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.
BASEMAP GIS LAYERS
Aerial Photography, Buildings, IOBs, Roads, Sidewalks, Parking, Planting Beds, Fences, Roof Detail Lines, Crosswalks, Walls, Geology, Soils, Streams
OPERATIONAL GIS LAYERS
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