Ohio State University Unveils Real-Time Online GIS Campus Map
New mapping tool shares campus bus, parking, energy updates
Ohio State University has launched a new website, GIS Maps 1.0, offering a live map of the Columbus campus.
The site, gismaps.osu.edu, offers real-time information on the location of campus buses and routes, car2go vehicles and currently available parking spaces, as well as energy consumption by building. It also highlights static student amenities such as building locations, blue emergency phones, bike racks, landscape data, handicapped parking and city bus routes.
For OSU employees with a user ID, the site provides more in-depth GIS information including utility line locations, road pavement conditions, building assessment data and building floor plans with associated space data.
Before 2014, the 145-year-old public university had only disconnected datasets and localized desktop GIS, according to Larisa Kruger, OSU GIS manager.
Woolpert, a geospatial firm headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, was hired to integrate the university’s myriad systems and existing tools and data, then make them obtainable by public and private users in both website and web application formats.
“GIS Maps 1.0 brings information that had been available but was difficult to access, and puts in in one place that's easy to get to,” says John Przybyla, Woolpert project manager. “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.”
Woolpert built the end-user application, implementing Esri’s ArcGIS software, in approximately four months. “Our broad understanding of the technology needs of the university and needs of end users helped expedite the process,” Przybyla says.
Ohio State University has more than 1,300 buildings across its six campuses, and had a total enrollment of nearly 65,000 students in the fall of 2014.
Woolpert provides professional architecture, engineering and geospatial services to clients in public and private sectors. Founded in 1911 Woolpert has more than 600 professionals in 25 offices located throughout the U.S.