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Faculty, students participate in GeoDesign Summit

Faculty members and students from the College of Environment and Design and Franklin College’s geography department recently participated in the 2012 GeoDesign Summit in Redlands, Calif.

CED faculty members Alison Bramlet and Cari Goetcheus, Wes Ryals, a graduate student in landscape architecture, and Thomas R. Jordan, associate director of the Center for Remote Sensing and Mapping Science, spoke at the summit, a “think tank conference” created three years ago for multidisciplinary design professionals focusing on the evolution of technology that is at the intersection of design and geographic space.

Bramlet’s talk, “The Greenprints Project: How GIS Can Inform Design Decisions,” emphasized the role of stakeholder feedback in establishing a park, trail and open spaces for a comprehensive infrastructure system for the city of Woodstock.

Goetcheus, Jordan and Ryals presented “Understanding the Past, Charting the Future: GeoDesign Opportunities in Cultural Landscape Research, Documentation and Management.”

The highlight of the presentation was Jordan’s work integrating aerial and terrestrial LIDAR, or Light Detection and Ranging, and Ryals’ work with Adobe Creative Suites software to assist in the documentation, analysis, evaluation and treatment of cultural landscapes.

Megan Turner, a master’s candidate in landscape architecture at UGA, also attended the GeoDesign Summit.