University site license to enhance technology in land-use assessment, asset management
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (June 5, 2011) – With the implementation of its ArcGIS site license from Esri, Tuskegee University is extending its use of GIS (geographic information system) into new campus-wide applications, including land-use assessment and asset management. In addition, participating students will learn technical skills that can be applied in future careers.
"We have a mandate from university president, Dr. Gilbert Rochon, to expand the use of GIS both on campus and within the local community," said Dr. Souleymane Fall, newly appointed ArcGIS site license manager for Tuskegee University. "We want to energize the local community and help them develop a workforce capable of efficiently using geospatial technologies in urban planning and agriculture."
Under Fall's direction, the university is developing an automated mapping/facilities management (AM/FM) system for the entire campus, including its 85 buildings, utility infrastructure, experimental farms, and 4,000-acre forest.
Upon completion, the AM/FM project is expected to provide:
Faster facility information delivery
Better control of the university's assets
More efficient allocation and classroom utilization
Increased ability for more informed decision making
Strong support for the revitalization of the city of Tuskegee
"Another of our primary objectives for the AM/FM project is to extend it, particularly in the management of our experimental farms, and involve the city of Tuskegee and the surrounding area," said Fall, who is also a research assistant professor with a joint appointment in engineering and the College of Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Sciences.
Because of its emphasis on agriculture, Tuskegee University is recognized as a de jure land-grant university, receiving the recognition and benefits granted by the federal government and specified by the Morrill Act, which supports the teaching of agriculture, science, and engineering in designated U.S. universities.
This article was provided by Esri.