U-Spatial is a nationally recognized model that serves and drives a fast-growing need for expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, and spatial computing across the University. This infrastructure eliminates duplication and fragmentation of resources by providing a framework of spatial data, equipment, and expertise. In its first five years of operation, U-Spatial has supported over 2,000 researchers across 150 departments and centers at the University through a help desk, training, consulting, and events. U-Spatial has been integral to making the U of M one of the world’s first “Spatial University” at a time public and private sector interest in spatial thinking and approaches is increasing exponentially.