GRS has won multiple awards for their work on research projects with faculty as well as external partners such as government agencies, utilities, and other non-profit organizations. We have over 30 years of experience working with a wide variety of Geographic Information Systems software, data, and geospatial data management tools including Esri, Google, Open Layers, SQL and SDE.

AZGeo Data Hub

The AZGeo Data Hub project was built in partnership with the Arizona State Land Department as a statewide open geospatial data repository: an authoritative data source for GIS professionals, various agencies, and the general public.

"The Wall" Border Mapping

Part of the “The Wall,” winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, and included the creation of the most complete and updated map of the US-Mexico border currently in existence.

Connectivity and Conservation

A research project to analyze and map chimpanzee habitat connectivity to aid conservation efforts in Liberia.

Eviction Mapping

GRS teams up with ASU’s Knowledge Exchange for Resilience to model post-pandemic eviction surge potential in Maricopa County.

20-Minute City

Modeling transportation networks in Tempe, Arizona for a “20-minute city” with the results published in the journal Sustainability.

Mapping Invasive Vegetation

Mapping and analysis project using drones to identify invasive plant species and support mitigation efforts along the Lower Salt River region of Arizona.


A consolidated GIS network of recorded cultural resources and archaeological sites and surveys throughout the State of Arizona, maintained and hosted within an enterprise ArcGIS Server.

Geocoding: Mapping Addresses

Geocoding turns address data into points on a map, and can include overlay those points with some sort of area (census tract, congressional district), or creation of a map or a table showing the results.

Mapping Cycling Deaths

The 2020 Cycling Deaths project was launched in partnership with the Outside Magazine and Bike Maps. GRS mapped every person on a bike killed by a driver in the U.S. over the course of the year.

Mapping 10X

This is an exploratory mapping project involved with an interactive web map and a storyboard.

Turkana Data Project

GRS is working to develop a Google Earth-based data and mapping application for the Turkana Basin project, including location and distribution of fossils, photos, paleomagnetic lines, cross sections, and more.

Turning the Corner

Working with non-profits and neighborhood groups to collect, analyze, and map data related to the Turning the Corner neighborhood displacement project.

Bike Crashes Dashboard

A dashboard which helps decision makers better understand the data associated with bike crashes in Maricopa County between 2009 and 2016.

Census Data for Research

GRS is often asked to obtain census data for researchers and to perform various analyses, such as mapping demographics and processing raw tabular data into visualizations.

Census Response Mapping

Mapping response rates for the 2020 census in an interactive map

Data Collection and Creation

Field collection of data, processing, and creation of new data for research and client needs.

Distance Analysis

Distance analysis projects can help visualize data for travel patterns, facility usage, and accessibility.

MAG Seasonal Housing Data Update

A major update to the GIS dataset pertaining to seasonal housing for the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG).

Mapping Desert Foothills Park

A iPad-based vector field-data collection as well as a UAS-based SfM-MVS photogrammetry survey of Desert Foothills Park.

¡Viva Maryvale!

The Viva Maryvale project was created as a partnership between multiple organizations to produce a health promotion and diabetes prevention program for families living in and around Maryvale, Arizona

Arizona Imagery Server

This project has produced an interactive mapping site showing statewide aerial imagery through the National Agricultural Imagery Program (NAIP).

SHPO Database Integration

Integration and synchronization of enterprise database systems for the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

Crime Analysis

Development of methods and tools to help analysts map activity spaces and crime densities in Tempe, Arizona.

Equity Alliance

An interactive mapping project to integrate educational equity data from the national and state level down to the classroom level in an accessible application for users.

Grid Creation

A variety of clients need grids (or grid points) created for their data.

Arizona Indicators

A series of interactive maps to portray school and student performance, using open source tools to make complex GIS data interactive and accessible for a non-technical audience.

Arizona Renewable Energy Mapping Project

A collaborative project between the Arizona State Land Department, the Bureau of Land Management, and ASU to create a renewable energy mapping system.

The State of Black Arizona Infographics

A series of data infographics was created for The State of Black Arizona for presentation and visualization.


A ground-up build of a web-based mapping application, website, and user management for Vizzda, a commercial real estate data firm.