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The UniSpace Team would like to thank you for your patience through the System Outage.

For detail on the enhancements to the UniSpace Applications, [click here]


The UniSpace Team are planning a Systems Outage for Tuesday 20th December at 5.00pm.

Please be advised there will be a temporary loss in functionality for the following applications

  • UniSpace Interactive Maps
  • People Manager

During this time we will be enhancing functionality of the applications. The System Outage should take approx 3 hours.

We will advise when the System Outage is completed via the UniSpace News.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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The UniSpace Team update and the maintain RUIS Space Utilisation application on the Dashboard.

RUIS can report on the most recent utilisation of teaching spaces. You can tailor your reports to include some or all of the spaces. You can also choose different weeks, different room types for your reporting. Training is available from the UniSpace team.

We have recently upload the 2017 Syllabus+ information into RUIS.For more information contact the team.


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In the world of architecture, space planning, leasing and UniSpace, we use many area types as metrics.

Here are a few of our “areas” that measure our buildings.

UFA – usable floor area – The sum of the floor areas measured at floor level from the general inside face of walls of all interior spaces related to the primary function of the building.  (Excluded: lobbies, fire escapes, verandahs, balconies, corridors, passages, toilet, rest rooms areas, cloak, locker areas, cleaner’s rooms, mechanical plant and equipment rooms, electrical equipment and switchrooms, tank rooms, lift motor rooms, meter cupboards, telecommunication switchrooms, refuse collection areas, loading bays and all car parks.

Note UniSpace ‘measure’ all University space in UFA for reporting and consistency (including the ‘excluded’ types)

NLA – The net lettable area of a building is the sum of its whole floor lettable areasThe whole floor net lettable area is calculated by: Taking measurements form the internal finished surfaces of permanent internal walls and the internal finished surfaces of dominant portions of the permanent outer buildings walls.  (Excluded: Stairs, acessways, fire stairs, toilets, recessed doorways, cupboards, telecommunications cupboard, fire hose reel cupboards, lift shafts, escalators, smoke lobbies, plant / motor rooms and tea rooms and other service areas where all are provided as standard facilities in the building).

GFA – Gross Floor Area – The sum of all areas as per the Fully Enclosed Covered Area, but in this case measured to the outside face of the enclosing walls.

GBA – Gross Building Area – The total enclosed and unenclosed area of the building at all building floor levels measured between the normal OUTSIDE face of any enclosing walls, balustrades and supports.

FECA – Fully Enclosed Covered Area – The sum of all such areas at all building floor levels, including basements, floored roof spaces and attics, garages, penthouses, enclosed porches and attached enclosed covered ways alongside buildings, equipment rooms, lift shafts, vertical ducts, staircases and any other fully enclosed spaces and usable areas of the building.

UCAUnenclosed covered area – The sum of all such areas at all building floor levels, including roofed balconies, open verandahs, porches and porticos, attached open covered ways alongside buildings, undercrofts and usable space under buildings, unenclosed access galleries (including ground floor) and any other trafficable covered areas of the building which are not totally enclosed by full height walls.

For more information, refer to our Reference Material [click here]

work in progress_2016-02-08The UniSpace Team are currently working on making these figures accessible within the UniSpace environment – watch this space!


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The UniSpace Team were proud to represent The University of Adelaide at the recent Australian Financial Review in Melbourne. To be in consideration for the Higher Education Awards, alongside ground breaking programs, engagements, infrastructure and influential teams and individuals was an honour. The Facilities Innovation Award was won by Flinders University for their new Hub. […]

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Did you know in the last 2 weeks the UniSpace Team have archived: 25 O&M Manuals (Operation and Maintenance Manuals) 3 Building Specifications 365 Consultants Drawings You can now access all these documents on UniSpace Archives. Do you need archival material and don’t have access to UniSpace Archive? Can’t find what you are looking for […]

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The UniSpace Team are scanning our hard copy large format drawings that are stored at Thebarton. In September and October we have scanned over 55 plan drawers, this equated to approx. 6500 drawings. These large format drawings relate to include: Architectural Engineering Building Services Site Plans Maps We have assisted many people and groups at […]

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The UniSpace Team are proud to be finalist in the Australian Financial Review – Higher Education Awards for the Facilities Innovation Category. The winners of the AFR Higher Education Awards will be announced at the Gala Awards on 16 November 2016. Read the full article from the AFR here AFR AWARDS FINALIST (24th October 2016) View […]

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In June 2016, the UniSpace Team responded to our community, now we have an update on the subject. “The UniSpace Team field queries from our community on a daily basis.  Recently we have been asked the following about online aerial photos:” (original news item) In addition to Nature Maps UniSpace also use Location SA Map Viewer […]

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UPDATE – The UniSpace Team has just completed a major upgrade of all the Fire Block Plans with Essential Safety Provision Plans for our colleagues in Campus Services. (click here for original news) The full extent of the of the statutory documentation 626               FBP/ESP Drawings 1027             ESP Drawings Thank you to the […]

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  Are you looking for a construction project for the October long weekend?…….Well, now you can construct your very own model of the Mitchell Building.                     Harald and Esther from the University Space Planning Team have created a wonderful “Kirigami” paper model complete with portico and […]

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