Welcome to FISDM

The Home of the Facilities Information Spatial Data Model

The FISDM open source project is intended to be a collection of best practice information models, cartographic designs, templates, and data interoperability tools to help the owners and operators of facilities to get started in building a Facilities GIS. FISDM is first and foremost a pragmatic approach to the storage and management of GIS data related to buildings. The intent is that you can take the materials from this site and start building a practical Facilities GIS implementation for your own portfolio.


Visit the FISDM GitHub Repository to Access:

  • GIS Data Model
  • GIS Cartographic Templates
  • Sample Data Interoperability Tools
  • Sample Starter Kits
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Frequently Asked Questions

FISDM is not a “standard” per se, but is designed to incorporate data from other standardized data interoperability structures such as BIM IFC, SDS-FIE and CityGML. FISDM is designed to ingest and persist data from commissioning standards such as COBIE. FISDM is also designed to incorporate your space classification standard of choice whether that is BOMA, FICM, OmniClass, or a classification standard that is specific to your organization.
The FISDM Technical Committee is made up of representatives from:

Geographic information systems (GIS) is a technology with many practical uses for facility managers. GIS systems allow you to view, understand, question, interpret and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports and charts. GIS can be used by facility managers for portfolio planning and management, operations and maintenance, and safety and security, as well as many other applications.

This white paper, written by PenBay Solutions and published by the IFMA Foundation, provides a detailed overview about geographic information systems, including five case studies. The white paper is intended to be useful for individuals and leaders within facility management, as well as real estate managers, property developers, architects, engineers, consultants and government entities. Students in facility management will also find this white paper relevant.

Portfolio Planning & Management

A facilities GIS addresses the spatial challenges associated with site analysis, master planning, construction and performance of your facility portfolio. It makes it easier for you to substantiate the critical decisions about facilities and capital investment or divestment that support your organization’s strategic goals. Facilities GIS brings focus to previously isolated, complex data by letting you visualize it on screen as you see it in the real world. This fresh insight brings new opportunities to light while helping you quickly assess more options, supporting informed decisions that optimize portfolio performance, save time and reduce costs and risk.

Facility Management, Operations & Maintenance

A facilities GIS for operations and maintenance makes it easier for you to inform facility management decisions that better align with your organization’s strategic goals. Facilities GIS gives you a better understanding of your facilities through rich, visual representations of your spaces and assets within a building, on a campus, or across a portfolio. Use the system to roll up reports, charts and maps to help you clearly convey operations issues and recommendations to management and other stakeholders. Whether your portfolio is global or regional, a facilities GIS will help you improve efficiency, increase productivity and reduce costs for your organization.

Safety & Security

A facilities GIS for risk analysis, emergency planning and emergency response helps you validate vital decisions about how to best protect your facilities and the people and assets they house. Use the system’s analytical tools to discover and document areas of risk. Then you can create and maintain accurate, all-hazard emergency pre-plans and responses, using a simple, map-based visual interface, providing immediate access for authorized personnel and first responders in the case of an emergency. By helping you visualize the locations of people and assets—and how they relate to their physical environments—the facilities GIS provides critical insights into protecting lives and property.

No.  FISDM is an open source project and all the materials on this site are available for free.

If you would like to be a member of the Review Committee, please send an email to Stu Rich stating your interest.

Please send an email to Stu Rich along with a detailed description of the use cases the alteration is intended to solve and appropriate materials (e.g., file geodatabase, map docs, etc.).  This material will be reviewed by the technical committee for possible inclusion in the public FISDM repository.