McMaster becomes first Canadian university designated as an ESRI Development Centre
The inclusion of McMaster as an EDC will further enhance and facilitate the use of GIS in education and research at McMaster. Currently, the School has over 14 undergraduate and graduate courses that make use of GIS as part of training and research. The School predominantly features geographical analysis software as part of its core curriculum.
Researchers within the School have developed an international reputation for developing innovative simulation systems. Several development models such as IMULATE, IMPACT-Hamilton and CLIMATE-C and various GIS and Spatial Analysis analytical extensions were developed based on MapObjects which is part of the ESRI development suite.
As an EDC, the University will have recognition and special status in the education of students in the advanced development of ESRI's GIS technology. Students will design and develop GIS applications using ESRI's ArcGIS desktop or server technology. The School's researchers will advance their expertise through participation in the annual ESRI Developer's summit and will offer student recognition through an annual achievement award.