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Geospatial Research Institute

The Auburn University at Montgomery Geospatial Research Institute (GSRI) is equipped with the ability to perform aerial, land, elemental, physical, and geospatial data research. The lab houses modern, sensitive, accurate data capturing equipment. We utilize well-trained research assistants that work directly under Dr. Terance Winemiller.

The GSRI is now making lab services available to the world outside of this university. We are excited to have the opportunity to quote individuals, private companies, military, police, and other universities for lab services like surveying, analysis for elements, 3D scanning, or aerial photography that can be used in Geographic Information Services or output as a printable mosaic.  

Geospatial Research Institute Services Available

The Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) is equipped with a high resolution camera with a program that allows it to run a scheduled area while taking hundreds of fine detail pictures. It transforms the photos into a orthographic mosaicked map image. These digital images can be used for 3D elevation models with 2.0 cm/pixel resolution. These photos can also be taken with an infrared camera. The UAS is useful for research in law enforcement and military detection, searches, investigations, and land navigation. It can be used for research in real estate for high resolution land surveying. There are many other uses for this technology in the research field.
*AUM holds a Certificate of Authorization granted by the FAA for research flights. 

The 3D Laser Line Scanner is capable of scanning small to very large objects for digital output into a comprehensive program that gives your object a 360 degree view into a file that can be kept for research and records. The 3D scanner is useful for metrological testing, archival cataloging and dissemination, surface wear analysis, modal ceramic analysis, and other research needs.

The pXrf X-ray Element Analyzer is a highly sensitive portable photon laser that can positively identify both light and heavy elements with precise data output. The pXRF is useful for obsidian or metal assay, positive material ID, soil screening, restricted materials assay, lead screening, food or medications assay, and other research needs.

The GSRI is heavily equipped with Geospatial Survey Equipment with terra surveying technology, GPS point locators, and magnetic gradiometers.  The ground survey equipment is useful for geophysical surveys, archaeological prospecting, forensics, unexploded ordinance location, GIS data collection, and much more for whatever surveying needs you may have. 

To learn more about Dr. Winemiller's projects and interests, choose any of the links below:

Dr. Winemiller's Personal Profile:

Carnegie Explorer:

GIS Corps Mission with Jaxa, Japan:

Honduras Report:

To Contact the Geospatial Research Institute for service requests or with questions, please click on the email links below or dial the numbers below:

Tanya Burton, Geospatial Research Institute
Senior Research Associate
(334) 244-3209
Dr. Terance Winemiller
AUM College of Public Policy and Justice, Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Geography
(334) 244-3945