Cardinal: A Blucher Research Service

Earlier this year Conrad Blucher Institute and Spatial {Query} Lab released a new software: Cardinal. The software provides much needed support to the surveying community through surveyor-focused tools. Currently the software includes project management, billing, employee tracking, finance reporting, and GIS features.

However, the real benefit of Cardinal is the research aspect. Unlike most software options, Cardinal is intended to be a living tool, constantly evolving to better serve the surveying community. Based on client input/feedback, S{Q}L are able to utilize the unique experience of geospatial software developers at CBI to continue to explore new features and tools.

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Constructing a Digital Land Record System

After five years of research, academics, and transitioning from Marine Corps writing styles to technical writing styles, Bryan Gillis has finally completed his thesis titled Constructing a Digital Land Record System. Check out the recording below to view the presentation. This thesis is founded on the research conducted as part of the {Map Scanning} project over the past five years. The ability to provide the public with access to digital land records is fundamental in a free market. BandoCat provides stakeholders, such as County Clerks, access to software and procedures to make this a reality. BandoCat is open-sourced and… Read more »


S{Q}L Students take 2nd at National Surveying Competition

CBI Student Team with 2nd place NSPS trophy. From left to right; Joanna Scott, Jose Congo, Jensen DeGrande, Payton Johnson, Dani Mladenka, and Kevin Michael.

A team of students from the Geographic Information Science program at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi took 2nd place at the National Society of Professional Surveyors Student Competition on April 11, 2019 in Washington D.C. Five of the six team members are employees of the Spatial {Query} Lab at Conrad Blucher Institute and all have worked under S{Q}L Mentorship during their academic tenures. This is the third year in… Read more »


A Fresh Look

While cataloging maps as a freshman undergraduate research assistant, Stevie Hinojosa recognized the area he was cataloging. For the first time, he came across a historic map of his hometown of Aransas Pass. The map showed a proposed right-of-way project by the Texas Department of Transportation in 1979. Stevie was intrigued by by the map and how different the road networks were from today. Stevie is studying Geographic Information Science at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and works as an undergraduate research assistant in the Spatial {Query} Lab at Conrad Blucher Institute.