CGI members designed and developed a Paddle Trail app to help the public better navigate and enjoy the Bayou Vermilion, a 70-mile long river in southern Louisiana in the United States. The interactive paddle trail map, which can be used on a mobile device or on a desktop computer, allows paddlers and boaters to locate points of interest and plan the route they will take as they explore the bayou. CGI built the app in collaboration with the Lafayette Consolidated Government, Bayou Vermilion District and Bayou Vermilion Preservation Association.

The Bayou Vermilion app project is part of Lafayette’s beautification initiative called Project Front Yard. Project Front Yard efforts include improved streetscapes, litter removal, public art, river cleanup and education. After developing the app, the CGI team in Lafayette was inspired to participate in other corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects and has volunteered for several events to clean up the environment.

A 3D touch screen version of the app also was designed by CGI and will be featured at the Lafayette Science Museum.

CGI has a state-of-the-art technology center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Research Park. The new Center is bringing 400 IT jobs and will generate an estimated economic impact of more than $93 million annually over the next five years.