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Geographic information systems software
ESRI's ArcGIS Pro software is the industry standard for geographic information systems (GIS). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Waterloo has obtained an ESRI institutional license, which permits any student or employee of University of Waterloo to use ESRI software for teaching, learning, and research purposes. Learn more about accessing ESRI ArcGIS software.
There are also free tools available online for GIS; we recommend:
A free and open source geographic information system.
Create, edit, visualise, analyse and publish geospatial information on Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD and mobile devices - for your desktop, server, in your web browser and as developer libraries.
The world's most detailed globe.
Working with QGIS
- Often QGIS will not allow you to save a new layer unless you are specifying where the layer can be saved on your computer. It also needs to be saved in a place that you can access.
Other GIS tools
Transforms data from public sources such as OpenStreetMap, NASA, and USGS into neatly organized CAD files.
An Open Source Geographic Information System providing powerful raster, vector and geospatial processing capabilities. It can be used either as a stand-alone application or as backend for other software packages such as QGIS and R or in the cloud.
ArcGIS for AutoCAD
A free plug-in that simplifies the way you share and synchronize GIS content between AutoCAD and ArcGIS.
A standalone, multipurpose GIS image viewer that enables you to work with a variety of file types. You can display and explore MrSID files, raster imagery, LiDAR point clouds, and vector overlays.
A graphical algorithm editor tightly integrated with Rhino’s 3-D modeling tools.