Space Usage


The Space Usage Timeline card is available for buildings, floors, and space types that are actively measured by VergeSense. This card shows the number of spaces in use in a given hour, by space type, and reveals any instances where an employee might feel that they are running out of space (approaching a space shortage) or, more specifically, “can never find a meeting room”.

Things to Know

  • A shortage event is any hour where 80% or more of a space type was in use ( defined as >=15 minutes of active time usage) within the same hour 
  • If the time selected is 7 days or less, we will show you spaces used by hour
  • If the time selected is 7-31 days, we aggregate shortages by day, and if you selected over 31 days we aggregate by week
  • NOTE: The hover state number shown in aggregated views is the total number of shortage events in that day/week, not the total spaces in use

How to Use

  • Select a larger (> 7 days) time period to identify the day or week with the most shortage events for that space type - then navigate to that more narrow time period to see the specific hours of the day where the shortage occurred
  • Compare the shortage events of one space type to another (we make this easier in our Compare Space Types report!) - when you ran out of conference rooms, did you also run out of client meeting rooms or multi function spaces? Learn more about Compare Space Types
  • Compare the shortage event times to peak person count - is there a "breaking point" in terms of peak person count for the floor(s) or building? 
  • Take a look at the space use before and after a shortage event to identify other usage patterns
  • Navigate to the Usage Map and check out passive occupancy and peak capacity usage - were rooms being "underused" when you had shortage events, indicating that rooms weren't being used appropriately (one person in a six person room, for example)? 

Coming Soon

  • In the dropdown, we will add a "caution" symbol so you know at a glance what other space types had a shortage in the time period you're looking at 
  • Shortages by Space Group 
  • Adjustable threshold to define a "shortage" - we choose 80% because we found in our research that that is approximately when employees start to feel frustrated and that they are unable to find a space to accomplish their task - but we know that you may want to define this differently!
  • We'll add the ability to go directly to a shortage day or week from the hover state so you wont have to navigate there from the time selector!  


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