In the Center for GIS, the University of Louisville community has a partner for mapping and spatial analysis projects large or small. With over 25 years of experience in implementing GIS and geospatial technologies in collaborative interdisciplinary settings, the ULCGIS is excited to work with you to turn your ideas into action. We offer a full range of services to support every stage of the project lifecycle.
Project Development and Consulting
Do you have an idea for a mapping project, but need some help figuring out how to implement it? The ULCGIS can help you get your project off the ground! We support the proposal development process through all phases, including literature review, scoping, budget and timeline development. With your creative ideas and our GIS expertise, we can push the boundaries of interdisciplinary research and engaged scholarship together!
Data Design, Collection, and Management
The importance of good data design and management practices cannot be overstated. The Center for GIS can help you conceptualize and implement data models for phenomena across the spectrum of the physical, social, and cultural realms. We utilize a variety of tools to build sophisticated yet intuitive databases that enable data collection in the field, from the web, through crowdsourcing, and other sources.
Spatial Data Analysis
At the heart of GIS is the idea that space matters! Spatial analysis techniques put your data in the map to answer the “where” questions that elucidate hidden patterns, identify associations, and yield new insights that can help inform knowledge production, and affect positive change in our communities. Ask us how you can leverage spatial analysis tools to see your data in a whole new way!
Cartographic Design and Geovisualization
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a map must be worth a million! For publication or presentation, print or web, the Center for GIS can design and generate maps, 3D scenes, and other geovisualizations that communicate the big ideas behind the work that you are doing.
Web Mapping and Application Development
The web revolution has completely changed the way we think about maps! In place of static, 2 dimensional print maps, maps on the web are dynamic, multiscalar, interactive experiences! The Center for GIS has expertise in designing and building web mapping products, from simple Story Maps to fully featured web GIS interfaces, using a variety of open source and proprietary platforms! Talk to us about how a web mapping application can enrich the experience for your audience, whether they are students, collaborators, or the community at large.
Field Data Services
While much of our time is spent in the GIS lab, we are no stranger to “boots on the ground” research! The Center can design and implement field data collection and survey workflows for your projects, using our full suite of software solutions, and GPS survey equipment (found on our Facilities page). When there is simply no other way to collect your data than to go out and get it, the ULCGIS is here to help!
UAS Services and Photogrammetry
As one of the biggest trends of recent years across a wide range of industries, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) have revolutionized the way that imagery is collected. With our fleet of multi-rotor and fixed-wing drones, equipped with sophisticated sensors for imaging across the electromagnetic spectrum, the Center for GIS can rapidly deploy to collect orthoimagery and digital terrain data of your project sites. We can also capture cinematic quality 4K video, as yet another way to tell the story of your research or engaged scholarship in action!