Our Facilities

Applied Digital Geography and GIS students enjoy access to the state–of–the–art geotechnology offered by the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Ryerson University.


There are three GIS labs:

  • The GIS Teaching Lab consists of 43 workstations each having 3.2GHz dual core processors, 1 gigabyte of memory, 320 gigabyte hard disks, 256 megabyte video cards, and 19” LCD flat panel displays. The network switches give each machine a 1-gigabit connection to the departmental servers.

  • The GIS Open Lab is next door to the teaching lab which students can access during the daytime seven days a week and during evenings Monday through Friday. It has 34 workstations each having 2.4GHz processors, 512 megabytes of memory, 80 gigabyte hard disks, 128 megabyte video cards and 17” LCD flat panel displays.

  • A Virtual Lab provides the geotechnology required for online delivery of the certificate courses.


There are site licenses for all of industry–standard GIS software: the full ESRI suite including ArcGIS (ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcScene, ArcInfo Workstation, and add–ons), SDE, IMS and ArcObjects; MapInfo Professional; and Intergraph’s Geomedia. ERDAS Imagine and PCI Geomatica are utilized for digital imaging processing. Versions of the software are kept up–to–date through our licensing agreements.

Database software consists of MS Access, SQL Server and Oracle Spatial. All workstations are equipped with MS Office.

Developer tools include Visual Studio environment and .NET 2.0 framework.

Certificate students are eligible to obtain a one–year license of the student edition of ArcGIS to load on their home computer.


There are diverse, real–world datasets in ready–to–use format sitting on the servers, including CanMap from DMTI Spatial (Canada–wide street network, postal codes, land uses, and points of interest) and census data from Statistics Canada at the census tract and dissemination area levels.

All Certificate students also have access numerous datasets from the Geospatial Map and Data Centre in the Ryerson library.