Claiming the “oval” and facilities that include the landmark “horseshoe” stadium, one major university has a campus with a footprint to flaunt—as well as presents a sizeable area of physical features to navigate. And now, OSU (Ohio State University) has brought online its GIS Maps 1.0, a live GIS (geographic information system) map of the historic Columbus campus.

The public website, at gismaps.osu.edu, was developed implementing ArcGIS software from Esri, www.esri.com, Redlands, Calif., by architecture, engineering, and geospatial services provider Woolpert, woolpert.com, Dayton, Ohio, and offers up-to-date information on the location of campus buses and routes, car2go vehicles and currently available parking spaces, and energy consumption by building.

The site also highlights static student amenities, such as building locations, blue emergency phones, bike racks, landscape data, handicapped parking, and city bus routes. And, for OSU employees with a user ID, the site provides utility line locations, road pavement conditions, building assessment data, and building floor plans with associated space data.

According to OSU GIS manager Larisa Kruger, the 145-year-old public university had only disconnected datasets and localized desktop GIS prior to 2014. Woolpert was engaged to integrate the university’s myriad systems and existing tools and data, and make them obtainable by public and private users in both Website and Web application formats.

OSU’s Director of Facilities Information and Technology Services Joe Porostosky lauded Woolpert—which built the end-user application in approximately four months—for its ability to produce a high-quality product in a “very short and somewhat unreasonable time frame.” Woolpert Project Manager John Przybyla explains, “Our broad understanding of the technology needs of the university and needs of end users helped expedite the process.”

“GIS Maps 1.0 brings information that had been available but was difficult to access, and puts it in one place that’s easy to get to,” remarks Przybyla. “GIS is not just designed to make maps; it’s a platform to bring together information from multiple locations into one easy, user-friendly environment.”

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