Office of Physical Plant (OPP) uses GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to create, maintain, and share geographically referenced information to model spatial features throughout campus. OPP’s enterprise GIS consists of on-premise GIS servers, cloud-based GIS servers, and desktop GIS software that facilitate the creation, maintenance, storage, and sharing of GIS data and geospatial products. OPP’s enterprise GIS is utilized by twenty desktop GIS users and more than 300 online users to provide services to OPP staff, Penn State staff, consultants, faculty, and students.

OPP’s GIS includes many different GIS layers that can be generally classified as basemap layers or operational layers. Basemap GIS layers are used to create basemaps that provide background, reference, and context. Operational GIS layers are thematic layers that are displayed over basemaps. 



Aerial Photography, Buildings, IOBs, Roads, Sidewalks, Parking, Planting Beds, Fences, Roof Detail Lines, Crosswalks, Walls, Geology, Soils, Streams



Utilities – Air, Chilled Water, Effluent, Electric, Gas, Reuse Water, Sewer, Steam, Storm, Street Lights, Telecom, Water, Tunnels, Production Wells

Management Areas – Construction Projects, Area Services Shops, Custodial Districts, Landscape Maintenance Areas

Agriculture – Crop, Pasture, Wooded Areas, Trees, Manure Storage

Athletics – Football Parking, Temporary Lighting, Keyed Field Lights, Portable Bag Dispensers, Portable Toilets, Recycling Bins

Environmental – Monitoring Wells, Spills, Releases, Chemical Storage, Tanks, Well Fields, Wellhead Protection Areas, Drainage Basins, Surface Water Sub-areas, Groundwater Contribution Areas

Elevation – LiDAR, Contours, DEM, DTM

Planning – University Planned Districts, Campus Precincts, Expansion Sites, Opportunity Zones, Proposed Facilities, Protected Areas, Water Resources Reserved, Land Use

Transportation – CATA Routes, Bike Routes, Bike Repair Facilities, Bike Racks, Signs, Parking Permit Locations, Highways, Snowplow Routes, Snowplow Zones

Work Control Center – Landscape Defects, Hardscape Defects, Roof Sections, Roof Defects, Satellite Key Boxes

University Police and Public Safety – Clery Designations, Law Zones, Points of Interest, City Codes, Intersections, Address Points, Street Centerlines



Physical Plant Website – Interactive Web Maps

Penn State Data CommonsGIS data that is classified as ‘Low (Level1)’ in accordance with Penn State Policy AD95 is available for download from Penn State Data Commons.

People In Unit

GIS Specialist
(814) 865-7868
GIS Programmer/Analyst
(814) 863-6859
GIS Specialist
(814) 865-2792
Colin Grube
(814) 863-3151