The industry of real estate, infrastructure, and facilities management connects organizations to many technologies and practices. Our Glossary is your guide to tech and terminology.



What is an Integrated Workplace Management System?


ARCHIBUS manages all of your assets on one platform… but what are assets?


What is Computer aided facility management?


What is Facilities Management software?




Organize your work space into interactive floor plans



Integrate data from ERP systems, like human resources data, into your ARCHIBUS system



Collect big data through sensors, cameras, and other smart technologies

Building Information Modeling


Drill into interactive 3D models of buildings, systems, and equipment



Drill into data using maps as your interface


What is CAD?

CAD, or computer-aided design, is a technology that automates drafting, and is used for creating either 2D or 3D models. CAD is used to visually represent buildings, landscapes, equipment, and floor plans in accurate digital models.

ARCHIBUS integrates with CAD to make these digital models interactive. The idea is that you can click on a point of interest on a digital model of a building, for example, and then ARCHIBUS will give you relevant information on that area. Essentially, ARCHIBUS turns CAD models into a data interface.

This combination of CAD with data is known as Building Information Modeling (BIM). Whether you want to see who is assigned to an office by clicking on a floorplan, or see what the maintenance history looks like for one of your ventilation systems, BIM has transformed the way we manage our built environment.

What is an ERP System?

Enterprise Resource Planning systems sort organizational data, such as financial and human resources data, into management platforms and systems. They do not cover the same breadth of information as in an EIM or IWMS system, however, especially when it comes to the data, technology, and reporting that ARCHIBUS provides on facilities and real estate management.

ARCHIBUS integrates with ERP systems so that you can pull ERP data in along with facility and real estate data, providing a central platform. This provides a deeper view or an enterprise, while also simplifying a multiple system environment by letting all databases run through a single, manageable, ARCHIBUS platform.

What is IoT?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.

A thing, in the Internet of Things, can be a person with a heart monitor implant, a farm animal with a biochip transponder, an automobile that has built-in sensors to alert the driver when tire pressure is low — or any other natural or man-made object that can be assigned an IP address and provided with the ability to transfer data over a network.

IoT has evolved from the convergence of wireless technologies, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), microservices and the internet. The convergence has helped tear down the silo walls between operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT), allowing unstructured machine-generated data to be analyzed for insights that will drive improvements.

Kevin Ashton, cofounder and executive director of the Auto-ID Center at MIT, first mentioned the Internet of Things in a presentation he made to Procter & Gamble in 1999. Here’s how Ashton explains the potential of the Internet of Things.

What is BIM?

BIM (Building Information Modeling) is the process of combining 2D and 3D models of buildings and equipment, with the data required to properly manage these assets. BIM empowers managers and staff to drill into asset data by locating it on a model, and then clicking on it to discover relevant information.

Users can click on an office to find out who is assigned to it, tap an MRI machine to look up its maintenance history, or access the lease data for a particular building. BIM in essence, is the ultimate visual interface for facilities and real estate management data.

What is GIS?

A geographic information system (GIS) lets us visualize buildings and properties through interactive maps.
This empowers organizations to drill into assets from a broad visual scale, and navigate data by zeroing in on assets from above.
View important asset data like energy use and operational cost by clicking on specific regions or facilities from a satellite view.

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