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August 2006

School Governance & Management - Measuring the Capacity of Schools in Wales Rheoli a Llywodraethu Ysgolion - Mesur Capasiti Ysgolion yng Nghymru

Cad-Capture is proud to announce another innovative first in Asset Management!

In July 2006, the National Assembly for Wales issued its guidance "Measuring the Capacity of Schools in Wales", together with proforma Capacity Assessment spreadsheets for primary and secondary schools.

Just a few weeks later Cad-Capture enhanced its AssetCapture solution to automatically populate the Capacity Assessment spreadsheets directly from CAD floor plans. Both Welsh and English language versions are available. For the past six years Cad-Capture has been expertly providing similar capacity calculations for many Local Authorities in England under DfES* guidelines.

The capacity of a school is the number of pupils it can accommodate. This guidance together with spreadsheets provides the method to derive the capacity of primary and secondary schools and the appropriate admission numbers. This method can be used immediately: to report on surplus capacity; where it is intended to change an existing standard number (by publishing a statutory proposal) before to 2008-09 admissions round; and for planning school places.

The process of gathering the capacity information and entering it manually is laborious and prone to error. Cad-Capture's solution generates accurate Capacity Assessment spreadsheets in seconds, with no room for error, providing the CAD floor plans are up to date.

A number of Local Authorities are already benefiting from Cad-Capture's solution and have found the speed, accuracy, convenience and cost savings to be unbeatable. The solution is available as licensed software or as a service.

Simon Watts, Managing Director of Cad-Capture said: "The introduction of this service means that through innovation and forward thinking, Cad-Capture is continually striving to provide its customers with a Best Value solution."

About Asset Management Planning Asset Management Planning processes and the underlying data provide a basis for making decisions on spending priorities. AMPs are key plans in terms of ensuring overall best value and improvements in standards from capital investment in buildings.