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!