If you find yourself always asking for directions, or struggle to navigate your way around the many buildings at Stellenbosch University (SU), then the new interactive campus map is just the thing you need.
A team from Facilities Management in collaboration with Information Technology at SU, along with Esri South Africa, have developed a customised campus map application, which students, prospective students, parents and the broader Stellenbosch community can use to explore the campus. With this map, you can learn about the various locations, their surroundings and places of interest.
The new interactive campus map is a unique tool to help people orientate themselves and guide them around campus.
Facilities Management's Development, Planning and Design (DPD) department started in April 2019 with discussions regarding their vision to develop an interactive campus map where information is obtained from one central source. It is envisaged that Stellenbosch University will become the first institution in South Africa to design and develop a map of this calibre that will benefit the whole university community.
The map is extremely user-friendly and you do not have to be computer literate to use it for navigation.
Some of the key features of the new interactive campus map include a scale bar and a tool panel that contains the search, layer list, print and draw and measurement tools. The map also has a search tool that will allow you to search or browse for Stellenbosch University facility types such as parking areas, libraries, faculty buildings and campus destinations on all four campuses.
The new interactive campus map has been designed with an ArcGIS Web Application Builder framework, which will ensure less data usage in comparison to navigational tools such as Google Maps.
The interactive campus map comes with a comprehensive user guide that provides more information on all the navigational tools featured on the map. The campus map can be customised and further developed as new needs emerge.
As the map is used, users are invited to come up with new suggestions and comments to improve it. Comments and suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view and find out more about the campus map, visit https://campusmap.sun.ac.za/.