GIS & MappingGeographic Information Systems (GIS) is a tool used at UCF for infrastructure management in daily operations and emergencies. It records spatial information through shapefiles and attributes to a coordinate system, and is visualized from bird’s-eye view. All university commodities are located, field verified, and mapped in the ArcGIS software, aiding in new construction planning, infrastructure maintenance and replacement prioritization. GIS also supports various projects including the gas system pressure testing and system flushing program, and will soon extend to campus street lighting, utility meters, and the reclaim water line expansion. Due to data sensitivity, utility maps are not shared with the public.
Metering & AnalyticsUtilities & Energy Services has direct responsibility for the personnel, operation, maintenance, and billing administration service portions of the utilities and energy budget at roughly $27 million annually. Utility bills, both inbound and outbound, are audited for the purchase of both regulated and de-regulated utilities, and are managed by the utility division. UCF’s department of Resource Management coordinates with UES to develop budget, plan for capital renewal, plant moderation and infrastructure, and works closely to develop projections for each fiscal year with the University’s Finance and Administration division. Recently, UES has invested into a fixed network data collection system. This fixed network will eliminate the need to physically read all 580 utility grade meters on campus each month, lessening fleet vehicle use and emissions, and will also provide interval data up to one day lagging, with five-minute granularity on electric and hourly on natural gas, water, irrigation and chilled water.