4th October 2012
In September 2012, John Pryzibilla and Tom Sankey from Mosaic Space spoke at the annual Tertiary Education Management Conference held in Adelaide, Australia. They outlined the work the company had done in the field of timetable modelling, used to 'prove' the capacity to handle future teaching activities - for new buildings, new campuses or campus master planning. The presentation discussed a number of case studies from the company's work, and also covered some of the particular challenges that Mosaic Space has had to overcome in order to produce valued results for clients.
Traditional university space planning has used historic space ratios, and sometimes poorly-informed user estimates of space requirements, to develop detailed plans for new university buildings and campuses. More recently the innovative use of timetable data, coupled with existing space, enrolment, staffing, curriculum and growth planning data, has enabled the construction of more accurate classroom space models that have resulted in significantly greater space efficiencies. Model construction has also permitted exploration of the possible effects of new approaches to teaching and learning.
The presentation reflected on experience gained through a dozen case studies at different institutions. Applications have encompassed planning of entire campuses, campus closures, new building construction and refurbishment of existing buildings. Benefits included not only cost savings but also a greater level of confidence in the resulting plans.
The full presentation has been archived in the National Library of Australia electronic documents. The paper abstract is available here: http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/10533/20121126-1305/temc.org.au/documents/54-Pryzibilla.pdf
The presentation slides are available here: http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/10533/20121126-1305/www.temc.org.au/documents/54-1440-Sankey.pdf