Geospatial Analysis Lab

The Geospatial Analysis Lab (GsAL) provides education and support for all geographic information science (GIS)-based learning at the University of San Francisco. Through the lab, students and faculty develop a comprehensive understanding of geographic technologies and techniques, including ArcGIS, Google Earth Engine, web mapping applications, and remote sensing. The laboratory maintains 25 dedicated computers loaded with leading industry software, including ESRI (ArcGIS), PCI, DEFINIENS, and Trimble. The GSAL also provides GIS consultations and project management for students, staff, faculty, and external parties pursuing independent projects.

Why Study Geospatial Technology?

Geospatial technology is used in a wide variety of industries, including federal, state and local government; non-governmental, environmentally focused agencies; environmental science; public health; and urban planning. As an industry, geospatial technology is one of the fastest growing sectors in the modern economy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the labor market in this sector is growing at an annual rate of almost 35% and the commercial subsector within this field is growing by 100%.