IGIS has PhD Lab facility for 10 students. In this lab student have access to high end computers, processing clusters with remote access in case they have high end computational requirements.

The GIS mobility lab of the Institute of Geographical Information Systems, housed a the School of Interdisciplinary Engineering & Sciences is one of our state of the art lab. The lab is equipped with high end computing and is affiliated with projects that are based on Mobility Analytics.

 

The lab works on issues like transportation, species tracking, moving object analysis and how vectors in an urban environment can be monitored for control etc.

 

The Final Year Design Project lab at IGIS, is available to all Final Year students for research and their project related work. It houses various high end computers, storage clusters, a Clinostat, microcontrollers and electronics items that students can use for creating their IoT components for the projects they do.
A dedicated set of IoT devices ae available for student to use in their project. These devices serve as the backend for many GIS applications and allow for realtime data collection and display.

 

Here students can be seen working on an assembly that is meant for Augmented Reality toolset development.

 

The lab is also equipped with a clinostat. Which is also a part of the national space program of SUPARCO Pakistan. This equipment can simulate 0 gravity on objects placed on it, and then researchers/students can monitor the possible effect of lack of gravity on different plant species in different provided growth conditions.

 

Of the drones the lab houses a DJI Phantom 4 drones, which is used for survey and mapping needs of students, arising out of their projects.

 

The lab houses 2x computers with installation of Pix4D mapper, licenced by the department for academic use and student projects.

 

The department has an ASD FieldSpec spectroradiometer which delivers the fastest and most accurate spectral field measurements available from any commercial field-portable spectroradiometer. Continued enhancements to core instrument spectrometers and other critical components have dramatically improved overall performance, signal, and integration speeds compared to earlier models.

 

The department also has a MicaSense Red Edge camera designated for high end student projects for vegetation mapping and monitoring. This can range from crops to urban green areas.
The Remote Sensing Lab at the IGIS is equipped with high end Pentium Quad core computers.

 

The Lab is equipped with high end commercial and free and open source GIS software for student requirements. One such software available for students is the GRASS GIS. Which has one of the most powerful image processing engine for remote sensing data. And can also handle large volume of other spatial data.

 

The lab also is equipped with the Centre Nationale de Etudes Scientific (french national centre for scientific education) software Orfeo Toolbox. The software implements a variety of machine learning and AI algorithms for rapid image processing and analysis.

 

The SAGA GIS toolbox is a complete set of utilities for geospatial analysis of scientific nature on spatial data. The software is available for student to run their complex analysis needs on.

 

In this Lab IGIS also has a set of tools, which includes a stereoscopes. Wherever students need to work on aerial and printed drone imageries and work on a deeper understanding of parallax, these stereoscopes are used.

 

The lab is also equipped with a computerised image reading stereoscope. This is one tool that works best with older or newer images that are strored in digital format.

The GIS lab, at IGIS is equipped with GIS software and resources. Some of key licences available to students of BE Geo-Informatics and MS Remote Sensing and GIS include, ArcGIS Enterprise Edition, ArcGIS Pro. Other than that student’s have access to virtual machines, that run any software of their choice on two dedicated clusters. Each hosting 256 GB or RAM and 40 Xeon Processing cores with a dedicated 40 TB storage. Students in the lab frequently use, Free and Open Source GIS software and database solutions, that include GRASS GIS, QGIS, Postgres, Sqlite, Orfeo Toolbox, Mapserver and many more.

 

One of the most powerful enterprise solution in the market is the ArcGIS software and its pro edition for the GIS users. IGIS licences the software regularly for its students.

 

Another important software used at large by the GIS community is Quantum GIS. Known for its hassle free installation, free availability and ease of use. The software is run on all computers at the institute.

 

Another important tool is the gv SIG. Supported by the Open Geospatial consortium and is available in the lab for students, who have to conduct software specific tasks.

 

Of the many other GIS software, which are a part of the free and open source GIS stack, students are supported and allowed to run these software for their project related tasks.