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Development of geographic information system for facilities management at California State University, Northridge
The Facilities Planning, Design and Construction (FPDC) division of California State University, Northridge (CSUN) expressed a desire to convert building plans and infrastructure data to an electronic format for easy access and maintenance. The work described here relates to the design, development and implementation of a centralized web application to serve that purpose. The CSUN facilities web application is an internal website that contains campus information such as building floor plans, tree locations and information, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) zone data, and other facility attributes for use by FPDC and Physical Plant Management (PPM) (CSUN, 2013a). The website was designed so FPDC and PPM could easily access and update their records on changes made to campus infrastructure, centralize their information into one system, and securely archive information for the productive management of campus facilities. In future the facilities website will be used to coordinate activities across campus units, in particular to incorporate CSUN class scheduling information so that schedulers can have access to plan drawings of buildings and rooms online; and to efficiently schedule classes to minimize resource use, such as heating and cooling. This project was funded by FPDC and CSUN's Institute for Sustainability and was developed by the author. Two web pages were created for the facilities website. One webpage is the website's home page that contains the campus map with building footprints over which building floor plans can be toggled on or off. The home page also contains the campus tree atlas, a measure tool, and imagery of the campus and surrounding area. The second webpage is almost identical; however, it allows the user to edit building and room information, and tree locations and data within the campus map. In its beta format the CSUN facilities website is being successfully used by FPDC. More applications and features are being added to the website to further utilize its potential and in future, parts of the website may be made accessible to faculty, staff and students. The website has the potential to decrease energy use on campus by coordinating building use with heating and cooling zones so empty rooms are not temperature controlled.