The UWRF GIS Lab is supported by the Department of Geography and Mapping Sciences and serves as the primary center for Geographic Information Science and Cartographic education. The department has had a minor in Cartography since 1981. The minor was revised in 1993 to include courses in Geographic Information Science. The GIS Lab was funded by an NSF ILI and UWS Lab Modernization grants authored by Carol Barrett in 1993. The Lab has since been maintained through UWS Lab Modernization Grants, authored by Drs. Charles Rader and Mathew Dooley, and Department of Geography and Mapping Sciences.
The GIS Lab is located in KFA 301 and consists of 27 Dell OptiPlex 9010 workstations using Windows 7 and supporting ArcGIS 10.1 SP1, Idrisi Selva, Adobe Design Premium CS6 (Adobe PhotoShop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Acrobat, InDesign, and Flash), Microsoft Office 2013, Natural Scene Designer 5.0, Trimble Pathfinder Office, IBM SPSS 20 statistical analysis, and GeoDa (spatial statistics) applications. The lab has two Trimble GeoXT 3000 GPS units, two Garmin GPSMAP 62 units and 22 Garmin GPS 60 units for field mapping. The lab also includes an HP LaserJet CP4525 and an HP DesignJet 5500PS 42-inch color plotter.
Students from across campus take GIS courses and many ultimately use skills developed in these courses to enhance their research and project work in many other disciplines including, geology, environmental science and management, conservation, and landuse planning. In addition, many students are involved in internships with local organization through the GIS Lab, these have included the Kinnickinnic River Land Trust, City of River Falls, the Great Rivers Confluence Project, and many others.
Geography and Mapping Sciences faculty and staff serve as the contacts and campus technical support for ESRI ArcGIS 10.1 software. Individuals on campus may contact, Dr. Charles Rader (ESRI Primary Contact) or Matt Millett (ESRI Technical Contact) for questions regarding the use of this software on campus, via e-mail or phone at 715-425-3264.
In addition to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Acceptable Usage Policy, the Department of Geography and Mapping Sciences enforces the following rules:
• The GIS Lab is not an open-access lab for use by the general student population. Computers and printers in the GIS Lab are only for use by students currently enrolled in GIS courses or those using GIS software for other coursework in other departments. Computers and printers may be only used for relevant GIS coursework. If a class is in session in the main lab, students enrolled in GIS courses may use one of the four workstations in the back room on a first-come-first-served basis.
• GIS Lab users may not bring their own software into the lab without prior written approval of the GIS Lab Manager. GIS Lab software must never be copied. This is a violation of copyright law.
• Food, drink, alcohol, tobacco, and other consumable items are not allowed at any computer station in the lab in order to protect the equipment. Users are welcome, however, to leave drinks at a table near the back of the lab. Violation of these policies may result in the permanent banning of the violator from the GIS Lab.
Students currently enrolled in GIS courses or those using GIS software for other coursework in other departments are welcome to use the lab during open-lab hours. Please sign in on the sign-in sheet at the back of the lab so we have an idea of who is using the lab.
For additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact the GIS Lab Manager, Matt Millett, via e-mail or drop by his office at 339 Kleinpell Fine Arts.
Office: 339 KFA
Main Lab open hours
• M: 8-10 a.m., 11-2, 6-9 p.m.
• T: 11-12:30, 3:30-9
• W: 11-2, 6-9 p.m.
• Th: 11-12:30, 3:30-9
• F: 11-1, 2-4
• Sat: Closed
• Sun: 4-8 p.m.
Back Lab open hours:
• M-Th: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
• F: 8-4
• Sat: Closed
• Sun: 4-8 p.m.
Students currently enrolled in GIS courses or those using GIS software for coursework in other departments are welcome to use the lab during open-lab hours. Please sign in on the sign-in sheet at the back of the lab so we have an idea of who is using the facilities.
Please note that if a class is in session in the Main Lab, students may use one of the four workstations in the Back Lab on a first-come, first-served basis.