Florida Center for Community Design and Research, University of South Florida
Data Center Description
The USF/FC (University of South Florida, Florida Center) is a non-profit public service institute of the School of Architecture and Community Design and was founded in 1986 at the state's largest urban university, the University of South Florida, in Tampa. Our diverse staff includes architecture faculty and students, research scientists, and programmer analysts. In addition, we have affiliated faculty or graduate students from the Department of Anthropology, Biology, Fine Art, Geography, and Social Work. We provide our clients with access to academic expertise, cutting edge technology, and highly qualified graduate student internships. Using interdisciplinary teams, our staff works with clients to ensure high quality work, transfer of technology and expertise, and enhanced graduate education.
3-D Architectural Modeling:
To assist communities in envisioning future growth and development, the Florida Center provides 3D visualization and modeling services.
These models are powerful planning tools for local governments and can be integrated with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for modeling and analysis.
-Digital models of buildings and communities -Fly-through animation -Traditional architectural models
GIS Mapping and Analysis:
Accurate and precise Geographic Information Systems are critical for local governments, citizens, and professionals. The Florida Center provides a comprehensive suite of GIS support for local communities. The Center is establishing a Regional Data Center for Southwest Florida that will provide high quality data via the Internet and CD-ROM.
-GPS data collection / conversion / digitizing
-GIS data documentation and metadata development to FGDC standards
-Internet / Intranet GIS applications
-Community asset mapping and analysis
-Environmental data analysis and modeling
Data and Technology Services:
Data services are designed to support interdisciplinary research and assist local governments in providing citizen access to key socioeconomic and environmental indicators. It is our belief that the creation of sustainable communities requires citizen access to high quality information and sound science.
-Database design and data warehousing
-Community sustainability indicators
Community-based planning and design services are coordinated with our host college the School of Architecture and Community Design. These projects work in conjunction with graduate design studios and affiliated faculty. Our focus is on a citizen driven process and interdisciplinary design of sustainable communities.