GIS technology gives students an edge

Engineering and geospatial software provider Intergraph Corp. donated 500 copies of its GeoMedia Professional to Ball State. The total value of the software is $4.2 million.

“GeoMedia Pro gives students a resource to learn a technology that’s becoming increasingly prevalent,” says David Schoen, interim chair of the Department of Urban Planning. “They can hit the ground running in the job market.”

GeoMedia Pro is designed for the collection and maintenance of geographic information systems (GIS) data. Schoen describes the software as a spatially organized database that can be used to identify patterns on the earth and assist urban planners, and other professionals, to better allocate resources necessary to support our population.

GIS software is used in a variety of professions including urban planning, geology, biology, political science, and marketing. The software, which was donated in November, may be accessed by any current Ball State student or faculty member using university equipment.