Several representatives from Administration and Finance and Bauer College of Business got a sneak peak at the first stage of FAMIS, an integrated workplace management software, during a pilot program on Thursday, May 3. The representatives tried out the space survey tool to provide input before the program rolled out to the campus this month.

FAMIS was selected in 2010 as the university-wide integrated workplace management system to enhance efficiency and centralize maintenance, space inventory, asset management and service requests. The space management module is the first phase of the FAMIS integration and will provide a base for the system features. Before FAMIS, the university had minimal space data that was maintained. With the new system, the university can now keep track of physical spaces in buildings, for defining spaces, managing space assignments and for maintaining employee information.

During the pilot testing, the representatives participated in a training session conducted by the office of Facilities Information led by Camille Porter, Space Inventory Manager, and Dawn Taylor, Facilities Space Coordinator, to get familiar with the space survey tool and offer feedback on the ease of use. All the staff in the pilot gave positive feedback.

“I found FAMIS easy to use,” said Ruby Haroon of Bauer College of Business. “It has helpful features to view data and floor plans with a click. It will provide comprehensive space inventory.”

The space survey tool will be used by all colleges and divisions to report on the department use of space and rooms. That information will then be uploaded into the FAMIS application. Training sessions for those that will use the space survey tool was conducted June 4-8. Completed space surveys will be due on June 29. For more information on space survey training, click here.

For questions regarding FAMIS Phase 1(Space Management), please contact Lillian Wanjagi, Director of the Office of Facilities Information, at lwanjagi@central.uh.edu.