The GIC

Mission

The goal of the Geographic Information Centre (GIC) is to actively support the teaching, learning and research activities of McGill University in the areas of Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing.

            It is our pleasure to welcome you to the new academic year 2014-2015. We start our third year highly motivated and excited about continuing our support of different projects, providing an excellent space for students to work in GIS and Remote Sensing and developing new collaborations.  Recently, we became an ESRI Centre for Excellence (ECCE), together with other five universities in Canada: University of Victoria, University of Waterloo, McMaster University, Simon Fraser University, Nova Scotia Community College-Dalhousie University. As an ECCE we expect to provide new opportunities (e.g. geospatial research) to Faculty and students using ArcGIS and other tools developed by ESRI, as well as forging the next generation of geospatial tools and techniques.

            As part of our training objectives, this year we will have free drop-in workshops on Fridays (2-3 hours) with topics covering basic mapping, Python, and remote sensing for beginners among others. In addition, a new research area is planned to host undergraduate students working for the different projects the Centre supports. We will continue working closely with McGill Libraries in order to guide GIS and RS data requests that commonly come to our front desk service.

            Please keep visiting us at gic.geog.mcgill.ca for GIS news and events carried out by the Centre, such as GIS Day 2014 (November 19), courses and others.

Opening Hours

Please check the GIC’s opening hours for the fall 2014 and winter 2015. During opening hours we are glad to support for your GIS and remote sensing needs. We highly recommend users to make an appointment through gicsupport@mcgill.ca for specific projects (M.Sc or PhD) since we might not have the time to deal with “urgent” requests on a walk-in basis. Front desk people in the GIC don’t answer or solve assignment questions from students. For help with GIS/RS courses students should address their questions to the TA or course professor.

Outside opening hours, it is possible to request after-hour access for members of the McGill community in need of the facility (specifically for GIS and RS work) by emailing us at gicsupport@mcgill.ca. Students need a request from a faculty member on their behalf. The GIC can rescind this access at any time if deemed necessary.

On the weekends, the Burnside Hall is closed to the public, but it is accessible to the McGill community with a valid McGill id card that has been programmed for after hours access.

 The GIC team

 Pablo Arroyo – GIC Director

PhDUniversity of Connecticut. USA. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Advisor: Dr. Robin Chazdon. Thesis: “Natural forest management plans in Costa Rica: A potential framework for assessing tree diversity”

M.Sc. University of Alberta Alberta, Canada. Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Advisor: Dr. Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa. Thesis: “Forest cover assessment, fragmentation analysis and secondary forest detection for the Chorotega region, Costa Rica”

B.Fo. School of Forestry. Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, Costa Rica. Advisor: Dr. Julio C. Calvo. Honors Thesis: “Ensayos de Adaptabilidad de especies nativas en la zona sur the Costa Rica”

Area of Knowledge: Tropical forestry, Forest ecology, Diversity assessment, GIS, Remote sensing and Landscape ecology, Project management

Contact him by phone at 514-398-6052 or email him at pablo.arroyo@mcgill.ca

 Ablajan Sulaiman – Research Assistant

PhD. Montreal University. Canada. Geography. Advisor: Dr. Christopher Bryant Thesis:” Regional Economic Development, Policy and Regional Disparity in Large Territories:   The Case of Canada and China”.

M.Sc. Xinjiang Normal University. China. Geography.  Thesis:” The Study of Sustainable Development of Bugur County

B.Sc. Xinjiang Normal University. China. Geography. Thesis:” Proper Exploitation and Utilization of Xinjiang Natural Resources

Area of Expertise: Geography, GIS/RS, Web Mapping & Design, Web Development and Database Management, Geo-spatial Data Visualization

Interests: GIS Application, Web GIS, Integrative Research, Comparative Data Analysis.

Contact him by phone at 514-398-7438 or email him at ablajan.sulaiman@mcgill.ca

Ruilan Shi – GIS technician

ruilanwebpicM.U.P. – McGill University -School of Urban Planning. Advisers: Jeanne Mary Wolfe and David Brown. Thesis Title : Spatial Analysis of Urbanization in Greater Montreal.

  • Bachelor of Economics – Renmin University, China

Area of expertise: Provide help on using ArcGIS, troubleshooting ArcGIS versions, ArcGIS licenses, GIS software solutions.

Contact her by phone at 514-398-7438 or email her at ruilan.shi@mcgill.ca