Evolving needs for universities, municipalities, and corporations demand more sustainable and efficient techniques for data management. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) enables decision makers to... More > spatially analyze the built environment. The geospatial approach is trifold. Efficiency is increased through automation of current practices such as work requests and routine maintenance. Sustainable practices will be developed by generating self-guided campus tours. Lastly, safety will be enhanced throughout campus by increasing emergency response access.
Optimizing data management was conducted in three phases. First, a baseline assessment for facility management at Kansas State University was conducted. Second, case study interviews and research was conducted with leaders in GIS management. Third, practices for geospatial data management were adapted and implemented for Kansas State University: the building of a centralized database, constructing a 3D routing network, and modeling a virtual campus in 3D.< Less