Because Visio can integrate information with graphical symbols, it has the potential to streamline tasks where you need to see the big picture as well as track countless details. Planning office space, moving employees, and managing facilities are examples of this type of task. In Visio, a space plan provides both a visual representation of a facility as well as up-to-date information about its contents that you can use to locate an office or other space, a piece of equipment or other physical asset, or even a person.
Managing office space and facility moves is a complex business, and the tools that Visio Professional provides—though vastly improved compared to Visio 2000—are not entirely intuitive. However, if you can get through the painstaking setup process, which is the focus of this chapter, the result truly can streamline the task of planning and managing space.
This chapter explains how to set up your own model of a facility by preparing an existing floor plan and importing or adding facilities data. Then the chapter describes all you need to know about formatting and working with your space plan.