How-to

Submitting maps

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As part of your project setup, SPREO will process your floor plans to a format that will function well within our system and across our multiple touchpoints (mobile app, web application, etc), as well as provide the best user experience to your users. This process involves converting your files to aesthetically pleasing and user-friendly maps, positioning and rotating them to be overlayed on Google maps, and sizing them to maintain high resolution at all zoom levels.

Best practices for submitting maps

File Formats

SPREO prefers files to be submitted in high-resolution PDF, JPG, or PNG format.

File naming

The file names should clearly indicate the campus, building, and floor level of the floor plan.

Bad:

floorplan17369.png

basementofbuildingforapp-28.pdf

Good:

building1_floor2.png

boston_medicalpavilion_basement.jpg

“Clean” vs “Busy” maps

Please avoid overly-detailed drawings that could complicate the conversion process.

Too “busy”:

           

 

“Clean” maps with unnecessary details removed:

             

 

True-north indicated

Because we overlay the converted and processed floor plans onto Google maps, it is necessary for true north to be clearly indicated on the floor plan, especially in cases in which a building is symmetrical and true north may not be obvious. True north can be hand-drawn on the image file if necessary.

Example:

 

Points-of-interest (POIs) clearly marked

After the map conversion process is completed, POIs are placed on the floor plan within the SPREO content management system (CMS). If your floor plan includes room names or codes, this would help make the process more efficient.

Example:

 

Pathways clearly indicated

Clearly indicating the pathways, hallways, or corridors on your floor plans will help SPREO create the routes used for navigation and wayfinding, especially if there are areas that should be off limits entirely or if there is a need to differentiate between staff and visitor accessible routes.

Example: