About twenty years ago, as students were about to graduate high school, there was one item that had to be checked off beforehand, apart from planning the post ceremony parties, that is. Students had to visit the college campus of their choice.
This often meant a lot of planning for both the students and their parents, as some of these colleges and universities could be literally thousands of miles away—even worldwide. This was often a very stressful time, as the parents wanted to be sure the money they were going to spend on their child’s education would be used in a fruitful manner. Fast forward to now, and you’ll find that both colleges and universities are offering a virtual tour of their premises to prospective students.
This is done using the latest in video technology, in addition to the concepts of GIS, as well.
One such example of this is the Pearson Business College, located in the heart of London. The GIS Vendor involved is known as CartoConsult. They have literally designed a virtual, 3-D, moving map of the entire campus.
So, rather than having to spend a fortune on visiting the campus, parents and students can visit the campus from their home, with a few clicks of the mouse.
In fact, the same 3D images being used for the virtual tour are also being used for the hard copy, printed prospectus. All of these efforts have been coordinated by a third party known as Hunterlodge Advertising.
According to Sabina Lee, an Account Manager with Hunterlodge, “Creating our standard university maps in 3D brought them to life and added an additional depth of interest. CartoConsult was very helpful throughout the process, from the initial conversation right through to a very speedy delivery and cost effective solution.” (SOURCE: http://www.directionsmag.com/pressreleases/cartoconsult-3d-visualisations-add-a-creative-edge-to-university-prospectus/470010).
GeoTel is a telecommunications location based intelligence research and GIS mapping firm that researches and provides telecom datasets for more than 7000 cities in the United States and worldwide. GeoTel’s expertise includes specialists in economic geography, geospatial engineering, web GIS, and telecommunications GIS Data infrastructure.