Facilities Design & Construction

A Department in Facilities



A Geographic Information System (GIS) provides sophisticated software to manage spatial data on the campus. A GIS is a set of tools made up of the following components- Data, Software, Hardware, Network, and People.

  • Data are the assets on campus. Locations of underground utilities, academic departments, building footprints, signs, parking spaces, etc. All of the physical assets that provide safety, security, and guidance to Students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
  • Software is the computer program which allow the analyst to manage and manipulate the data creating maps and dashbaords.
  • Hardware makes up the input, output, and storage for the data.
  • Network distributes the data, maps, dashboards to the users. Cloud services have replaced desktop and print services for data distribution.
  • People are the experts who manage the above and users who rely on the networks to interact with the data and map products.

All of these components are consolidated in the GIS Unit, a part of Facilities Design and Construction. This GIS Unit provides a means to organize and distribute data and maps for assets across campus. The GIS Unit manages the data on assets, supports facilities operations and capital projects, assists in way finding, and supports operational and academic needs. As the campus grows, the GIS services must grow with it, maintaining an accessible record of assets and real-estate. Concurrent with this growth is the need for a well-organized set of geospatial data which provides secure standardized data to decision makers and staff.

GIS, Maps, and Data