Armed with iPads as data collection tools, undergraduate City and Regional Planning students are working together to develop a facilities master plan for the College of Engineering.
The studio course — CRP 4910: Realizing the Plan — taught by Professor Jennifer Evans Cowley and Lecturer Jason Sudy, is designed to provide students with the opportunity to adapt traditional planning tools using mobile technology.
Each team of three students is assigned an iPad and a supplemental Bluetooth GPS receiver. The students will be using these tools to record occupancy rates for all possible assignable spaces in the College of Engineering and to document interior and exterior building conditions with geocoded photographs. Students will also discover mobility patterns in and around the college facilities using GPS tracking methods. The data will be used to get an assessment of what is going on in, and around, each building in order to develop recommendations for the College of Engineering.
The data collection and analysis will happen during the first six weeks of the fall semester, leaving the rest of the term to develop the master plan and financial models. This approach is something that would not have been possible using traditional data collection methods. The efficiency of the iPad for data collection frees up valuable class time to delve deeper into the analysis and planning phases of this project.
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