Today @ Colorado State has been replaced by SOURCE. This site exists as an archive of Today @ Colorado State stories between January 1, 2009 and September 8, 2014.

Announcements

CSU launches new Campus Maps web site

February 22, 2011

CSU's Department of Web Communications has added useful map overlays, click-drag and zoom capabilities, and the familiar Google Maps interface to the university's Campus Maps web site.

Campus Maps receives interactive facelift

Previous Campus Maps Website

With nearly 750,000 views a year, the CSU Maps web site is a popular web destination, particularly in the first few days of each academic term. With new buildings now dotting our landscape, including the new Athletics facilities, Academic Instruction Building, Diagnostic Medicine Center, and Lake Street Parking Garage, an upgrade was required, and new interactive features were a part of that upgrade.

Current feature set extended

Featuring a static, three-dimensional rendering of campus, the current map allows only one level of zoom and only highlights the building name when clicked from a single list of buildings.

The new maps site features several enhancements to the user experience and provides much more data to the user:

New CSU Maps Website

  • Building Locator: simply type the first few letters of a building's name and that building will pop up on the map as a highlighted pinpoint.
  • Select a building's pinpoint and reveal a photograph of the building, lists of departments within and web links related to that building.
  • Google Maps Interface: views include standard map, as well as satellite and terrain, plus useful, well known user controls such as zoom and pan.
  • Overlays: clicking the Parking or the Construction Overlay buttons will add that information to the map, regardless of your zoom level or pan location.
  • Categorized Buildings List: this slide-out allows quick categorized access to building lists; clicking automatically selects that buiding's pinpoint.
Simultaneous mobile version launch

Steve Tranby, web applications developer in the Department of Web Communications, says "by moving all of the map data to a database, not only will the site be easier to maintain in the future but it will also be much easier to make a version just for smartphones." In fact, a version of the maps website tailored for mobile devices is also available. Point your smart phone's web browser to m.colostate.edu to see for yourself.

New detail views are now available

Site launched in "beta release" – feedback welcome

The new site is live at maps.colostate.edu but feedback is still being requested, due to the large increase in data on this new site, and the myriad sources for those data. Please observe your building's popup information and make use of the feedback link at the bottom of the new site to suggest additions or edits.

Partnership with student employees

This project was a collaboration between full-time and part-time personnel in the Department of Web Communications, including CSU undergraduates Eli Rufe and Matthew Goodrich.

The CSU Maps website can be found at maps.colostate.edu.

Contact: Steve Tranby
E-mail: steven.tranby@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-0634