Research and Instructional Labs


Geographical Information Systems Instructional Lab (GISIL)  243 JH

The Geographical Information Systems Instructional Lab (GISIL) is GIS centric computer lab used to teach GIS, cartography, and remote sensing. The GISIL is equipped with 28 high-end workstations, each equipped with a secondary monitor to support this type of work. The space hosts instructional support technology and an array of special purpose peripherals and software (e.g., ArcGIS Desktop/Pro, Q-GIS, ERDAS, GPS units, etc.) and offers additional services including large-format printing (posters) and 3D printing.  The GISIL also supports field‐based educational activities using mobile GIS software and hardware, LiDAR, multi-spectral and thermal imaging, R/C unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and a host of other technologies.  These technologies are used to collect, edit and analyze data in the field, and are essential resources for both GISci and physical geography courses.  When not in use for classes, the lab may also be used for GIS trainings, and to host visiting students who are considering a future at The University of Iowa. The Opportunity at Iowa program regularly brings high-school students in to look at the campus and the available facilities.  When not in use for a class, trainings, or other the lab is open for student use.

  • Laboratory TAs are on duty during some of the scheduled operational hours (including all evening hours) and course TAs monitor those times when classes meet in the lab.
  • Please read the Guidelines for Behavior in the GISL.
  • Failure to follow the rules can get your account deactivated for use in the lab

Access the GISIL schedule and other lab details.

GIS Lab Access Request Form
If you are enrolled in a class that uses the GISIL you should already have access. 
Please note that it may take a few days to be granted access and you will NOT be notified. Plan accordingly. Please use your FULL name.