Using GIS for Interior Space Management

2011 Esri Health GIS Conference, 07-09 September 2011, Arlington, Virginia

Bob Wiseman

“A custom GIS application, designed to support maintenance of the UK Chandler Hospital, stores asset information, and generates room data sheets for tracking and analyzing the status of occupancy. Hospital management and facility maintenance mangers rely on the application, with added innovations including the integration of CAD drawings, on-the-fly symbolization, pre- and post-drywall 360° panoramic images, and a web-based asset editing module.

“Soon the application will be expanded to serve as an overall facility management application across campus for maintenance and operations including linking data and records from the university’s SAP Plant Maintenance system.”

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley: Mapping Our Future

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley delivered a speech at the Green Building Council on 11 May 2011 titled “Green Building and Our Nation’s Great Work.”  The following video includes excerpts from the audio of that speech alongside the maps he was discussing in real time.

You can also read the entire speech here [PDF].

Video: Univ. of Oregon Geography Professor Alexander B. Murphy on “Understanding the Changing Planet”

“Alexander B. Murphy, professor of geography at the University of Oregon, chaired a national committee that looked at how his field could provide a roadmap to a variety of challenges facing the planet, including climate change. In this video, Murphy provides us with a brief overview of his committee’s report: “Understanding the Changing Planet.””

The Decline: The Geography of a Recession, by LaToya Egwuekwe

“According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are nearly 31 million people currently unemployed — that’s including those involuntarily working parttime and those who want a job, but have given up on trying to find one. In the face of the worst economic upheaval since the Great Depression, millions of Americans are hurting. “The Decline: The Geography of a Recession,” as created by labor writer LaToya Egwuekwe, serves as a vivid representation of just how much. Watch the deteriorating transformation of the U.S. economy from January 2007 — approximately one year before the start of the recession — to the most recent unemployment data available today. Original link: For more information, email”

Video: GIS Provider Lowers Cost of Customer Entry, Opens New Markets with Hosted Services

Since 1969, Esri has led the development of Geographic Information System (GIS) software. Governments and businesses in dozens of industries use Esri products to connect business, demographic, research, or environmental data with geographic data from multiple sources. The company wanted to expand the reach of its GIS technology by offering a lightweight solution called MapIt that combines software plus services to provide spatial analysis and visualization tools to users unfamiliar with GIS. Esri began offering MapIt as a cloud service with the Windows Azure platform, and now Esri customers can deploy MapIt with Windows Azure and store geographic and business information in the Microsoft SQL Azure database service. By lowering the cost and complexity of deploying GIS, Esri is reaching new markets and providing new and enhanced services to its existing customers.

Quote of the Day: “…applying our scientific knowledge to real problems is the payoff”

“It’s true that, as scientists, our basic job is to describe the world as it is. But I don’t think that that’s the only thing that matters. In fact, I think the reason why we’re here, the reason why we think this is such an exciting topic, is not that we think that the new moral psychology is going to cure cancer. Rather, we think that understanding this aspect of human nature is going to perhaps change the way we think and change the way we respond to important problems and issues in the real world.  If all we were going to do is just describe how people think and never do anything with it, never use our knowledge to change the way we relate to our problems, then I don’t think there would be much of a payoff. I think that applying our scientific knowledge to real problems is the payoff.”

–Joshua D. Greene

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