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NASA Langley Research Center
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Team

The NASA Langley GIS Team is dedicated to providing geospatial data management solutions for our home center and for our customers within NASA and in other agencies.  We have considerable experience and expertise in facilities management through applied GIS, as well as geodetic control and surveying with state-of-the-art GPS (Global Positioning System) and optical technologies.  In addition to custom web and database application development and on-site surveying, we provide training and consultation services.

The following areas of work are currently being pursued.

Space Allocation Optimization

The GIS Team at LaRC is working with NASA, AirForce and other partners on Space Optimization tools to objectively plan the use of office and technical space. The decision support capabilities leverage LaRC's management of room level details within the GIS against existing database applications for tracking space utilization. An overview of Space Allocation Optimization, as well as a demonstration of the web dashboard under development are available.

The Langley GIS Team received a Special Achievement in GIS award from ESRI at the 2009 User Conference for work on the space optimization tools. An information sheetexternal link marker, press releaseexternal link marker, and photoexternal link marker are avaiable from the ESRI User Conference websiteexternal link marker.

Cultural Resource Management

NASA is responsible for the management of cultural resources within the boundaries of NASA centers. This includes historic sites marking the achievements of NASA and other historic and archeological sites which predate NASA use of the land.

Currently detailed information is available for the following centers

Educational Resources

Educational resources for lessons about the training behind the Mercury and Apollo missions are available for students and teachers. These lessons highlight the types and locations of the training used by the astronauts to prepare for their missions.

Langley has developed the most detailed and advanced GIS of any NASA Center and is recognized as a leader in this technology within the agency and the Federal Government. The LaRC GIS Team frequently supports requests from NASA HQ, other Centers (e.g. Wallops Flight Facility (WFF), White Sands Test Facility (WSTF)) and outside agencies (e.g. US Air Force, Smithsonian Institution, US Geological Survey (USGS)) for assistance both with specific projects and general guidance in the use of spatial analysis technology.

The current LaRC GIS architecture is based on industry standard, Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) software with custom applications and extensions.  The system consists of GIS software (Environmental Systems Research Institute or ESRI ArcGIS), Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) software (Oracle), and open-standard, open-source programming languages (Perl, Python, PHP).  This approach leverages technological advances in GIS, databases, and web applications, and aligns well with evolving Enterprise Resource Product (ERP) solutions such as SAP for IFM / IAM integration.

Spatial data is accessible through the online Master Plan using standard web browsers.  Maps generated from the GIS allow user interaction, providing links to narratives, photographs, and databases.  The GIS architecture links building floor plans and center-level maps to databases including Facilities and Related Service Activities (F&RSA), Space Utilization, Real Property, and Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), enabling complex queries and reports.

flood impact prediction
Flood Impact

interbuilding moves
Space Utilization / Move Planning
Intra-building Moves
GPS Surveying
GPS Surveying
GPS Surveying

Optical surveying
Optical Surveying
field training
classroom training
Classroom Training
classroom training

field training
Field Training
field training

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