Geographic Information Systems Support and Research Facility

LiDAR elevation data for the state was completed in 2021. Elevation products will be updated as the data is received from the vendor. These products can be accessed from GISF image services and the OrthoServer web viewers.


The GIS Support and Research Facility is a public computing facility established to support the use of geographic information system (GIS) technology at Iowa State University. The mission of the facility is to provide high level GIS research support for students, faculty and staff as well as to provide GIS education and outreach to the ISU community and the state of Iowa. The Facility includes a research lab (218 Durham), and teaching labs in 248 Durham and 526 Design. The GISF has an administrative home in the College of Design but serves the GIS needs of the entire university.



For GIS questions, lab information or software use, contact our staff:

ISU GIS Research Lab 

515-294-8451, Ames

Robin McNeely, Facility Manager/GIS Analyst
215 Durham Center
Project Consulting and Management, Classroom Scheduling

Gregg Hadish, GIS Analyst
218 Durham Center

Amy Logan, GIS Analyst
219 Durham Center
Outreach, Projects

Josh Obrecht, GIS Analyst (ISU and USDA/ARS)
213 Durham Center
Programming, Software, Virtual Campus, Projects

Kevin Kane, Facility Director
126 College of Design
211 Durham Center

Student GIS Technicians
Nafisa Anjum, CRP
Thomas Kosacz, Env Sci
Fatema Nourin, CRP
Kaleb Stevens, CRP