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GIS labs and facilties

Center for GIS (CGIT)

  • Cutting edge computing facilities in the main campus (Blacksburg) and in the National Capital Region (Alexandria). Additionally, we have a number of well-equipped research and teaching facilities (including GIS-based computer labs) in several buildings and departments across the main campus.
  • High bandwidth, secure network connectivity, and powerful servers connect these offices and provide state-of-art GIS research support to CGIT staff and affiliated faculty.

Center for Environmental Applications in Remote Sensing (CEARS)

CEARS focuses on three pressing priorities, namely

  • to further our understanding of the earth's major biogeochemical cycles,
  • to improve understanding of the factors affecting biological diversity and ecosystem structure and functioning, and
  • to develop a systematic understanding of changes in land uses and land cover that are critical to ecosystem functioning and services and human welfare.

Conservation Management Institute (CMI)

CMI was established to better address multi-disciplinary research questions that affect conservation management effectiveness in Virginia, North America, and the world. Faculty from Virginia Tech and other research institutions work collaboratively on projects ranging from endangered species propagation to natural resource-based satellite imagery interpretation.

Computer labs with GIS-related software

  • Torgersen  1010 & 1080 – are teaching labs during the day, but usually open to any student in the evening assuming there are no classes being taught.
  • Torgersen 3300 – Electronic Consulting Room also known as entrance to "The Bridge", library services in Torgersen include a classroom, a Library Information Desk with Self Checkout machine, and a number of specialized CD-ROMs, DVDs, and connections to selected library databases along with several computer workstations and scanners.
  • Major Williams Hall  - The Geography department houses the GIS Laboratory as the primary resource for the entire Geography department.
  • Newman Library 2030 – Geospatial Data Consulting – services offered to anyone who is looking for geospatial or any related research.
  • Architecture Annex Computer Lab - has 25 computers loaded with the ESRI and Autodesk products.

Maps Librarian

GIS specialist

  • Ed Brooks
  • GIS Specialist
  • 540-231-9225
  • Newman Library room 2030
    560 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

Data request form

Newman Library break hours

Sun, Nov 23: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Mon-Tue, Nov 23-25: 7:30am - 8:00pm
Wed, Nov 26: 7:30am - 12:00noon
Thu-Fri, Nov 27-28: Closed
Sat, Nov 29: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Sun, Nov 30: open 9:00am*

* During 24 hour operation, a valid Hokie Passport is required to access or remain in the library between 12 midnight and 7:30am.

Current semester hours