The university estate includes academic buildings, laboratories, student and staff accommodation, commercial buildings for investment and leasing purposes, farms, plus space embedded in a number of hospitals in Oxford. The university charges academic departments and colleges for the space they use and also leases buildings to commercial organisations. The university is the oldest in the English-speaking world and has more than 24,000 students.
The new indoor mapping system was created by migrating static CAD floor plans and associated building data into the online GIS (Geographic Information System) software from Esri UK. Interactive maps now give an overview of the estate, showing buildings in context of their surroundings down to individual floors, rooms and spaces, while interactive dashboards show floorplans, use and cost details.
Lomin Saayman, information records manager at the university’s estates services department, said: “The challenge was to create an indoor mapping system which would provide 24-hour access to floor plan and budget information for academic departments and other tenants and keep pace with the dynamic nature of our estate, which has several thousand changes every year, from repurposing an office into a laboratory to minor modifications such as moving internal walls.”
“The Esri UK solution gives us a geographical visualisation of our estate and allows tenants to report any changes so our central asset record is always up to date.”