2022 SAG Award Winners

Arizona State University Map and Geospatial Hub

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Project Goal

The Map and Geospatial Hub 3D Explorer is a customized web application supporting a dynamic, interactive 3D scene. The 3D scene maps the interior space of the Map and Geospatial Hub, the library unit for cartographic and geospatial resources at Arizona State University. The 3D Explorer project addresses multiple goals at the intersection of 3D indoor space modeling, asset management, resource discoverability, and virtual space touring. The application literally maps the ASU Library map collection, which includes tens of thousands of maps, aerial photographs, and other geographic information resources. Users can conduct text- and location-based searches for all sorts of cartographic and geospatial materials found within the library space. Users can also explore other features found within the space, such as staff offices, globes, workstations, and equipment, among others. The 3D Explorer includes multiple custom features, including a 360-degree panorama photo viewer of the space.
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Business Problem Solved

The 3D Explorer addresses multiple problems faced by the library sector, where the goals of discoverability and accessibility are paramount. The tool has streamlined the process of finding resources. The 3D Explorer generates more rapid search results than the traditional library catalog while adding the the benefit of locating and visualizing the specific storage entities in which the resources are housed. The ability to virtually “browse” collections is nothing new. However, the ability to spatially locate resources within an engaging, 3D model of an indoor space marks a great leap forward in library innovation. In addition to making library assets available to audiences across the world, the 3D Explorer empowers staff to more easily quantify and locate those assets, allowing them to make data-driven decisions on their management. This is critical in libraries, where collections are regularly “weeded” and relocated as priorities change.

Technology Implemented

The customized software stack for the Map and Geospatial Hub 3D Explorer application relies heavily on multiple Esri software components, including:

ArcGIS Pro
ArcGIS Online
ArcGIS Online JavaScript API version 4.18

Development Team Biography

Matthew Toro
Director of Maps, Imagery, and Geospatial Services

Robert Cowling
Geospatial Developer

Eric Friesenhahn
Map and GIS Specialist

Jill Sherwood
Geospatial Data Analyst