Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Engineering (ME)


Civil and Environmental Engineering

First Committee Member

Shashi Nambisan

Number of Pages



Large organizations such as corporations and universities typically occupy many buildings. A typical university space includes classrooms, laboratories, offices, and parKing The cost of adding additional space is significant. Therefore, effective management and utilization of the space is critical, especially to organizations that are growing. Growth may be measured in terms of the number of employees or students. As the number of employees and students increase, the number of trips to the campus also increase. This poses a growing pressure on the parking supply at the campus; The main objective of this thesis is to develop a framework for evaluating space utilization. Geographic information system (GIS) software is used as a tool to perform spatial analysis for utilizing the available space and to represent the measures graphically and more effectively. The development of the framework includes six major components: (1) Collect existing space inventory, (2) Develop a means to quantify the demand, supply and utilization of space, (3) Obtain utilization measures of all spaces, (4) Develop tools to visualize the utilization measures using GIS, (5) Develop a methodology to evaluate accessibility measures and perform analyses, and (6) Develop appropriate interfaces for users to perform queries, analyses and summarize results. The system is expected to assist administrators in better utilizing available space and scheduling classes based on utilization measures and accessibility of parking lots to the classrooms. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) campus is considered as a case study for developing the above framework, and to evaluate its implementation.


Based; Development; Evaluating; Framework; GIS; Parking; Space; Utilization

Controlled Subject

Civil engineering; School management and organization; Geography

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5488.64 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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