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GIS System Requirements

Hardware (computers and peripherals to store the GIS data)

VCU has a license server running so that faculty, staff, and students can connect and run ESRI's ArcGIS suite.

VCU also has an ArcIMS server that is managed by Technology Services.

  • This service allows users to perform GIS analyses and functions without installing software on a user's computer.
  • Currently from this machine, GIS information is available on the Inger and Walter Rice Center for the Environmental Life Sciences.

Software (to access, query, manage, present and analyze GIS data)

All ArcGIS products (ArcView, ArcEditor and ArcInfo) are comprised of the ArcMap, ArcCatalog, and ArcToolbox applications.

These products can be thought of as different levels:

Note: A user can change the 'level' of the software by using the desktop administrator.


Data such as standard map and graphics file formats, images, CAD files, spreadsheets, relational databases, census data.

People (to collect, manage and analyze data)

At VCU there are several individuals who are active in GIS projects. Some are in the system management role, keeping the GIS servers running; some collect data and create the layers to specific geographic areas; while others provide training on using GIS.


This article was updated: 07/2/2013

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