N A S I S Y L A

N A S I S Y L A

N A S I S Y L A E A C L K Y R IB T I O SS S R

E W E V T C I N E U N AC E T L A T A A S N AD S A S I F F TE E X O OUH E T

RNT M P U S O Cody Johnston Project Manager Kathleen Andrews Assistant Manager Logan Hayner GIS Analyst Peter Kennedy McMinn GIS Analyst INTRODUCTION

Background: The hilly terrain has created a difficult environment for students with disabilities to navigate. This has placed a burden of students with disabilities and having no official route map increases the difficulty Problem Statement: no official network map of handicap accessible routes has before been available. The goal of this project for GeoTex was to create a simple to understand network to aid in students with disabilities in navigation of the campus DATA Data Acquired- Slope and locations of all wheelchair ramps on Texas States campus. Applications of Data- The data collected was used to help create the wheelchair accessibility routes based on slope. METHODOLOGY

Developed slope map from LiDAR data - Create LAS dataset - Convert LAS dataset to raster - "Slope" tool GPS data collection - Measured slope with iPhone app - Made shapefiles with DNR Garmin - Verified points with satellite imagery and field notes Route creation - Routes were drawn with "Edit" toolbar - Green (0-5% slope), yellow (5-10% slope), red (over 10% slope) RESULTS The result of GeoTexs efforts is an

accurate, easy to read, and clearly defined wheelchair accessibility route map. IMPLICATIONS The results of this study have unfortunately implied that Texas State University has a ways to go to accomplish full coverage of ADA accessible routes across the core of the campus. Many routes include sections with a slope that is slightly higher than what is desirable to meet the ADA guidelines. While these sections are unfortunate, they were absolutely necessary to have access to all main buildings. It would be a marked improvement to eventually have a route network that did not include any areas of questionable slope.

The difficulty is that the topography of Texas State University simply does not allow for this in all areas. RECOMMENDATIONS Much of Texas State Universitys existing ramp infrastructure is steeper than the ADAs 1:20 regulation. It will take a major construction project to overhaul all the ramps on campus. GeoTex recommends Texas State University review the estimated cost and time to bring infrastructure up to code and that all future construction projects commit to abiding by ADA guidelines. Expansion and improvement of the Bobcat Bobbies Service which has been downsized in recent years.

CONCLUSIONS GeoTex has created a map of all handicap accessible routes covering the campus core. Due to Texas State Universitys hilly terrain, many of the handicap accessible routes fall outside of the ADAs slope guidelines. We have accurately presented all information gathered over the course of the project, even when our findings do not adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines. GeoTex has color-coded all route sections based on their slope to enable persons with disabilities to more easily traverse the Texas State campus.

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