Ramachandra Sivakumar


Senior Research Engineer, Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization
(404) 894-0129


Ramachandra Sivakumar (Siva) is a research engineer II in the Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization (CSPAV). He has more than 20 years of comprehensive experience in GIS and Information Technology. His expertise include web-based GIS application design and development, network management, database management, and system administration. At CSPAV, Siva is involved in a variety of projects apart from his primary role of system, network, and IT administration. Recent projects include design and development of a GIS database for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, developing a GIS framework for MEAG Power’s Location Georgia group, and developing an enterprise GIS plan for the City of Albany, Ga. He was a contributor in City of Atlanta’s initial Enterprise GIS implementation efforts and played a vital role in the development and operation of Georgia GIS Data Clearinghouse, a spatial data repository for the State of Georgia. Siva implemented the first National Spatial Data Infrastructure node in Georgia.  He has provided GIS research support for various ongoing projects supported by National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research, National Science Foundation, Mid America Earthquake Center, and other sponsors. In addition, Siva administers the ESRI GIS software program, the ESRI Education Development Center for Georgia Tech, and the ERDAS GAHEAK software for the University system of Georgia. He is a member of the Georgia chapter of Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, GIS Certification Institute oversight committee, and a volunteer with GISCorps.

Educational Background

M.S. (GIS specialization), Georgia Institute of Technology

M.S. (Civil Engineering), University of Mississippi

B.S. (Civil Engineering), University of Madras, India

Former ESRI certified instructor


GIS System Development

Spatial Databases

Internet GIS Solutions

GIS Application Development


Research Ambitions 

Apply Geographic Information Systems technology, methods, and techniques to develop tools and applications to address diverse issues across domains.

Research Groups/Labs

Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization (CSPAV)

Recent Reports and Publication

Developing a GIS Framework for Annie E. Casey Foundation NPU-V Redevelopment Efforts – Project Report.

GIS Database Development for Location Georgia Site Inventory – Project Report.
Coastal Incentives Grant: development of a Database and Web-based GIS for Coastal Access Sites in Georgia - Project Report.

Enterprise GIS Implementation Plan for City of Albany, Georgia (Co-author, 2007) – Project Report

National Guard Digital Mapping Server Portal: National GIS Integration and Mapping Support.  Co-author, Sixth Annual International Crime Mapping Research Conference. December 2002.

Data Development, Availability, Dissemination, and Organizational Issues in building the Georgia Spatial Data Infrastructure. Co-author, Annual Conference of Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA), South East Chapter. August 2002.
Digital Mapping Server Implementation for National Guard Counterdrug. Co-author, ESRI International User Conference. July 2002.

Georgia High-Speed Telecommunications Atlas. ESRI Telecom Summit. April 2001.

Using OrthoBASE to create second generation USGS CIR Digital Orthophoto Quarter Quadrangles for the state of Georgia. Annual ERDAS User Conference, Washington, D.C. May 2000.

Integrating Digital Orthophotos into Geographic Information Systems Data Framework to Support Planning.  Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) in Atlanta, GA. November 2000.

Establishing the National Geospatial Data Clearinghouse Node in Georgia. Georgia GIS News. Spring 1998.

Presenting GIS Data on the Internet.  Georgia GIS News. Spring 1998

Establishing the National Geospatial Data Clearinghouse Node in Georgia. Final Technical Report to FGDC. January 1998.


Recent Courses

Introductory Course in ArcGIS

Deploying Applications on the Internet using ArcIMS

Building Rich Internet Applications – Independent Study (CP8100) with Dr. Steve French