Best tools to use to determine the best layout of a given area (Office)

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quick_silver

#1
Good day to everyone,

Do you know of any tools to use inorder to determine the best layout of a given area (office in particular)? What are the specific steps to make?
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Thanks
 
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Quality-Geek

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I just did this a few weeks ago. Keep in mind that I don't have any drafting software so I had to go old-school...
Measure the space, then use graph paper to come up with a realistic ratio. I think on mine it was 1 square per foot - I got lucky. Using another sheet of graph paper, cut out desks, filing cabinets, equipment, etc., making sure the ratio is correct. Move the cut-outs around on the floor space sheet until you get what you want (or in my case, what you can live with). You can do the same thing in Excel by changing the size of the cells and using the basic shapes as your desks and equipment.

Personally, I found this to be cumbersome but effective. Since I have to live in the department budget I don't get software that I only need every couple years...
 
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BradM

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#3
One thing you might start with is a flow diagram. Then, you might consider counting steps and time taken for each activity.

So once you have the data, hopefully the flow can align with the steps taken and such. That can be a big help laying out your facility. :)
 

SteelMaiden

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#4
Is this a new area for an existing group of workers? Ask them what they would like to see changed about how their work flows (storage/filing, copier, printer etc.)
 
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quick_silver

#9
Yes we are actually asked to pass a spaghetti diagram..We are starting our 5S implementation..I was asking for a tool on how to arrange the stuff in a scientific way..Are there any tools like that?:)
 
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