Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Take a virtual tour of NAIT Main Campus with Campus View

Finding your way around NAIT has never been easier

Sometimes a map doesn’t show the complete picture. With a place as big as NAIT – which spans a couple dozen city blocks – indicating the location of a building or room may not be enough.

Relaunched this March, Campus View picks up where traditional maps leave off. The mobile-friendly app takes Google Street View indoors, providing a virtual tour of NAIT Main Campus, including the Centre for Applied Technology, opened in fall 2016. Building on a previous award-winning iteration released in 2015 (as the first of its kind in Alberta), it provides instant familiarity with more than 3,000 rooms.

“I got lost on my first day at NAIT,” says web content coordinator Jeff Mason, thinking back on the days when you were lucky to have a static PDF map. When combined with a searchable bird’s-eye view of Main Campus, Campus View allows visitors, staff and students to get their bearings by seeing a building’s interior.

Campus View of NAIT including drop down menus and info bubblesThe tool comprises a series of 360-degree views photographed roughly every 3 metres.

Web developer Andrea McCabe (Computer Systems Technology '06) enhanced the tour with info buttons and drop-down menus describing everything from room descriptions to retail outlet hours, all of which can be edited in near real-time to keep pace with changes at the polytechnic.

“It takes minutes to edit,” says McCabe.

The Campus View update also features a virtual-reality mode, bringing the online visitor closer than ever to their campus destination.

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