Central Virginia Planning District Commission Hazard Mitigation Plan 2020 Update

A Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) identifies specific measures to be taken by a community to reduce their vulnerability from future hazard events and shorten the recovery time. Contracted by the Central Virginia Planning District Commission (CVPDC, aka, Region 2000), the Center for Geospatial Information Technology (CGIT) at Virginia Tech has carried out the original plan (2006), the first update (2013), and the most recent update (2020) of CVPDC HMP.

Virginia Broadband Planning and Analysis Toolbox

Broadband service providers, citizens, and governments have access to broadband planning via the toolbox. The toolbox currently includes: Virginia Broadband Availability Map and Integrated Broadband Planning and Analysis Tool, Vertical Assets Inventory Tool 2.0, Virginia Telecommunications Policy Database, SurveyCardinal, and DataCardinal.

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Crash Geolocation

CGIT is creating a spatial database of geolocated crashes for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and highway safety professionals to improve safety through education and enforcement.

Virginia Vineyards Portal

CGIT is enhancing and rebranding our Vineyards Site Assessment Tool to include more data and tools. Among the features to be added are user-created accounts with the potential to receive email alerts based on new weather data gathered from a variety of outside sources, a new site score feature and interactive map and model interface, and more.

National Extension Web-mapping Tool (N.E.W.T.)

CGIT is developing an online GIS mapping tool and a dataset tailored to the needs of the Cooperative Extension. This tool will allow extension professionals to view data for the geographic area of their choice and download the data for integration in reports.


CGIT is partnering with citizen scientists to study and conserve native Appalachian medicinal forest plants.

Bike Sensor

CGIT is developing a bike-mounted Raspberry Pi unit and web viewer to store and analyze data from various sensors to measure air quality along bike routes in and around Blacksburg.

NRV 911

This project focuses on the standardization of GIS data from the County of Montgomery, Town of Christiansburg, Town of Blacksburg, and Virginia Tech in order to provide 911 dispatchers a seamless, uniform map view of these jurisdictions. The processes developed for this project should be applicable to other jurisdictions.


Department of Veterans Services Data Management System

Virginia Tech’s Center for Geospatial Information Technology has been working to improve informational databases across service lines of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services.  The work of the center will help 15,000 veterans access educational, employment, and support resources across Virginia.

Renewable Energy Facility Siting

CGIT provides site analysis and decision support for large and small scale renewable energy facilities.  Visual inventory analysis and scenic landscape analysis methods can be combined with solar radiation and wind speed models, energy infrastructure, economic, policy, and other criteria to cmopare design alternatives and scenarios.

3D Blacksburg

CGIT is leading an initiative to create a comprehensive three-dimensional model of the town of Blacksburg, Virginia. The virtual model will include topography, aerial photography, and buildings in a 3-D environment that can be used to visualize related spatial information such as building interiors, utilities, and networks.