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The GRC is housed within the University of Missouri's Department of Geography. Software used in digital image processing is ENVI from ITT Visual Information Solutions. The ArcGIS version 10.2 software suite from Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) comprises the backbone of the GIS analysis capabilities within the GRC.

The GRC acts as technical support and ESRI technical support liaison for the UM-Columbia campus for the whole array of ESRI products. Support includes installation, software and hardware troubleshooting and acting as contact point for ESRI's technical support Staff. The software is available to UM campuses through a site license agreement with ESRI.

The GRC has upgraded its computing facilities several times from its hardware base developed in the mid-1980s. In Fall 2012 the lab workstations were upgraded to Dell Optiplex 7010 PC workstations with Intel iCore7 64bit processors and 8Gb RAM with dual 22inch monitors. A total of 9 terabytes of hard drive space is accessible for the various projects done in the GRC. Network communications between the workstations and various database servers and disk storage arrays within the Center makes file transfer between platforms simple.

A small production cartography lab also resides within the GRC. Output devices include a HP DesignJet T790 44inch color inkjet plotter as well as a 600 DPI HP laser printer. Color scanning, printing and copying is also available enabling production of publication quality graphics. The lab is currently using the Adobe CS3 software suite to produce the various qualities of illustrations and graphics requested by the user.

The GRC also has access to the 30-seat Spatial Analysis and Modeling (SPAM) teaching laboratory used in the instruction of GIS, Remote Sensing and Cartography as well as for training and workshops on these subjects through the Geospatial Training Center. The machines in this lab are Dell Optiplex 780 2.66Ghz Duocore PCs with 8Gb RAM running the Windows 7 Enterprise operating system and 21 inch flat panel displays.

Software available:

  • ArcGIS10.4 Desktop
  • ERDAS Imagine 2011
  • SPSS 19
  • Google Earth Pro
  • Microsoft Office 2013
  • Adobe Creative Cloud

The SPAM lab has a Lexmark 1200 DPI laser printer and a Tektronix Phaser 740 1200 DPI color laser printer. The lab is also equipped with a ceiling mounted projector for computer presentations. Each machine is connected via ethernet to the University network for Internet connectivity.