The Center for Geospatial Information Technology (CGIT) is a research center that is part of the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech. Located in Torgersen Hall, CGIT maintains relationships that foster creative geospatial solutions for the community at Virginia Tech and beyond.
Our interdisciplinary approach allows us to tackle issues in various fields of interest such as transportation, telecommunications, industry, geography, and emergency response coordination. Our research has encouraged and inspired many students to pursue career options that involve geospatial analysis, and we hope that those involved with CGIT are able to come away with a better understanding of how important geospatial information technology is for everyone's lives.
CGIT has been mentioned in the CNRE Newsmagazine for participating in the recreation of a tornado in 3-D that could provide a more effective way to study storms. Meteorologist Jim Cantore visited Virginia Tech on February 6 to experience the storm inside the Cube, the immersive space used to display the storm. Matt Vaughan, a researcher from CGIT, developed the GIS map layers that worked with radar data to place the storm on the grid.
CGIT has taken the opportunity to give our website quite an update including a new layout consistent with the College of Natural Resources' web presence, updated contact and facility information, current research and development information, and a more comprehensive look at who we are and what we do!
The college already boasts a majority of Virginia Tech's coursework related to geographic technologies, making CGIT an excellent addition to the current CNRE research centers.