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Three local partners creating geospatial technology center

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Three organizations have announced a partnership to create the Central Pennsylvania Geospatial Technology Center, and they want local businesses to be aware of the resources it will offer them.

Gannett Fleming, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and Harrisburg Area Community College will use technology to connect students, faculty and professionals from the three organizations. It will operate online and offer practical, real-world assignments for students to supplement a comprehensive program of academic content.

“What ultimately we’re looking for is companies in the area who do this type of geospatial work for students to help on projects,” said Albert Sarvis, assistant professor of geospatial technology at Harrisburg University. “We’re trying to find more opportunities for students to get experience beyond traditional internships, which are somewhat limiting.”

Geospatial technology is a collective term encompassing three primary technologies: geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems and remote sensing. It has applications in fields including civil engineering, geography and surveying, cartography and mapping, urban and environmental planning, public safety and security, intelligence gathering, utilities, transportation, forestry and agriculture.

Gannett Fleming is a global infrastructure firm that provides planning, design, technology and construction management services. Harrisburg University offers the only four-year degree program in geospatial technology in the region. HACC offers an associate degree in GIS and a certificate program for those with a degree that are looking for job advancement.


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