Site Licensed GIS, GPS, and Remote Sensing Software

Software use policies

The various site licenses administered by the ISU GIS Facility are available ONLY to ISU faculty, staff, and students, and are intended ONLY for academic research or instructional use. ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro, and ERDAS Imagine have academic versions that can be installed on personal computers of staff, faculty or students. You are responsible for upholding the license agreement while the software is being used at your location. Note that no other copies of this software should be made or installed without notifying the ISU license administrator Josh Obrecht (

Software requests

Site licensed software is available from the GIS Facility through download from a network location. If you'd like to install any of the software listed below, please email Josh Obrecht ( with a request including the following information:

- Your name, and university email, address, and phone
- Name of the software and version you are requesting
- Number of licenses you require
- Building and room number where the computer(s) resides if on campus
- Whether the computer is a desktop or laptop
- Whether the computer is university owned or personal

ESRI GIS Software

Iowa State has an unlimited-use site license for most of the products sold by Esri. Funding for this license comes from the colleges, departments, and units of ISU. 

Windows Desktop GIS Products


  • 3D Analyst
  • Aviation Airports
  • Aviation Charting
  • Business Analyst
  • Data Interoperability
  • Data Reviewer
  • Defense Mapping
  • Geostatistical Analyst
  • Image Analyst
  • LocateXT
  • Location Referencing
  • Maritime
  • Network Analyst
  • Production Mapping
  • Publisher
  • Spatial Analyst
  • Workflow Manager

Online GIS

Server and Development Products


ERDAS IMAGINE is a software suite with photogrammetry, image processing, and remote sensing tools. We have a limited number of ERDAS IMAGINE licenses available. The yearly cost for ERDAS IMAGINE 2022 is $240 for an individual seat. Platform: Windows

As part of the ERDAS campus site license, you may be eligible for the academic version of the software. This is a one year license that can be registered on personal machines for academic use of the software. Individual copies can be requested with an email to Josh Obrecht ( providing the following information:

- name and department, University NetID and phone

Trimble Catalyst

Trimble Catalyst is a revolutionary GNSS concept delivering positioning-as-a-service to Android and iOS devices. With the addition of the simple, lightweight Trimble DA2 GNSS receiver and an on demand accuracy-based subscription, turn your smartphone or tablet into a precision mapping, navigation, and measurement tool you can use with any location enabled app or service.

This replaces our previous Trimble options and license structure.