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City of Opelika, AL

In complying with Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) regulations, the City of Opelika is collaborating with GRAC. Auburn University (AU) Business and MIS students, under the guidance of GRAC researchers and GIS & IT City departments, will be mapping several thousand infrastructure points within the city.  The project began in March 2014 and will continue through the Fall.

Riviera Utilities, Foley, AL

Riviera Utilities needed an efficient method to identify and retrieve information about their underground infrastructure facilities.  AU Business and MIS students, and GRAC researchers, conducted experiments that used GPS and RFID technologies to determine their effective use in retrieving information.  This research will also help Riviera locate infrastructure for disaster-recovery purposes in cases of storm-related damage.

Berntsen Intl. Inc

GRAC is working with Berntsen to determine the effectiveness of using RFID systems, combined with GPS and magnetic technology, to identify infrastructure elements.  Experiments are being conducted by Business & MIS students to standardize schemas for data-storage on passive RFID tags.  In addition, ease of use of closed- and open-source GIS tools, along with the efficiency of data retrieval in varying soil conditions, is being investigated.