Penn State’s main University Park campus spans nearly 8,000 acres, all of which is mapped out in realistic 3D detail on the interactive map. On desktop or mobile device, online visitors can easily toggle map categories on and off, highlighting desired information from parking to locating athletics buildings, transportation, dining, ADA accessible routes and entrances, construction, recreation and new student orientation, among other resources. Map users can also dive right into campus by selecting the 360-degree panoramic images – including one at the center of Beaver Stadium on a packed night – providing an immersive experience like no other.
An announcement by Penn State described the inter-department collaboration on the project and future plans for the new interactive map and virtual tour platform:
“The interactive maps will provide students and visitors with a modern, mobile-friendly experience for anyone planning a visit to a Penn State campus,” said Lawrence Lokman, vice president for Strategic Communications.
“Features planned for University Park will include real-time information on bus locations and computer lab availability to assist students. Additional features will include walking tours that will help visitors find their way around campus and a 3D virtual tour to bring the campus to life from anywhere in the world.”
“This project is another example of Penn State’s commitment to use technology for powerful change, and we’re pleased to play a critical leadership role in this effort,” said Michael Kubit, vice president for Information Technology and chief information officer.
“Maps also will include up-to-date information about campus events such as student arrival days, commencement, new student orientation, Homecoming, and arts and athletic events. Map users are encouraged to check back often, as new features will continue to be added over time.”
Penn State’s Concept3D platform includes several unique features, including real-time data feeds, the availability of computers for the majority of computer labs across the system and University Park has live transit feeds, the “Get This View” function, which gives any map visitor the ability to grab and share a specific point or area of the interactive map, and point-to-point wayfinding which provides address-entry and drag-and-drop points for easy campus navigation.
Using the map’s geospatial capabilities, Penn State has also built one virtual campus tour, a 360° Tour and two Map Tours: a general campus tour and a tour starting from the famous Nittany Lion Inn.
“Penn State’s launch really demonstrates the power, flexibility and utility of the Concept3D platform. It shows how the technology can bring any physical space – large or small – online in an intuitive and attractive presentation that’s both useful and fun to explore,” said Gordon Boyes, Concept3D CEO. “We’re extremely proud to welcome Penn State to the Concept3D family, and are confident that the platform will help create new interest from prospective students while serving the current student body along with parents, staff, alumni and visitors.”