Fleming College School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences

GIS Applied Research Collaborative Project

A client's guide to getting your GIS applied research completed for free!



What are Collaborative Projects?

This classroom-based unpaid team applied research project helps students use their 10 months of study to promote the research, development, testing, and analyzing of real world information for you. Students in groups of 3 are advised by an experienced faculty member and will maintain contact with you, accept feedback, meet your project deadlines, manage the production of deliverables to industry standards, and formally present their results, solutions and findings back to you (their client) and present to a faculty committee for approval.

Students presenting their solution at the GIS Open House

Submit your Winter 2020 project idea using this form!


Example Projects and Reports

Our projects are GIS-focused solutions. Review some highlighted projects, recent projects shown on the Map, or view a Recent Project List to learn what we can do for you.

  • Wastewater System Digital Location and Hydrological Modelling for Port Hope (PDF Report)
  • Habitat Suitability Index for Five-lined Skink (Plestiodon fasciatus): a species at risk Lizard in Thousand Islands National Park (PDF Report)
  • Building an OpenData Portal for the City of Barrie
  • Development Applications Dashboard for the Municipality of Clarington (PDF Report)

We try our best to assign all projects to students, but occasionally there are more projects than student groups available.


Project Scope

Projects can be quite large, start in March and are completed by June of each year. Working on-campus, students in groups of 3 plan your project in March and April. For May and June, students work 4 days per week on your project. This works out to be about 100 hours of planning and 500 hours of working on your project! To have your project selected, it is important to make it interesting, challenging, and (ideally) visible to the public.

For a project to meet academic requirements, it must have at least 4 of the 6 items:

Working on-campus, students plan your project in March and April. For May and June, students work 4 days per week on your project. Throughout the 16 weeks students communicate with you (at least one meeting per week), with oversight by skilled faculty advisers. In January, students bid on projects they want to work on and Faculty make the final groups for each project later that month.


Submit your Project Ideas

Clients include companies, NGO's, federal, provincial and municipal governments, with people that may or may not have the technical experience to complete the project themselves. We provide the (newly educated) experts and an experienced advisor, for no charge! All we ask is to be responsive to the groups for data, requirements, weekly meetings and answering questions in the April through June period.

Each year projects are to be submitted by the end of November, with the bulk of the work being performed in May and June.

Submit your project request for 2020


Thank you for Helping!

A tax-deductible donation per completed project is encouraged (but not required) to help innovate and improve the program. Make donations directly to the GIS programs collaborative project fund to support the program, future projects and our students.

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