CMU Center for GISci

The Center for Geographic Information Center at Central Michigan University has provided geospatial facilities and services to the university, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private industry for over 25 years. As a regional leader in Geographic Information Science, CGIS promotes and supports inter/multi/trans-disciplinary creative and scholarly activities through the development and application of geospatial technologies.

Students Observing Drone Flying

Facilities

The Center for Geographic Information Science facilities are available to all CMU students and faculty. Students wishing to use the GIS Center should have their supervising faculty contact the director to arrange access.

Space

  • ~1200 sq. ft. total.
  • Seating for 8 workstations.
  • Darkroom for Spectroscopy and Photogrammetry.
  • Workshop for Unmanned Aerial Systems.

Computing

  • 2 Workstations and 3 Desktops with 16 – 64 Gb of RAM and dedicated GPU.
  • 2 Servers:
    • Server 1: Virtual Computing Environment for Enterprise GIS Development and Deployment.
    • Server 2: 2x Quad Core Xeon, 256 GB RAM, and NVIDIA Quadro P5000 for large projects and photogrammetry.
  • Software
    • Agisoft Metashape (formerly Photoscan Pro).
    • ESRI ArcGIS Pro Suite.
    • Harris ENVI.
    • Matlab.
    • Pix4D.
    • Trimble E-cognition.

Equipment

  • Trimble RTK GPS.
  • Micasense 10-band Multispectral Sensor.
  • Parrot Sequoia Multispectral Sensor.
  • FLIR Duo R (Thermal).
  • Fleet of 10+ UAS.
  • 2 spectrometers (450 – 950 nm) with leaf clip.
  • Plotter.

Services

  • Consultations: Data and Research Methods
  • Custom Cartography and Geovisualization
  • GIS Data and Database Development
  • Remote Sensing
    • Satellite & Unmanned Aerial Systems
    • Hyperspectral, Multispectral, LiDAR, Photogrammetry
  • Object-Based Image Analysis, Digital Elevation Models, Machine Learning
  • Spatial Analysis and Modeling

People

Dr. Benjamin W. Heumann, Director

A Michigan native, Dr. Heumann received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in 2011.

He has experience working on a wide range of projects using GIS and remote sensing around the world from local scales in Quebec and Michigan, the Galapagos Islands and Thailand, to continental scales in Europe and Africa.

Affiliated Faculty

Scott De Brestian
College of the Arts & Media
Assistant Professor: Art History
Wightman 133
debre1sc@cmich.edu
Jeremy Davis
College of the Arts & Media
Assistant Professor: Sculpture
Wightman 148B
davis7jc@cmich.edu
Thomas Gehring
College of Science & Engineering
Professor: Biology
Biosciences 2402
tom.gehring@cmich.edu
Anna Monfils
College of Science & Engineering
Professor: Biology
Biosciences 2401
anna.monfils@cmich.edu
Sarah Surface-Evans
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Professor Anspach 138
sarah.surface@cmich.edu
Xiaoguang Wang
College of Science & Engineering
Associate Professor: Geography
Dow 287
xiaoguang.wang@cmich.edu
Cathy Willermet
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Professor: Anthropology
Anspach 124
wille2cm@cmich.edu
Don Uzarski
College of Science & Engineering
Professor: Biology
Biosciences 2410
uzars1dg@cmich.edu