Using of GIS in the Research Center for Cutting of Cost and Optimizing Space Utilization

NASA, also known as National Aeronautics and Space Administration that is situated in Virginia is known for its tactical and excellent skills in problem solving. In 2004, when it is informed about the possibility of   reduction of the future budgets, Langley Research Center comes up on the idea that they also need to downsize their infrastructure into 800-acre.

Situations that addressed reduction of almost one-fourth of the budget only means that it requires a reassessment on the expansion of the area of property which includes obsolete and aging buildings. As a response on these issues, LaRC turns to the very first NASA center to enjoy the benefits of the GIS technology collaborating with real property management.

Optimization of the Space Utilization

GIS team in the Center Operations Directorate is the one in-charge particularly for the spatial data and related to technical support right at the NASA LaRC. For them to manage reorganization instances, the team itself extended the technology of ESRI through development of the space utilization tools for optimization so they can map out and evaluate the use of certain areas.

This team has built and proposes several solutions so they can lessen the number of building being used as well as boost up the efficiency level. This goes along with the main objective and that is to reduce the maintenance and operation costs into $1 million per year.

The leader of the GIS team remembers the requirements that are being put on their team just to rearrange the building specifically for long-term use of satellite research projects. This needs an extensive cooperation between the researchers is it can achieve success. The manager of the satellite project pursues the team to be placed on the single floor. Through the model of the GIS space optimization, they been proud to share how cooperation in just one floor of the establishment is exciting and helpful. This is the reason why other association decided to relocate on the same building. However, the team of the GIS already identifies the perfect place for them then.

The Benefits of the Cost Cutting

Aside from the fact that the agency itself will save coming from an efficient use of the property, experts do believe that effectiveness is the totally pay out of the dividends on the system. It only means that the capacity on the integration of data from different sources lets the agency come up on better decisions. This will lead into opportunities for future reduction and improvement of costs. There’s more chances of development of new approaches and be able to do the things that research centers never done before since data is not still available that time. Some of the additional cost saving and efficiency are ground and janitorial maintenance.

This center was really successful then while it uses the GIS on the real property management. It must serve as an inspiration for the other GISTIC centers out there.