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Geographic Information Systems

Municipal Infrastructure

One of the most fundamental and practical uses of GIS in our society is to map the infrastructure that we all depend on for our daily existence. GIS is used to map sewer lines and manholes, water lines and valves, electrical utilities, telecommunication facilities, transportation features, natural gas lines and more. By linking the location of these spatial infrastructure features to information, GIS provides the ability to effectively manage this infrastructure and make sure that it is properly maintained.

At Washington College, the GIS Program focuses on the mapping of sewer and water systems for smaller communities, with ongoing projects in Maryland and Pennsylvania.