The Geospatial Exploration Lab (GEL) is located on the 4th floor of Ross Hall in room 412. The GEL was established as a limited access graduate student research lab and it contains six dual monitor (24") workstations. The computers are Dell Precision T3610 workstations with 16GB of RAM, 1TB hard drives, 2GB NVIDIA Quadro NVS 510 video cards, and Quad Core HT 3.7 GHz Turbo processors. All computers have ArcGIS 10.2.2, QGIS 2.8, ENVI 5.2, R & RStudio, TileMill, SPSS, GeoDa, CrimeStat, GoogleEarth Pro, Geospatial Modeling Environment (GME), and Mendeley Desktop. Individual computers have additional software based on current student research topics. Computer 1 is considered the "geophysics" computer and has ArchaeoFusion and AGI Photoscan. Photoscan is also used to create orthophotos and DSM/DEM files captured from UAV flights. Computer 2 is considered the "hydro" computer and has ArcHydro, HECRAS, BASINS, and ArcSWAT. Computer 3 is considered the "hazards/coastal" computer and has Hazus (FEMA), SLOSH, VDatum, and SLAMM. Computer 4 is considered the "cartography" computer and has Terrain Bender and Inkscape. Computer 5 is considered the "hazards/public health" computer and has Hazus (FEMA), SEERStat, and SatScan. Computer 6 is considered the "niche modeling" computer and has Maxent, Desktop GARP, openModeller (CL and DT), ModEco, and FragStats.
In addition to the available workstations, the GEL is also a fully operational conference room with a Samsung Smart 3D 4K Ultra HD TV and surround sound. Wireless HDMI and video/Skype capabilities are also available. A 16TB QNAP TS-451 server is network connected and serves as a NAS for all graduate students to store and back up data. A Dell 5110cn color laser printer is also networked and available to graduate students. Two additional laptops (Dell ultrabooks with i5 processors) are available for graduate students to check out - mainly for travel/presentation purposes.