Publication Date

Summer 6-1-2015

Committee Chair

Douglas M. Flewelling, Ph.D.

Committee Members

Fang Ren, Ph.D.


With increasing demand for indoor navigation and rapid developments in Building Information Modeling (BIM), indoor routing and analysis attracts attention from both the GIS and architecture worlds. This project’s goal was to integrate BIM with GIS and utilize it for indoor navigation use. It aimed to provide executable methods in ArcGIS for indoor path generation and to explore the possibilities for further applications.

In this project, Data Interoperability Extension was used to operating the transformation from Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) to geodatabase. After importing the data, two methods were proposed: Mesh and TIN. The Mesh method used a standard-sized grid graph as the referencing network for a floor and subsequently mapping the movement on a 2D plane to the movement along grid edges. TIN method utilized the TIN network as the base; it maps the movement on a 2D plane to the movement along TIN edges. Both of the methods were achieved by using tools and functions in ArcGIS. In conclusion, the result shows that the Mesh approach provided a very precise network for the building floor, whereas the TIN approach was efficient on the generating process side.


Full text is available at the University of Redlands.


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