Research at CAST is focused on the acquisition, aggregation, analysis, and application of geospatial data. CAST is actively involved in extensive research efforts, and is almost entirely supported by competitive grants. Our researchers span the social and physical sciences with expertise in the measurement and analysis of spatially referenced, multi-scalar data and processes, and are always looking for new collaborations, within the university and beyond.

CAST invites potential research partners to include us in proposal development. 

Research Areas

Geospatial information, already important in many scientific and engineering disciplines, is becoming an increasingly essential component in consumer-driven technologies as well. Our researchers continuously look for collaborations that will extend the application of spatial techniques and technologies to new areas of research. This unique perspective places CAST on the horizon of new technology and application development in many fields of study, including:

  • 3D Reconstruction
  • Digital Preservation
  • GIS, GNSS and Mapping
  • Image Analysis
  • Network Analysis
  • Reality Capture
  • Spatial Archaeometry
  • Technology Education
  • MicroCT Imaging and Analysis

Read more about our areas of research

Other Collaborations

EAST students examine the AR Sandbox

EAST Initiative

CAST research staff collaborate with EAST to provide geospatial training and support to students and teachers.

screenshot from the Room Use Survey System depicting rooms color coded by use

U of A Campus

Our researchers work on collaborations within the U of A to enhance the operation of campus services.

researcher Rachel Opitz instructs class of students on fieldwork techniques

Student Research

CAST faculty are actively involved in teaching and student-driven research using geospatial technology and methods.


Researcher Resources

Helpful documents and links

Project Websites

CAST maintained websites and tools