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Earlier this year, I was delighted to present at the KA Connect Conference. This gathering of knowledge management leaders in the AEC industry was a terrific audience, eager to learn about how Space Analytics help organizations see and understand their resources.

The full presentation is below; major takeaways are as follows:

  • Data visualizations are techniques to communicate information clearly, and to stimulate viewer attention and engagement.
  • Data visualizations ≠ infographics.
  • People learn and absorb information differently. Being able to communicate information in several different manners goes a long way to reaching your intended audience.
  • The shift towards interactive learning in higher education applies to everyone, not just students. Giving key stakeholders tools like SAMi ™ allows them to be involved in what they’re trying to understand about their own facilities and campuses.

After the presentation, I also sat down for a Q&A with KA Connect Founder Chris Parsons. It’s available below.

One of Chris’s best questions was his last one – he asked me about my favorite part of my job. I replied that I loved the design most. Looking at a classroom utilization scatter plot, I think about how 20 years ago, I’d have to print out 10 different reports to get to that point. And now this scatter plot tells me everything I need to know right there, and I can let my years of experience and imagination fill in the blanks. That well-designed scatter plot is just a starting point for understanding and decision-making.

The gauntlet has now been thrown down, how can we incorporate SAMi™ with BIM? I guess the Space Analytics studio will try to figure that out in the upcoming months. Stay tuned!

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