In 1965, Intel Corporation’s co-founder, Gordon Moore predicted that the processor speeds for computers will double every two years.1 Moore’s Law, as the theory is popularly known, has become the driving force in technology for the past 50 years. As computers become faster, more lightweight and portable, it is unimaginable, especially to the younger generations that servers used to take up entire floors of an office buildings.
FreightTrain®, one of Healthcare Technical Services, Inc.’s (HTS, Inc.) three divisions. is a software service that has taken Moore’s theories and translated them into a product that has changed the face of construction management. The FreightTrain® FitUp Module began development in 2011. It was created through a collaboration of many of HTS’s specialists including Dave Watters, a Logistics Coordinator for FreightTrain®. According to Dave, the module was created with a simple goal in mind: “to efficiently manage building activation activities while providing transparency among workgroups.”
FitUp is a cloud-based software that facilitates the work, coordination, and communication needed to support new facility logistics, such as the deployment, testing, and installation of equipment and furniture. It accomplishes this by gathering previous issues management methods, and consolidating them into one accessible platform that fits in the user’s hands. “In a past life, I managed facility activation activities using the ‘old way,’ and it was such a headache,” Dave expresses. “Excel is a great tool, but the fact that it is static and not a database makes for a very inefficient tool. The combination of the database, issue tracking, and other activation workflows make FitUp a very powerful tool.”
This literal jump from large paper rolls and multiple gigabyte files, provides the user with a more efficient and transparent system that allows them to easily track and monitor room readiness. Gone are the nightmares of multiple versions of the same document. Instead, the user is able to focus on assuring that the new building is properly fit-up and equipped with the right products. Tasks are categorized in one database to ensure quick and effective .
During the past few years, FitUp has been used to assist in the successful activation and transition of several hospitals across North America. Hilda Nering, Executive Director of FreightTrain® states the tool is beneficial for a variety of different fields. “FitUp can be a resource for any new facility that requires close coordination and tracking of furniture, fixtures, equipment and IT deployment.” This year, FitUp plans on launching two new platforms that will work closely with HTS’s transition planning division. The new Required Action Items List (RAIL), is a platform designed for assigning, managing, and tracking all tasks required for the successful completion of a complex project. It can manage team meetings and team members, and generates metrics to help monitor progress and task escalation. The Occupancy Planning Module (OPM) converts architectural (or ACAD) drawings into user-friendly tools that can be used to support occupancy planning tasks, such as education and training and space allocation.
Moore inspired the continued growth of technology over the last 50 years. In the last two years, FitUp has streamlined communication amongst all divisions involved in a buildings activation. This has led to optimized workflow which has increased HTS client satisfaction. Dave believes that the next two years are full of potential for FitUp. “There are opportunities to grow FitUp beyond its current scope for activities such as wayfinding, asset tag tracking, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tracking, and facility management. In the next two years, I think we’ll see FitUp move to new industries other than healthcare, such as industrial, education, athletics, and probably even airports. The possibilities are endless.”