Like Terpnav, Google Maps have been instrumental in helping people find the routes and directions to get to their destinations from their current locations. These routes may include roadways, pedestrian paths, cycle tracks and almost any other ways that a person can travel from one place to another. These maps not only help to find the routes to cities and towns, but also important places and locations in cities, towns, villages, etc. Hence, you can easily find the route to your desired location from your current location as long as that place has been marked on Google Maps.
TerpNav is quite similar to the Google Maps, but is just customized for the campus of the University of Maryland. Hence, it can help students, teachers and parents to find and navigate their way to any place in the campus that they wish to reach. This includes classes, auditoriums, canteens, bathrooms, dormitories, libraries, parks and almost any other places that are located within the campus area. This is very helpful to newcomers and freshmen, parents and any visiting guests in the campus, helping them to move around the area without having to constantly ask for directions. This is also helpful to older students, who already know the campus well, to get from one place to another quickly using the map to find the shortest routes.
Development of TerpNav system of the UMD Campus
This mapping system of the UMD Campus initially started as a research project in Gemstone, which is a program held within the Honors College of the University of Maryland. Once the research project was successful, the concept was implemented and tested by the students who were a part of SEAM. SEAM was once a software cooperative team comprising of students from the capstone software engineering classes. These engineering classes offered full-time solutions to real-world clients with regards to software development and their applications.
Numerous students offered valuable insights towards the development of the mapping system, and had major roles to play in its formation and implementation. Starting from mapping individual locations in the campus on the map to developing codes to help users find routes to specific locations, there was a lot of work to do before this mapping system could become fully functional and useful for the people living within the campus or simply visiting. Hence, a lot of work had to go into the development process in order to make it the successful system that it is today.
Utility map of the UMD Campus for all
One of the best features of the TerpNav Pedestrian Map is that users can either use to find general directions to get from one place to another, or they can customize the map to mark their desired locations to offer directions whenever they need. Users can either use it to locate places by typing the desired locations in the area for mentioning the search parameters. On the other hand, students can also mark few areas that are frequently visited so that they can get the shortest routes to travel to their desired places quickly. Hence, this mapping system is ideal for all to use within the campus of the University of Maryland.