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Keck GIS Commons

Established by W.M. Keck Sense of Place grant and the Dean's Office. We can be found in Palmer Hall Room 1.

Contact Beth Scaffidi, GIS Administrator


Services we provide:

  • Licensing ArcMap and other geospatial software for use on and off-campus
  • Assist faculty, students, and staff with acquiring spatial data and maps
  • Provide research design consultations
  • Support GIS use in faculty and student research projects
  • Assist and train Faculty to integrate GIS in classes and research
  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced GIS training
  • Training on data design and collection methods with ArcOnline, Trimbles, etc.

Lab Hours:

The lab is staffed from 8 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday. Additional night and weekend hours will be scheduled during the academic year based on student worker availability.

The last person out of the lab must close the door (it’s already locked) and turn off the lights.

After-hours Access:

Professors needing after-hours access for their students should email with a list of student names, start, and end date. I will provide that list to campus security and post it on the lab door. When students need access, they just need to call the campus security non-emergency number (719) 389-7607 and ask to be let in.

Lab Policies: 

  • You are welcome to bring food into the lab, but please clean up after yourself (remove all trash/ recyling). Make sure to park drinks far away from the computers to avoid spills.
  • If you're not solo in the lab, be mindful of your volume and do your best to let others concentrate. Don't play music if there are others in the lab. 

GIS Lab Facilities

19 High end workstations

15 Dell  Optiplex 990

  • Intel Core i7-2600 @ 3.4 GHz (Quad core and HT)
  • 8 - 16 GIGs RAM
  • 350 GIG HDs

4 Dell Precision T3500

  • Intel XEON W3690 @ 3.47 GHz (Six Cores and HT)
  • 12 GIGs ECC RAM
  • 1TB+ HDs

Data Storage Server

Dell PowerEdge R510

  • Dual Intel Xeon W3690 @ 3.47GHz (12 Cores and HT)
  • 52+ Terabytes storage Capacitywow


ArcSDE for Server Workgroup

  • MS SQL Server Express 2008
  • 10 Simultaneous connections to multiuser geodatabase
  • 10GB Multiuser geodatabase storage capacity
  • 1TB total storage capacity

Specialized Software Installed on Palmer Lab Computers

Windows 7 64 Bit

  • ArcGIS Online
  • ArcGIS Pro v1.0
  • ESRI ArcGIS Deskop Advanced v10.3.1
  • ESRI ArcPAD v10.2.2
  • ESRI CityEngine 2015.1
  • ET Geowizards
  • GeoMapApp
  • Geospatial Modeling Environment (
  • Global Earthquake Explorer
  • Google Earth Pro
  • Grass
  • MicroDEM
  • Multispec
  • QGIS
  • R and RStudio
  • Saga GIS
  • Trimble Pathfinder Office (limited seats) 
  • IDig

in VirtualPC - XP Mode

  • ESRI ArcINFO Desktop v9.3.1
  • Hawths Tools
  • ESRI ArcVIEW 3.3
  • Office