About the GeoPlan Center
The Geo-Facilities Planning and Information Research Center, or GeoPlan Center, was established in 1984 as a response to local and statewide needs for a teaching and research environment in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The Center is affiliated with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, in the University of Florida's College of Design, Construction and Planning.
The UF GeoPlan Center works to support land use, transportation, and environmental planning in the State of Florida by providing geospatial and planning expertise, data, training, and education to the stakeholders involved in the planning process.
The GeoPlan Center's Director is Dr. Paul Zwick, Co-Director is Peggy Carr, and is managed by Alexis Thomas. Since its inception, GeoPlan has become a multidisciplinary GIS Laboratory.
The GeoPlan Center is self-funded through various contracts with state governmental agencies, non-governmental agencies, and other private organizations. The GeoPlan Center attracts approximately 1 to 1.5 million dollars annually.
Current and past research includes contracts and grants from:
- Florida Department of Environmental Protection
- Florida Department of Transportation
- Florida Power and Light
- Florida Power Corporation
- Florida Marine Research Institute
- Florida Department of Community Affairs
- Florida Trail Association
- St. Johns River Water Management District
- Southwest Florida Water Management District
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. Navy
- U.S. Forest Service
- U.S. Agency for International Development
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- The Nature Conservancy
- Wildlife Conservation Society
- Office of Central American Programs
- Duke Power Corporation
- Numerous counties and cities throughout the State of Florida
2008 - ESRI Special Achievment in GIS (SAG)
SAG Awards are given each year at the ESRI User Conference to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of GIS users around the world.
2008 - Exemplary Human Environment Initiatives and Exemplary Ecosystem Initiatives - Federal Highway Administration, USDOT
Two Awards from the Federal Highway Administration, USDOT for GeoPlan's contribution to the Efficient Transportaion Decision Making process.
2005 - Davis Productivity Awards
Awarded to the Environmental Screening Tool Development Team for innovation, dedication and commitment to the preparation and recovery efforts during the unprecedented 2004 hurricane season.
1999 - National Best Environmental Practices Award
Awarded by American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials to the Florida Department of Transportation and the UF GeoPlan Center's Florida Geographic Data Library. In recognition of outstanding collaborative efforts with other agencies or organizations which have produced significant advances in environmental planning.