PostGIS 3.2.1 Released

Feb 12, 2022

The PostGIS Team is pleased to release PostGIS 3.2.1.

Install the new version from the Postgis Community website here

View the release notes here


SMART 7 Released

Nov 29th, 2021

Refractions is happy to announce the release of SMART 7.

Download the new version from the SMART Partnership website here

Refractions is proud to be an associate of the SMART Partnership and excited to continue contributing to their software development as we've done so for over 10 years now!


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We have been building software systems that add geographic intelligence to enterprise business processes since 1998. We have expertise in Java, PostGIS, FME, ESRI, Oracle Spatial and more. We can build custom software systems integrating proprietary and open source components into innovative and cost-effective solutions to our clients' problems.

Geospatial Technology

We keep on top of the latest changes in enterprise spatial and web mapping technologies. Technologies from Google (Maps, Earth and KML), ESRI (ArcGIS), and Oracle (IAS, Spatial, Designer, Database) are key components in the solutions we build.


We are not a vendor, and we recommend solutions that make the best use of your existing physical intellectual capital. A Refractions solution is technically sound, economically feasible, and long-term maintainable.

Open Source Experts

Refractions Research is a world leader in open source geospatial technology. We develop the PostGIS spatial database and the uDig GIS desktop framework, and are active participants in many other open source projects.

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By using open source components, we can build geospatial systems that are flexible and inexpensive to deploy. Our clients like open source because it keeps costs down. We like open source because it gives us the freedom to innovate and build the best possible solutions.

Case Studies

SMART Conservation Software

SMART Conservation Software

The SMART partnership supports improved law enforcement and biological monitoring in protected areas around the world. They came to Refractions to build a software tool to help meet their needs.


Hectares BC – Biodiversity BC on behalf of a broad partnership

Hectares BC – Biodiversity BC on behalf of a broad partnership

Biodiversity BC and its government and non-government partners were looking for regional-level environmental statistics. Refractions proposed a new approach to generating GIS summaries, using the power of a relational database and web tools to provide GIS analysis to users who previously had no access to it.


Automated Route Planning for Meter Reading – City of Vancouver

Automated Route Planning for Meter Reading – City of Vancouver

The City of Vancouver collects water readings from thousands of residences and businesses, but has never optimized the pedestrian routes the readers take. Refractions developed algorithms to create the most efficient routes of the correct length for readers.


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