Research and Development


GIM develops innovative techniques for processing spatial data, designs new applications for geodata and integrates the latest technological developments.

Core competencies

Processing Earth observation data and developing geographical information systems have been GIM's core competencies since 1995. We design and develop solutions for extracting information from satellite imagery for geographical applications. In the process, we focus on providing and distributing user solutions based on radar and optical data, as well as on integrating this data into a fully operational business process.

GIM also has experience in developing large-scale geographical data infrastructures (GDI), both in managing data from multiple sources and in setting up all the components of a GDI.


The solutions that GIM can offer – including Earth observation services, geospatial data infrastructure, user segmentation and integrated applications – are not only used at a national and regional level but also meet the requirements of bodies such as the European Commission (EC, JRC) and the European Space Agency.

  • Online GIS
    Our GIM WebGIS and GeoCMS systems can be used to publish map applications on the Internet so that our customers can get added value from their investments in geographical information systems (GIS). GIM WebGIS enables valuable information to be accessed whenever and wherever you want within your organization via the Internet or your intranet.
  • Open source GIS
    Today, powerful technologies make it easier to share information with a wider audience thanks to open formats. As a result, GIM's customers are able to overcome technical limitations in order to open up access to data. GIM designs and develops web GIS systems and spatial data infrastructures based on in-house designs and open formats, thus enabling information to be shared and databases to be combined, in line with the INSPIRE directive.

Use of standards

As a member of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), GIM is fully committed to following international standards during the development of all its systems and solutions. GIM has also played a proactive role in the process of establishing and ensuring the acceptance of these standards on the Belgian market, at both a federal and regional level. For that very purpose, we have organized training on geospatial data management techniques and on building a geographical data infrastructure.

COMBUST: from big data to reliable geodata

How can the flood of digital information (big data) be turned into usable and reliable decision-making information? This is the point of departure of COMBUST, a research project of iMinds, in which GIM is participating as an expert in geographical data (more info).