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.
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Virginia Tech’s Center for Geospatial Information Technology (CGIT) hosted the Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation during the week of January 25th in order to train over 20 individuals to become FEMA Certified Floodplain Managers. The course titled “Managing Floodplain Development through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)” was attended by CGIT staff members along with other local government organizations across Virginia including Montgomery County, Virginia Beach, Franklin County, and many others.
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.