Department of Geosciences -- Digital Mapping & Research Laboratory

Research lab Digital Mapping & Research Laboratory

The "Digital Mapping and Research Laboratory" (DML), is primarily devoted to the success of graduate students using state of the art research facilities in combination with faculty and staff help, and collaboration with other students.

Graduate students produce geologic maps from start to finish with help from laboratory staff, many which are offered for sale by the Idaho Geological Survey.

The lab is equipped with desktop computers with dual monitors purchased in 2010. Various software as required for specific projects as well as Microsoft Office Suite, ArcMap (for designing and managing solutions through the application of geographic knowledge), ENVI, Vulcan (Vulcan is the world’s premier 3D mining software) and Adobe Photoshop. Also available for production of papers and projects are various laser printers, a large format inkjet printer for posters, scanners, digital cameras, portable LCD projectors, large format digitizing table, laptops and GPS units. The equipment can be checked out and used by geology faculty and students as needed for presentations and meetings.


Teaching and Student Computer Labclass

Ted Reid ... native of Blackfoot, Idaho, entered the ISU Department of Geology in 1990 after many years as a successful financial consultant. He received a B.S. in Geology in 1994 and an M.S. in Geology in 1996.

Ted Reid

Ted had a strong interest in computer applications in geology, particularly in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and even as a student was a departmental leader in applying GIS to several geologic disciplines. He compiled GIS databases for general geologic use, wrote several GIS laboratory exercises for majors, and incorporated GIS analysis into his M.S. thesis research. Despite many ideas for greater expansion into GIS, Ted passed away in 1997.

In 2000, a new Digital Mapping and Research Laboratory was created. The Geology faculty and staff chose to honor Ted’s academic and personal achievements by dedicating it to him. Ted was a pioneer in utlizing GIS technologies.