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Spatial and Numeric Data Services (SAND) Lab

The SAND Lab houses state of the art computer facilities equipped with tools for handling digital geographic information and the spatial analysis of built form.

About the SAND Lab

Fall & Winter Hours

See the SAND North description on the library website for drop-in hours and information for making appointments or getting help remotely.

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning offers a variety of computational services to support architecture, urban planning and urban design students. Located in room 2107A, Spatial and Numeric Data Services (SAND) North Lab houses computer facilities equipped with tools for handling digital geographic information and the spatial analysis of built form. The lab is staffed with specially trained consultants to assist with the ability to:

  • Locate and acquire digital numeric and spatial data sets for course or individual research – for example, for site studies – contours, other spatial data, aerial photos and demographics
  • Provide technical assistance with problem solving and using software for spatial analysis
  • Assist users who want to learn Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or incorporate it into their research, either directly or by locating campus resources for more advanced assistance
  • Provide access to a variety of spatial and statistical software – such as Google Earth Pro, ArcGIS for Desktop and ERDAS Imagine – and help with data management and translation
  • Collaborate with the Library's Government Information Center to provide a complete resource for locating Census data
  • Provide course-related and library instruction on data related topics, both in the classroom and in the lab
  • Acquire, store, and provide access to digital spatial data sets on a local server

The University Library's Spatial and Numeric Data Services (SAND) provides assistance with spatial data, numeric data, and statistics for the University of Michigan community.

Location

North Campus SAND Lab: 2107A
Art & Architecture Building

Contact information:

North Campus SAND Lab: 2107A Art & Architecture Building, Tel: 734-615-5129
Central Campus SAND Services: Clark Library Lab, in the Hatcher Graduate Library building, Tel: 734-764-0410

The lab is managed by Nicole Scholtz