Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission has had the opportunity to work with the Center of Applied Environmental & Geospatial Technology on two key initiatives covering our three counties involving land cover mapping and a sidewalk presence and condition survey.  Both projects were done very efficiently and with an incredible degree of accuracy.  We look forward to many more opportunities to work with the Center in the future. 

Steve Deck

Clearway Energy

The Harrisburg Steam Plant in effort to better manage system components and schedule maintenance for their underground district steam distribution network, formed a collaborative effort with the Geospatial Technology Center to design, develop and integrate a G.I.S. program. 

At the time, a district steam piping distribution system template was not available via ESRI. 

What ensued was a successful collaborative effort between the Steam Plant and the Geospatial Technology Center. While the Harrisburg Steam Plant provided the objectives and goals, the Geospatial Technology Center provided the skills, knowledge, training and expertise to successfully develop and integrate a working G.I.S. program.

The interns were required to develop new graphics or shape files since a steam piping distribution system template was not available from ESRI.  Interns also needed to understand the business of a steam network to fully design and develop the software for the new template.

The Harrisburg Steam Plant continues to utilize the G.I.S. program developed and implemented by the Geospatial Technology Center and continues to benefit from the information and support provided by the department.

Dayton Holmes


Harrisburg University’s Center of Applied Environmental & Geospatial Technology has been a highly valued participant in DEP’s Mine Map Grant Program.  Thanks to the expertise and diligence of the Center’s staff and students, they have processed thousands of historical coal mine maps into accurately georeferenced data for use in GIS applications.  Their efficient and cost-effective services have substantially improved DEP’s ability to share mining information with Pennsylvania’s citizens and industries, resulting in greater awareness of mine subsidence risks and other hazards associated with closed and abandoned underground coal mines. 

Keith Previc

Creston Environmental

With an expanding workload, we found ourselves in the need for geospatial mapping support but not enough work to necessitate hiring of a dedicated employee.  The Harrisburg University Center of Applied Environmental and Geospatial Technology (HU) has proven to be an ideal partner.  HU has met all our geospatial mapping needs, which in many cases involve very short turnaround times.    We see Harrisburg University as an extension of our staff and has proven to be a value-added relationship. 

Marc Reeves

Harrisburg University  

Recently I worked with the geospatial lab for a nursing feasibility study.  For this study, I needed a various amount of evidence to support the University’s application to the state board of nursing to start a BSN program. Craig sat down with me and helped me determine elements that I can use to support my document to create a picture using different data points.  This team took the time to understand my project and my needs. The reports were comprehensive and visually understandable. I found this opportunity very valuable. 

Nancy Mimm

Aerial Content Group

“The Center of Applied Environmental & Geospatial Technology has been an important partner and extremely instrumental in assisting Aerial Content Group, LLC with our client’s drone imagery georeferencing and GIS enabled cartographic needs. Their technicians are extremely detail oriented and prompt with the delivery of products allowing ACG to meet our client needs.”

Jason Minick

Harrisburg University  

It’s been a great experience getting to work with the Center of Applied Environmental & Geospatial Technology. Their team is always finding new ways to enhance their services and provide full support to their clients.  

As a client, I am more than happy with their services and their implementation of the newly added Alumni interactive media map! 

GeneCarlo Veno

Messiah University

The Center for Applied Environmental and Geospatial Technology has been an outstanding and dedicated partner for Messiah College’s projects in spatial history over the last six years. The Center worked with the Digital Harrisburg Initiative to develop several powerful interactive mapping tools for visualizing and assessing Harrisburg’s population and built environment a century ago, and is currently supporting our important and timely project to tell the story of redlining in the 1930s that contributed to the city’s patterns of racial segregation. Each of these has produced slick final products that facilitate the public visualization of the urban environment.  

Professor Sarvis and his team have also been been wonderful collaborators in a research project in the Corinthia, Greece, that has involved using unmanned aerial vehicles to capture high-resolution imagery of an important historical and archaeological landscape.  The faculty, staff, and students in the center are committed to providing professional work of the highest quality.   

David Pettigrew