College of San Mateo

College of San Mateo: User Overview

College of San Mateo is located in the northern end of Silicon Valley, just south of San Francisco, with sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay. Established in 1922, the 153-acre site hosts approximately 40 buildings with 50 miles of pipe and conduit criss-crossing the campus. The community college serves 10,000 students and considers itself “a gateway to higher education leading to university transfer, career preparation and advancement, and professional and personal development”.

“UVARA has become indespensible to managing three sizeable campuses and interacting with staff and maintenance personnel. We are saving valuable hours every day using UVARA.”

Jose Nunez, Vice Chancellor Facilities Planning & Operations

Primary benefits of using BetterGIS solutions at this location:

  • Manage aging infrastructure and replacement costs
  • Capture of institutional knowledge to minimize the number of unknowns
  • Investigate isolated components to reduce risk and hazards
  • Reduce risks from tree root intrusion into vitrified clay pipe
  • Protect the longevity and operation of the water and gas system valves

Products and services used at this location:


UVARA Plan Room

The UVARA Report

UVARA Field Verification

Utilities Mapped:

  • Cable TV
  • Chilled Water & Hot Water
  • Communications
  • Electrical
  • Fiber Optics
  • Fire Alarm
  • Fire Water
  • Gas
  • Lighting
  • Security
  • Sewer
  • Storm
  • Water
  • Unidentified
InSite Map of College of San Mateo Infrastructure

InSite Map of College of San Mateo Infrastructure

InSite Map of College of San Mateo Water Layer

InSite Map of College of San Mateo Water Hydrants

InSite Plan Room Module

The Digital Plan Room contains links to existing plans and documents that have been scanned.

Examples at this location include:

  • Facility plans
  • Utility maps
  • Equipment maintenance records
Example Digital Map Room archive

Example Digital Map Room archive

The InSite Report

The InSite Report is used by those who are responsible for managing the unseen, those charged with the ongoing management of these critical assets on which hundreds of instructors and staff members, and thousands of students daily depend.

The report summarizes the quantity, value (equivalent to replacement cost), and replacement cost timeline of the existing underground site utilities. The inventory was populated from InSite Interactive Maps which is used by the San Mateo Community College District to digitally access the underground utilities for its three campuses (College of San Mateo, Cañada College, and Skyline College).

Documented using The UVARA Report:

  • Asset Values
  • Replacement Costs
  • Asset Attributes
  • Remaining Life
  • Budget Planning/Substantiation
  • Strategic Priorities
  • Recommended Actions
The InSite Report - College of San Mateo Facilities Overview

College of San Mateo Facilities Overview

The InSite Report - College of San Mateo Utilities Replacement Costs

College of San Mateo Utililties Replacement Costs

BetterGIS Field Verification

For the College of San Mateo College campus utilities depicted are based on original plans provided by SMCCD and field observations. During field observations some utilities were observed in locations that differed from the source documents. In each case the utilities were drawn to best fit the field observations based on the intent of the original source documents and maintain their link to the source documents. No underground utilities were traced, potholed or otherwise verified. Video inspections were not performed. Since the original campus is approximately 93 years old (the 17th oldest campus the 113 campuses in the California Community Colleges system), a series of inspections or capacity analyses is merited.

For more information about UVARA and how it is used at this location, please contact us.

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