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GIS Applied Research Collaborative Project

A client's guide to Fleming GIS applied research projects

What are Collaborative Research Projects?

This classroom-based unpaid team project helps students apply their 10 months of study to promote the research, development, testing, and analyzing of real world information for you. There are 3 versions of the post-graduate GIS programs at Fleming:

Note: For 2021-2022 all programs are delivered live-online

Students from the post-grad programs work in groups of 3 and are advised by an experienced faculty member. Throughout the process they 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. The group must present to a faculty committee for grading and approval. Students are compensated by marks as this forms part of their program requirements.

Students presenting their solution at the GIS Open House

Submit your 2022 idea before end of November 2021 here!

Example Projects and Reports

Our projects are GIS-focused solutions. Review some highlighted projects, recent projects shown on the Map, or view a list of projects from Spring 2021 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)
  • 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 work 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 is 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) results that can be shared publicly.

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

Throughout the project duration students communicate with you (we recommend at least one meeting per week), with oversight by academic and professional industry advisers.

Your project must be submitted by end of November to have students to select their projects in early January.

Submit your Project Ideas

Our 20+ years of clients have included 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 free! 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. Projects are demonstrated by students at our public open house, scheduled for June 2022. More information for the open house will be provided on this website in by June 2022.

Submit your project request today!

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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