.
Can I use PlanRadar for asset tracking?
Asset tagging has always been an important task for facilities managers. And with today’s digital revolution, asset tagging solutions are expected to become faster, smarter and even more efficient. You can use PlanRadar for asset tracking by creating custom tickets for each asset and pinning them to a digital floor plan. You can then update the ticket each time you carry out maintenance. You can also make this easier for your staff by attaching an NFC tag to the asset itself, so they just have to hold their mobile device close to the item to open the ticket automatically.
You can also upload 3D Asset Information Models to PlanRadar, bringing the benefits of BIM into your facilities management processes. Schedule an appointment with our expert consultants at [email protected] to find out more.
Can I use PlanRadar during office fit outs?
Yes! PlanRadar is used by several specialist office fit out companies to ensure a high quality of construction. Office managers can be added to fit out projects as Watchers, where they can track the daily progress of their contractors. Alternatively, you can manage fit out projects yourself and add contractors to the project as a subcontractor, before assigning them tasks. Finally, you can also use PlanRadar to conduct snagging after an office fit out project ends, so that you can send a complete snagging list to your contractor to rectify.
Read more about how our customers use PlanRadar for office fit outs.
Can I access PlanRadar’s office property management software free of charge?
Yes! PlanRadar offers new users a free 30-day trial so that they can test the platform’s features and see how PlanRadar would work in real life situations. Alternatively, you can book a custom consultation where one of our experts will discuss your business needs and find solutions that will work for you.
Does PlanRadar integrate with my existing software solutions?
Absolutely. For document sharing and plan management, PlanRadar integrates with Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive. We also offer an open API and Webhooks, so if there’s a particular integration that you need, it’s likely that we can support you in achieving that integration.
Read more about our integrations.