Geographic Information Systems Laboratory

The anthropology department hosts a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) lab for the visualization, acquisition and analysis of spatial data.  The GIS Lab is also an instructional space to be used for office hours and instruction.

Lab goals

  • Facilitate remote sensing, image processing and 3D modeling for researchers in the Northwestern community
  • Facilitate researchers wishing to produce publication quality maps and figures
  • Facilitate classroom instruction for the analysis of geospatial data related to anthropology

Visualization equipment

  • The lab houses six workstations and a large-format scanner
  • Software includes: ArcView GIS, ArcMap, Spatial Analyst, 3d Analyst, Geostatisitical Analyst; Avenza MapPublisher; Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, Illustrator and Shockwave, and Flash.

Data acquisition and analysis

The lab offers access to equipment, software and facilities for instruction:

  • Six workstations
  • Two total Stations
  • One survey Level
  • One Geascan Fluxgate
  • One Gradiometer FM256
  • Seven Trimble Junos
  • One Trimble ProXRT

The GIS Laboratory also provides total stations and GPS receivers to members of the WCAS division for use in research or for classes. Those wishing to use this equipment must have the appropriate training.  Apply in the department. 

Hours and access

It is open to researchers in Northwestern community. The laboratory is housed in 1810 Hinman Ave is available for use between 9 am and 5 pm. A GIS specialist is also available for walk-in assistance.

Recent classes          

  • ANT 390   Archaeological Survey 
  • ANT 490   Mapping People Place and Space
  • GEO 343 Geographic Information Systems