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NJAPPA 2012 - Campus Facilities


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A talk given to the NJ APPA (division of ER APPA) spring meeting in April 2012. Co-presented with Mike King and Chris Nagy.

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NJAPPA 2012 - Campus Facilities

  1. 1. Facilities & GIS
  2. 2. Who are we?Rowan University GeoLab• John Reiser Campus GIS Specialist• Michael King GIS Associate• Christopher Nagy GIS Associate
  3. 3. • The Geospatial Research Lab is housed in the Department of Geography & Environment.• We support the department through research projects, computer lab & GIS infrastructure management.• Some of the best students in our department are paid interns for the GeoLab gaining experience on myriad projects.
  4. 4. Our relationship with Facilities• Introduced to Facilities by a former administrator.• Began producing updates to campus maps.• Evolved into on-demand map production services.• MOU between G&E and Facilities outlining deliverables, compensation, access to data, etc.
  5. 5. So what exactly is GIS?
  6. 6. Maps.
  7. 7. More than just maps.
  8. 8. Geographic Information Systems• GIS is a system that can “ –••
  9. 9. GIS Instruction at Rowan• Recently approved Bachelors of Science in GIS.• GIS part of Geography curriculum since 1980s.• Full curriculum dealing with cartography, data management, visualization practices, 3D modeling, spatial analysis, remote sensing and web mapping.• Students are well prepared for the workforce or for graduate studies.
  10. 10. Student Involvement• Without reliable data, GIS is not very powerful.• Our GIS database began with a CAD document produced by a consultant.• Student efforts have made our DB grow to include new features and updates to existing data.• Students participate in all facets of our work, from data collection to project management.
  11. 11. GIS STUDENTINVOLVEMENT Chris Nagy & Mike King
  12. 12. GPS Projects Outdoor Lighting – 869 points collected Storm Drains – 261 points collected Emergency Poles – 94 points collected Campus Assets  Outdoor Seating - 146  Trash Receptacles - 140  Signage - 352  Bicycle Facilities - 73
  13. 13. Campus Assets
  14. 14. GeoLab Equipment andSoftware Trimble  Pathfinder GeoExplorer XH  Terra Sync External Antenna  Microsoft Office Trupulse 360B  ArcGIS GPS enabled  Adobe Illustrator camera  AutoCAD Plotter Ipad
  15. 15. GIS Projects Planning  Block and Lot maps  West Campus Development Campus  Interior Spaces  Parking Lots  Parking Re-pavement Plan  Contour Map  Smoking Buffer
  16. 16. West Campus Development
  17. 17. Smoking Buffer Map
  18. 18. Benefits of Student GISWorkers Do not need to outsource work Availability of student workers Cost effective Hands on work experience for students Flexible work schedule for students Exposure to working environments
  19. 19. Benefits of Student GISWorkers Paid internship Supports our school Networking Connectivity to Campus Administrators
  20. 20. Student Involvement• Student involvement is key to the success of the GeoLab and our relationship with Facilities.• Bright minds looking to create an impact.• Look internally to the greater university community.
  21. 21. More than static maps.• GIS is a great tool to have for map production, but it is far more valuable than that.• GPS is great for data collection, but with thousands of GPS-enabled mobile devices on campus every day, we need to begin thinking about GPS as more than just an engineering tool.• GIS, coupled with near-ubiquitous Internet connections, can provide constant updates and immediate feedback.
  22. 22. -MTA-Cyclonebiskit -Hurricanehink
  23. 23. -Mel Evans, AP
  24. 24. Campus Viewer• Web map was pulled together the day before Irene made landfall in New Jersey.• Contour data was generated from public LIDAR data sources & overlaid on campus facilities data, such as locations of storm drains.• Links were sent out to Facilities and Public Safety.
  25. 25. Common Operating Picture• The DoD and the National Guard are moving towards sharing situational information internally via intranet using a web map interface.• New Hampshire has made great strides towards a networked COP.• Coupled to the E911 system, they can visualize both the need for emergency response throughout the State and where resources are currently allocated.
  26. 26. NH’s COP
  27. 27. Making Facilities Visible• Students rely on Facilities every day they are on campus, but often have no idea about Facilities.• We are working with Facilities Administration on some projects to help improve the visibility of Facilities to the students & greater community.
  28. 28. Disseminating Campus Information• Using GIS through a web interface allows for many potential projects that would benefit and interest the greater community: – Campus virtual tours for potential students – Public tours of available art and scupture – Smartphone-based walking tour of an arboretum – Graffiti and vandalism reporting – General campus wayfinding: getting there from here!
  29. 29. Space Finder!
  30. 30. It’s interactive!
  31. 31. Geolocation: will bring up your current locationin relation to the selected room.
  32. 32. Loads today’s events for the selectedspace from 25Live.
  33. 33. Geolocation: will bring up your current locationin relation to the selected room.Brings up 25Live in a new window.Quick peek at the room capacity.Loads today’s events for the selectedspace from 25Live.
  34. 34. Improving the Space Finder• Interior photos of every space.• Using OpenStreetMap/MapQuest, incorporate walking directions to spaces on campus.• User authentication: – Students can have their course schedule visualized on a campus map, with walking directions. – Event Services staff will be able to reserve & monitor – Public Safety can have a COP that will depict an estimated amount of students in a given building, based on enrollment data
  35. 35. Software Services• Portions of the Space Finder application will be made available through the GPL on GitHub. (In plain English, parts of the software will be free for anyone’s use.)
  36. 36. Power of GIS• The capabilities of GIS are clear.• Many potential uses for facilities managers.• Used by many in a variety of academic departments and an internal collaboration like the one at Rowan is likely at your institution.• Students are a great resource and are capable of assisting you on great projects.
  37. 37. Thank you!Rowan University John ReiserGeospatial Research Lab Campus GIS Specialist reiser@rowan.edu856-256-4861 856-256-4817@rowangeolab @johnjreiser