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Los Angeles Unified School District Improves Capacity Planning

Matt Ball on August 6, 2014 - in Corporate, Facility Management, Modeling, Planning

PenBay Solutions, the leading developer of GIS-based facility management and public safety software, has been selected by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to configure and roll out a new InVision FM solution to streamline the process of their annual capacity planning process.

Second largest in the nation, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) enrolls more than 640,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, at over 900 schools. The boundaries spread over 720 square miles and include the mega-city of Los Angeles as well as all or parts of 31 smaller municipalities, plus several unincorporated sections of Southern California.

With over 18,000 buildings in the LAUSD school system, capacity planning is a big job that requires accuracy and transparency. The capacity planning process at LAUSD has traditionally been a face-to-face endeavor: central planning personnel would travel to regional facilities to meet with the principals and then delineate space utilization information. Because of the sheer size of the school district, LAUSD recognizes the need for a more efficient, cost-effective process that better ensures every single space has an identified purpose.

LAUSD has chosen InVision FM to help maximize the productive capacity of every square foot of space throughout their schools. A commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) solution, InVision offers a consolidated database, enhanced visualization, an intuitive dashboard, and advanced reporting to help LAUSD:

  • Streamline their capacity planning processes by allowing principals to report on space usage remotely, saving time and money.
  • More easily communicate capacity planning information to the vast number of constituents involved in making facility decisions throughout the school district.

“We chose InVision FM because we feel it presents the best solution to our immediate needs around annual capacity planning,” said Rena Perez, Director of Demographics for LAUSD. “It was just as important to choose a solution that we can grow into. We see great promise in the PenBay InVision solutions for portfolio planning and management; safety and security; and overall facility management and operations as well.”

“We’re elated to be working with the Los Angeles Unified School District,” said Bill Barron, CEO of PenBay Solutions. “Though the need for efficient, effective capacity planning, safety and security, and facility management is not unique to LAUSD, the immense size of the district does present its own set of challenges. Because our InVision solutions are scalable to projects large and small, we know InVision is up to the task. We’re excited to see the results of this capacity planning pilot project.”

PenBay Solutions, LLC, has developed the InVision software suite to cohesively address a full range of facility management needs, from strategic portfolio planning and management, to day-to-day operations, maintenance and security. PenBay combines its unparalleled technology with business intelligence to help users cost-effectively and efficiently manage, maintain and operate facilities; design and maintain safe and secure built environments and events; and maximize real estate portfolio performance.

PenBay Solutions provides expertise in defining requirements, creating processes and implementing its Esri® GIS-based facility management and public safety technology. InVision software is an integrated, scalable platform offering solutions that help users solve key challenges at any scale – from tactical to strategic. PenBay Solutions is an Esri Gold Partner with more than fifteen years of experience in successfully implementing GIS solutions for a broad spectrum of clients in a wide variety of industries. Learn more at http://www.penbaysolutions.com.

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