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Ph.D. in Planning, Design and the Built Environment

Contact Information

P: 864-656-3898
E: crbh@clemson.edu

Campus Location

Lee 3-130, Clemson, SC 29634

Hours

Monday - Friday:
8:00am - 5:00pm

Resources

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Facilities at Clemson

    A Geographic Information System (GIS) is software for overlaying, integrating, and analyzing geographically referenced data, often assembled from different sources. While the concept is not new, its merger with today's capabilities of digital computers has revolutionized approaches to land use planning, natural resource management, as well as housing and demographic analyses. In the last 40 years, GIS technology has expanded rapidly and found a home in a number of additional applications – cartography, environmental assessment, real estate management, ecological research, transportation analysis, business applications, market analysis, and more.

    GIS technology provides powerful tools for understanding and analyzing important problems we face today such as rapid urbanization, neighborhood dynamics, sprawl, habitat changes, and the impacts of land use change on the global environment. Recognizing the centrality of GIS problem-solving capabilities, Clemson University has significant capacity for GIS research and training with a multimillion-dollar facilities expansion. Five student-computing labs with 72 dedicated GIS workstations are located in Lee, Barre, and Lehotsky Halls.

    These GIS labs accommodate classwork and research projects in the design, development, and analysis of spatial databases, remote sensing images, as well as the latest in modeling techniques. They provide a "hands-on" learning environment. Students enjoy low faculty-to-student ratios and access to a GIS workstation without having to share with another student.

    All the GIS computers on campus are connected. Clemson's GIS facilities provide essential information tools so that faculty and students can:

    • Model real-world problems by graphically analyzing data
    • Conduct "what-if" scenarios
    • Share crucial information across the University's network
    • Coordinate and communicate key concepts between teams and campus organizations
    • Communicate research and project results by creating maps, tables and charts for use in journal articles, term papers and theses
    • Use state-of-the-art tools from the leading GIS and Remote sensing software
    • Access a rich collection of databases that provide both geospatial boundary and statistical information (e.g. census, environmental, terrain, geological, political, etc.)
    • Access available online GIS Training

    Clemson is committed to offering our students the finest in higher educational GIS facilities. Labs at 2-212 Lee Hall and B108 Barre Hall are Planning's primary GIS facilities. These labs have 24-hour access. They contain a "smart classroom" equipped with a video and data projector. The Lee lab has 15 Dell quad processing workstations with 23-inch monitors and 8 GB of memory. The Barre planning lab has 14 Dell workstations with the same features as the Lee lab. Each lab has a HP 4600 color laser printer and network access to Barre's HP DesignJet 36" plotter. All labs can access multi-terabyte GIS databases for research on regional, state, national, and international issues.

    The workstations run Windows 7 Professional and use the most current ESRI ArcGIS and ERDAS Imagine software. With this arrangement, students have access to the world's most popular GIS and remote sensing software and latest computer hardware. While connected to the University network, the labs have their own sub network and server where students can access their data from anywhere on campus. In Fall 2012, the labs will be connected with VM software allowing student to have virtual computers. They can use any computer as well as their own PC and use Clemson’s GIS software and data.

    Clemson has a premier site license for all Esri developed products. They are maintained by CCIT. Through this site license, faculty and students have free access to most Esri Virtual Campus online courses. In addition, student can have free copies of ArcGIS and its extension on their own personal computers.

  • Gunnin Library

    The Gunnin Library in Lee Hall has more than 40,000 books, 85,000 slides, professional journals and periodicals, and a planning document collection. The main University library holds more than a million books, periodicals and government publications. The library also provides excellent research sources through over 75 research databases. The Rudolph Lee Gallery adds to the creative atmosphere of the college including fine arts exhibits. Student, faculty, and well-known professionals representing all disciplines of the college have exhibitions throughout the year.

  • Research and Public Service Research

    Research and public service are ongoing activities in the Department and the College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities. Recent areas of research include sustainability analysis, energy assessment, water resource planning, land use studies, retail market analysis, housing and community development strategies, downtown market studies, geographic information systems, infrastructure and transportation planning, solid waste, environmental problems and health planning. Students often join these projects as research assistants.

    Public service projects are carried out on a regular basis in several classes. The Professional Studio class provides all second-year students with the opportunity to work on one or more local planning projects for clients. Students carry out these projects in the same manner as a planning office. This experience, along with the internship and work-study opportunities, provide Clemson graduates with significant real world work experience preparing them for the job market.

    Restoration Institute

    The mission of the Clemson University Restoration Institute is to advance knowledge in integrative approaches to the restoration of historic, ecological, and urban infrastructure resources. The institute will drive economic growth through the creation, development, and production of restoration industries and technology, patented advanced materials, cost-effective and environmentally sensitive land development and restoration practices and policies, and the development and renewal of restoration-related professional disciplines and highly trained workforce. Through its design studios and research laboratories at Clemson University and the Low Country of South Carolina, the Institute will provide hands-on research and educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students through internships and industrial fellowships. Clemson will lead a national and international network of academic institutions conducting restoration-related research. Operations are being established in both Clemson and Charleston.

Facilities

Lee III Home of PDBE Program

The PDBE Program is located in Lee Hall where studio space is available. The building contains classrooms, seminar rooms, and computer labs, as well as the Emery Gunnin Library. Student study space, computer workstations, two studios and a lounge space area are available for the use of planning students.

Contact Information

P: 864-656-3898
E: crbh@clemson.edu

Campus Location

Lee 3-130, Clemson, SC 29634

Hours

Monday - Friday:
8:00am - 5:00pm

Ph.D. in Planning, Design and the Built Environment
Ph.D. in Planning, Design and the Built Environment | Lee 3-130, Clemson, SC 29634