Accession Number : ADA302171

Title :   Studies for the Development of a Space Utilization Index.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL

Personal Author(s) : Schroeder, Charles G. ; Baird, Joyce ; Roberts, K. B. ; Cohen, Gordon L.

PDF Url : ADA302171

Report Date : SEP 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 66

Abstract : This report presents the findings of a study to determine the feasibility of developing a space utilization indexing methodology for Army facilities. The objective of this methodology would be to provide Army planners a reliable indicator of how effectively real property is being utilized. A properly developed index, compiled from timely, accurate data and including adjustment factors to compensate for special space utilization circumstances at given facilities, could enable planners to compare space utilization Army-wide or within a Major Army Command (MACOM). Such a capability could enhance space utilization decisions as the Army continues to use its real property more efficiently and effectively. The findings of a literature search indicated that no valid space utilization indexing method now exists. The authors developed and tested a prototype indexing methodology based on a ratio analysis method. This prototype, called RAM 1, was not effective due to constraints inherent in the problem of indexing the utilization of diverse spaces. More complex algorithms and adjustment factors might be developed, but the authors conclude that this approach could compromise the index's integrity or credibility. An economics-based approach and benchmarking are proposed as two possible alternatives to a purely statistical indexing approach.

Descriptors :   *ARMY FACILITIES, *SPACE(ROOM), *UTILIZATION, ALGORITHMS, METHODOLOGY, RATIOS, DECISION MAKING, LITERATURE SURVEYS, ACCURACY, PROTOTYPES, RELIABILITY, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, INDEXES, STATISTICAL PROCESSES, ARMY OPERATIONS, INDICATORS.

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE