Research Facilities

Computational Facilities

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Research and teaching computing facilities in the department are outstanding.  The department boasts five computing labs comprising four general purposes labs with 26 PCs in each and a graduate lab with 16 dual boot high end PCs.  All labs have computer projection didplays and half the machines have dual monitors.  These facilities are centered around a gigabit Windows client-server network. The research cluster has access to more than 12 terabytes of networked storage based on a series of RAID servers.  All PCs are networked to monochrome and color printers, large-format plotters, large-format digitizers, and scanners.   All resources are regularly-upgraded with a revolving replacement period of between 2-3 years.  Clusters for the GEO workgroup are linked across the intranet to the WVGIS center and have gateway access to the University backbone.  Almost every graduate student has access to an indivudal PC which is connected to all other labs, offices, and classrooms in the building.

Software

The Department maintains extensive software for instructional and research usage.  Microsoft Office and a full range of other common applications are available on all networked machines. In addition, statistical packages (SAS, JMP, NTSYS) allow students to undertake statistical analysis, and graphical analysis packages (Surface III, Mapping Contour System, TruFlite, Surfer) enable users to render both 2D and 3D surfaces.  The department boasts a full GIS license for all machines that includes current versions of ARCGIS with all extensions.  The ERDAS IMAGINE suite provides image-processing tools for analyzing remotely sensed data.  AutoCAD, Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, and other graphics design packages allow accurate rendering of technical diagrams.

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