NASA Langley Research Center
Systems (GIS) Team
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. These capabilities are used to support the agency's
comprehensive digital transformation and infrastructure revitalization.
The following areas of work are currently being pursued.
Building Information Modeling(BIM)
Langley is implementing BIM to address construction and maintenance of new and existing facilities.
Models are being created for existing facilties from laser scanned data with specific focus for maintenance and repurposing.
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.
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 integrates with BIM and maintenance managment
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.
Space Utilization / Move Planning