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NIU launches 3-D interactive campus map

November 24, 2014

NIU interactive campus mapGoing somewhere?

NIU’s new three-dimensional interactive campus map enables online navigation of the NIU campus anytime from virtually anywhere.

Deployment of the interactive map this morning is only the latest component of a campus-wide strategy to make navigation of the NIU campus as user-friendly as possible.

“The 3-D interactive map, along with the directional signage that was installed throughout campus late this summer, is big step in the university’s ongoing efforts to enhance way-finding and signage on the NIU campus,” said Brad Hoey, director of University Marketing.

“Rachel Xidis from our Web Communications team has worked very closely with web developer CampusBird to populate the online map with a number of filter options in an effort to highlight and provide information on many of our campus facilities, resources and amenities,” Hoey added.

The map is totally scalable and will evolve over time in concert with changes and/or enhancements to the campus facilities, structures and infrastructure.

Users enjoy a comprehensive, searchable set of campus locations, which are organized into 14 different category layers – for which visibility can be toggled on or off – including everything from academic facilities, dining, transportation, parking, ADA accessibility, libraries, points of interest and more.

NIU Outdoor Recreation Sports ComplexCampus resources highlighted within the online map include:

  • housing and residence halls;
  • athletics, recreation and performance venues;
  • museums, parking and transportation; and
  • ADA Accessibility resources.

Each map location includes relevant additional information, photos, street addresses and links to departments or websites. The map features 2-D renderings of campus structures, providing a 3D visualization of campus that overlays Google Maps.

“The mobile-friendly map interface is based on the Google Maps API, offering familiar features, such as route directions to a specific location by a variety of transit options, zoom-and-search functionality and a street view option,” Xidis said.

“The 3D perspective of the rendered base map helps provide a visual on how the campus and buildings grounds look,” she added. “For visitors who are less familiar with the NIU campus, there is also a walking tour route with 22 stops at key campus locations.”