Introduction to Space Planner

Available with the ArcGIS Indoors Spaces extension.

Indoor Space Planner is a browser-based app that allows you to plan occupant activity in indoor spaces, including assigning occupants to individual spaces or activity-based work areas called hotels or hot desks. For example, Space Planner allows you to plan the work locations for employees on a corporate campus.

You can create a plan in Space Planner to visualize where and how occupants are assigned to spaces. Using visualization tools and key data points, each plan provides a way to evaluate several scenarios before deciding on the plan that best fits your organizational needs. Planning professionals can export the accepted plan for use in other resource planning packages. Examples of systems that can implement the space planning information from Space Planner include move management systems and employee management systems.

The accepted plan can then be merged into the ArcGIS Indoors data model to become the new standard for the organization.

Maps created for Space Planner can also be used in Indoor Viewer and the Indoors mobile apps. These maps can be used to enable additional functionalities in the Indoors apps, such as viewing space assignments and booking meeting rooms or office hotels.

Space Planner app creation workflow

Space Planner works with existing ArcGIS Indoors data. Before creating a Space Planner app, you must prepare a map in ArcGIS Pro and share it to your ArcGIS organization.

Configuring a Space Planner app requires the following steps:

  1. Review the system requirements.
  2. Configure your ArcGIS Online organization.
  3. In ArcGIS Pro, load and curate your indoor data to conform with the ArcGIS Indoors Information Model.
  4. In ArcGIS Pro, prepare a map for Space Planner to use in ArcGIS Online.
  5. Share the map to your ArcGIS Online organization.
  6. Create the Space Planner app.
  7. Create and open space plans.

Workflow examples

The following space assignment types are supported by Space Planner:

Individual space assignments

Many organizations operate with occupants assigned to designated spaces. In these organizations, you can use Space Planner to view current assignments, unassign occupants and spaces, and reassign those occupants to new spaces. Once reassigned, the draft plan can be saved and revisited later to compare with other plans and find an optimal space planning solution.

Activity-based work environments

Other organizations operate in what are commonly known as activity-based work environments. This strategy of space management doesn’t have permanent assigned spaces but rather has spaces that are used on an as-needed or best-suited basis. This type of environment is becoming a popular space management strategy for organizations looking to maximize the use of expensive indoor space. In activity-based work environments, occupants can be assigned to a general area rather than a specific space. Space Planner can support this strategy by clearing current space assignments, managing hotel and hot desk areas, and reassigning occupants to the new activity-based work areas.

Hybrid space assignments

Some organizations have combinations of ways occupants interact with space. Space Planner can support both individual and activity-based types of space assignments in a single plan if necessary. There is no need to choose one or the other.

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