The Facility for Advanced Spatial Technology (FAST) Lab is the teaching and learning hub for all geospatial activity across the University of Colorado Denver.  For over 25 years, this interdisciplinary and collaborative lab has supported a community of industry-leading geospatial faculty, staff, and students committed to pursuing geospatial endeavors in their respective fields.


We are open! Please note you must have card access privileges to access the FAST Lab.

Mondays - Thursdays: 8am - 9pm

Fridays: 8am - 5pm

Saturdays and Sundays: closed with remote resources available

The lab hosts software applicable to spatial analysis, cartography, and geovisualization. Its physical, on-campus location houses over 50 high-powered Dell Precision work stations to handle the demands of raster and vector analysis, visualization of spatial data, and machine learning.

The FAST Lab’s growing virtual library provides spatial-related content for beginner and intermediate users. From technical skills to conceptual project design, we provide these videos as a resource to assist in your learning.

Student Geospatial Consultants provide peer-to-peer support for those taking geospatial classes as well as any student interested in applying spatial analysis to their area of study.  Currently available by Zoom, they serve as a go-to resource for assistance with geospatial software installation and orientation, spatial project design, and best practices for technical skills within the consultant’s area of expertise.

The FAST Lab aims to connect people with resources and people with people to expand awareness and application of spatial capabilities across disciplines.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in FAST

The FAST mission, vision, and goals align with the University of Colorado’s strategic priorities. We provide an unparalleled student experience through coordination and support to blend specialized technology with the best of human interaction, whether working together remotely or on campus. Student Geospatial Consultants are currently available via drop-in hours on Zoom, and are happy to walk you through any of the voice, video, text chat, screen share, or closed captioning options that are available to assist your learning online. No question is too large or small to ask.

FAST supports a multidisciplinary approach to collaborative excellence. We welcome opportunities to incorporate perspectives on age, race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, socio-economic status, community organizing, and more in our work. Recognizing the impact our methods and analysis can have on addressing issues of inequity, we seek out opportunities to bring such issues and creative problem solving to light.