GIS Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get a map of campus?
What data is available for download and what format is it in?
Do you customize maps?
How can I obtain Utility data?
How is your group different from other GIS groups and centers on campus?
How can report an error I see on the interactive campus map linked on the University homepage?
How do I report an error I see on Google Maps or Bing Maps?
What is the difference between Google Maps and GIS?
I have an idea about maps and using GIS in my department. Who do I contact?

Where can I get a map of campus?

The Office of the University Architect maintains the online interactive campus map located at https://maps.ncsu.eduThe campus changes too frequently for printing maps in bulk to be feasible, so we provide PDF files for people to print on their own, as needed. We recommend the map titled “Campus Map and Directory (11 x 17)” for visitors. That map is updated on a monthly basis.

What data is available for download and what format is it in?

See our “Download GIS Data site: https://facilities.ofa.ncsu.edu/gis-data/.

Do you customize maps?

We offer pre-formated, layered PDF maps that can be customized by turning different layers on and off, as needed, within Adobe Acrobat before printing, or can be imported into a graphics program such as Photoshop with the layers intact for adding additional features. These PDF maps are in the Printable Maps sections here: https://facilities.ofa.ncsu.edu/bldg/maps/.

How can I obtain Utility data?

Contact the University Surveyor, Heath Huovinen <hehuovin@ncsu.edu>, to request access.

How is your group different from other GIS groups and centers on campus?

The Enterprise GIS exists to support and enhance the business processes of the Administration of campus.

How can report an error I see on the interactive campus map linked on the University homepage?

Click on the “Send Feedback” link at the top, fill out the entire form with a description of the error, and click “Submit”.

How do I report an error I see on Google Maps or Bing Maps?

The mapping on these sites is not controlled in any way by NC State. On Google, click on the menu in the Search bar in the upper left, then click “Send Feedback”. On Bing, click the “Feedback” button on the bottom right. If you need assistance with reporting a change, contact GIS Manager, Andy Belcher <cabelch2@ncsu.edu>.

What is the difference between Google Maps and GIS?

Google Maps is basic map viewer that can do simple tasks like finding directions. GIS is a much more robust platform for advanced geographical analysis.

I have an idea about maps and using GIS in my department. Who do I contact?

Please contact GIS Manager, Andy Belcher <cabelch2@ncsu.edu>.