History

The Center for Geospatial Research (CGR) was created in 1985 as the Laboratory for Remote Sensing and Mapping Science (LRMS). Find below a timeline with the main events in the center’s history:

1985 The Laboratory for Remote Sensing and Mapping Science is created as part of the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia. Roy Welch is appointed Director
1986 LRMS releases Flight Planner, the first commercial software to be developed at The University of Georgia
1987 LRMS becomes The Center for Remote Sensing and Mapping Science (CRMS)
1989 CRMS in partnership with R-WEL, Inc. releases the Desktop Mapping System (DMS), one of the first PC-based softcopy photogrammetry systems
1998 CRMS starts mapping the Everglades, Big Cypress and Biscayne National Parks
1998 CRMS was named a NASA Center of Excellence
2003 CRMS starts mapping the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GRSM) and 17 other parks in the Southeastern United States
2005 Marguerite Madden named Director of CRMS
2009 CRMS was given a Special Achievement in GIS Award by ESRI
2010 CRMS, Gainesville State College and PhotoScience Inc. awarded USGS-funded contract to provide high-resolution LiDAR and orthophotos of North Georgia and the Great Smoky Mountains
2012 CRMS changed its name to Center for Geospatial Research (CGR) to better reflect the current mission and future goals of the Center