Space - the final frontier   

Space within university campuses is at a premium and all too often the perceived solution is just to build more premises rather than utilising rooms, lecture halls and offices in the most effective ways possible.


Effective space utilisation can proactively manage a limited resource in order to support academic activity, minimise costs and achieve efficient use of a university’s estate. Not only can it provide measurable benefits financially and allow funds to be used elsewhere, it can also enhance the day-to-day experience of students and staff.


Space allocation should be planned on the basis of functional need rather than hierarchical structures. The problem of inefficient space utilisation often arises from traditional room booking systems, where staff simply reserve a preferred location throughout the academic year well in advance, with scant regard for whether 200 or 20 people will be using it. This means that others are left with rooms that are unsuitable for their needs, or cannot find a room to book despite unused ones sitting empty.


All for one


Space should be utilised for the benefit of everyone and by developing a sound knowledge of an estate and gathering intelligent information, it is possible to enhance operational effectiveness. 


As well as helping to optimise comfort conditions, enhance wellbeing and save energy, a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) can use the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) to connect previously isolated building services technologies. For instance, Trend’s pioneering IQ®VISION integrates controllers, third party smart devices and internet protocols into a platform that uses IoT functionality to optimise university estates.


Get yourself connected


The traditional approach to building services design is based on the deployment of individual systems, each with their own endpoints, controllers, servers and cabling infrastructure. However, an intelligent, smart or connected building creates a single network that acts as a fully integrated whole, not as a set of disparate functions with different purposes.


Chris Baldwin, Key Account Manager at Trend, explains, ‘When it comes to space utilisation, integrating a room booking system into IQ®VISION provides two sources of data that can work together. The former can identify whether a room is booked, while the latter can ascertain whether the room is occupied and what concentration of people there are using it.’


‘This information can then be used for forward planning and scheduling, helping to decide where reconfiguration of existing space, change of occupancy or vacation of space is necessary. This creates flexible workspaces that can also improve productivity and lower operating costs.’


Find out more


If you would like to find out more about the features and benefits of IQ®VISION please call or email Chris Baldwin on 07976663153 or or visit


Alternatively, you can contact the Trend team by clicking here.​

Published  on  04/09/2018  by  James Tate
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