Geo-Facilities Planning & Information Center, College of Design Construction and Planning, University of Florida
Data Center Description
The Geo-Facilities Planning and Information Research Center (GeoPlan) was established in 1984 by Dr. John Alexander in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Florida's College of Design, Construction and Planning. The Center was developed as a response to the need for a teaching and research environment in Geographic Information Systems, or GIS.
Since its inception, GeoPlan has become a multidisciplinary GIS Laboratory. Faculty and Researchers from Planning, Landscape Architecture, Wildlife Ecology, Forestry, Botany and other departments utilize the lab's hardware and software to perform analyses and run models.
The GeoPlan Center's Director is Dr. Paul Zwick, the Co-Director is Peggy Carr, and the Associate Director is Dr. Richard Schneider. GeoPlan is managed by a diverse group of Researchers and Doctoral Students from many disciplines including geography, engineering, architecture, planning, mathematics, and computer science. Through assistantships on various projects, Graduate Students obtain practical work experience using state-of-the-art computer technology. These students are drawn from the many colleges and departments throughout the University.
The field of GIS is broad, embracing many disciplines and involving many types of technology; this is reflected in the diversity of the research projects and grants attracted by the GeoPlan Center, and in the diverse interests of the Directors - from the cutting edge of hardware technology to the latest in environmental and educational applications. Current and past research includes contracts and grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Power and Light, Florida Power Corporation, Duke Power Corporation, Florida Marine Research Institute, U.S. Navy, Florida Department of Community Affairs, U.S. Forest Service, Florida Trail Association, Wildlife Conservation Society, Office of Central American Programs, U.S. Agency for International Development, St. Johns River Water Management District, The Nature Conservancy, and numerous counties and cities throughout the State of Flo rida.