A screenshot of the Common Plans software | Courtesy Common Areas

Common Areas Launches New Property-Management Technology

Carrie Rossenfeld Professional Services

Common Areas, the collaborative operations software that connects property owners, managers, operators, and service providers, has launched Common Plans, a cloud-based, asset-mapping subsidiary. The company’s patent-pending technology — when combined with Common Areas software — empowers users to locate, create, and share online work orders plotted in and around properties and facilities more accurately and efficiently.

“Clear communication is the cornerstone of effective operations,” says Casey Rue, founder and CEO of Common Areas. “Common Plans advances that idea and ensures that all teams — regardless of their experience with architectural drawings — can confidently work from the same easy-to-read plans.”

Common Plans are customized, easy to understand, multi-level site, building, and facility plans that have been converted from cumbersome, technical, and hard-to-read architectural, engineering, and system drawings. They enhance the effectiveness of traditional plans by allowing users to plot and share online work orders by GPS location, building level, and asset layer (e.g., plumbing, electrical, life-safety equipment, and landscaping).

Common Areas users, equipped with Common Plans, can more accurately and easily pinpoint the GPS location of an issue and collaborate across the entire property team of owners, managers, operators, and service businesses to help ensure that work is resolved on time and within budget. This can be done from their mobile device, tablet, or desktop computer.

“Common Plans helps an entire building-management team eliminate confusion and inefficiencies that are caused by unclear directions and a misunderstood location,” says Ryan Rauch, chief marketing officer of Common Areas. “With the various layouts and drilldowns that can be created, team members can work collaboratively to make sound decisions and achieve improved levels of productivity and operational efficiencies, which ultimately find their way to the bottom line.”