View-FM is a unique read only application that allows plans to be distributed, viewed, and used effectively by a non-technical audience. Users can redline drawings and create “what-if” scenarios without changing the drawing of record. All information from the floor plan is available for display and local output, as is space-related data elements from other databases. Users can create, place and query locally developed symbols and data unique to their own needs. When a centrally maintained floor plan is replaced by a newer, updated one, locally created items are not affected. Powerful ad-hoc graphic queries give a new dimension to facilities information. Through an easy to use but powerful interface, users calculate areas, view departmental allocations, and produce colorful displays of architectural uses.