Geographic Information Systems Support and Research Facility

LiDAR elevation data capture for the state was completed in 2021, all elevation products have been received. These products can be accessed from GISF image services and the OrthoServer web viewers.

There is additional information and a data download link for HUC12 and county based 1-meter DEM datasets at this location


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 a teaching lab (248 Durham). 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

Josh Obrecht, Facility Manager/GIS Analyst
213 Durham Center
Project Consulting and Management, Classroom Scheduling, Software

Wael Alhaj, GIS Analyst
219 Durham Center

Colton Clack, GIS Analyst
218 Durham Center

Brian Gelder
3321 Elings
GIS Academic and Research consultant

Gregg Hadish, GIS Analyst
227 Durham Center

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

Amy Logan, GIS Analyst
219 Durham Center
Outreach, Projects


Student GIS Technicians
Issah Abdulai, CRP
Christen Bain, Ag Eng.
Michaela Beck, Tech Communication
Ayodele Fadoju, CRP
Mahsa Keyhani, ARCH
Latifa Moro, CRP
Umme Samanta, CRP
Jonathan Wolf-Wainggai, Meteorology