Why Visual Software Will Disrupt Facilities Management in 2023

Building functions and day-to-day operations are the dominant focus of facilities personnel. They’re tasked with continuous monitoring, scheduling, data collecting, maintenance, and project managing duties. 

But if next-gen technology was intentionally implemented in an infrastructure, every component of a building (critical spaces, safety responses, mechanical items, data collection, etc.) becomes visualized. Sight is the medium through which building operations are conducted.

Visual software is unlocking never-before-seen possibilities within the built environment. 


Because every building is unique, it is not an illogical consideration to have one-of-a-kind training modules and resources tailored to each specific site; 3-Dimensional scans and the virtual environment are allowing facilities managers to have a stronger understanding and command of their assets.

Old CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management Systems) are organized in 2D platforms. Operating in one less dimension is becoming outdated, restricting facilities management. The rationale behind having a relevant CMMS is to help engineers and other personnel visualize their space. 

But 2-Dimensional representation has its limitations. 

By using a 3D model (called a Digital Twin) as the actual space where the training occurs, highly accurate digital walkthroughs of a building are visualized. Courses, quizzes, and assessments can be also assigned within the digital space so that users can see the content virtually. Without the 3D component, it’s impossible to realize specific zones accurately, efficiently, and comprehensively. And in some cases, on-site trainings can now be enhanced by off-site access and reference. 

Preventative Maintenance

The vast majority (an estimated 75%) of an engineer’s daily on-site duties is to perform preventative maintenance tasks; facilities personnel are constantly looking to save their corporations time and money in this sector.

It’s no secret that binders are becoming more outdated in this digital world. Many industry experts predict that by 2023, 2-Dimensional CMMS will be put on the shelf for a better, clearer, more encyclopedic solution. 

Imagine how much time could be saved if all data and service records were compiled within a 3D space on top of the digital twin being serviced. 300+ page documents become replaceable. Paper-bound checklists are no longer needed. 

Picture how a 3D CMMS could streamline communication between engineers, chief operators, servicers, vendors – you name it – all within a virtual, augmented reality. Now when a vital belt is loose, or a significant chiller needs to be checked by a chief, a hyper-visual software allows for communication to be rapid, enabling problems to be solved more expeditiously and efficiently. 


To take visual software one step further: building owners can use the power of Digital Twin technology to greatly enhance safety protocols. This tech grants users a way to design and deliver emergency response procedures tailored to their site. 

How valuable would it be to have a virtual copy of an emergency shutoff valve’s location? And how much safer would a building be if there was a digital copy of the specifics of critical control panels? Even escape routes can be hyper-visualized by replacing a highlighted piece of paper with a virtual 3D scan: a resource that is readily visualized and practiced via any smart device. 

Additionally, if a building safety ordinance is altered, response plans can be adjusted in the cloud to fit the requirements without having to redo manuals, videos, or other time-consuming documentation. These changes remain hyper-visual by leveraging a digital twin to accurately depict the proper protocols. 

Visual software that allows its users to see their spaces in a virtual environment is disrupting the way facilities personnel view their CMMS. 

How We Do It

Aetos Imaging is pioneering a hyper-visual, hyper-efficient operations management system within the virtual environment. Aetos is partnering with agencies and facilities managers around the world to deliver a digital twin that is packaged with revolutionary training, preventative maintenance procedures, essential data retention, safety solutions, and much more to their users. 

Possessing a 3D CMMS to visualize the integral areas of a building is incredibly helpful for facilities managers and trainers. “The ability that Aetos gives the industry – to be able to walk a space, completely virtually, completely remotely – and it [is] seamless,” remarks Jacob Ruppel, an assistant Chief Engineer at Portman Holdings in Atlanta, Georgia. 

The features that Aetos Imaging has been developing and deploying have seen incredible payoff for their users. “We get so excited about the ability to create custom training scenarios that are repeatable, trackable, and bespoke to each individual building, or generalized over a portfolio standard,” states Aetos President and Co-founder Connor Offutt. 

“What our platform allows you to do is to create a sequence of operations simulations – Step 1, Step 2, Step 3, – and input any amount of learning data that you’d like,” reveals Offutt. “Video, images, files, etc… we can put all that information into the Aetos Operate platform.”

3-Dimensional CMMS are now available for facilities management – a resource that manifests another dimension of control.  


If you understand the potential that Aetos Operate can unlock for your portfolio and have an interest in taking your assets to the next level, reach out to Aetos Imaging today! We would love to comprehensively show your team – in depth – how our transformative CMMS works.

Site-specific engineers walk and talk in a digitized space that features facilities and operations equipment