MERC Software Engineer Participates in HackMacon Event

MACON, GEORGIA (March 1, 2015) – Mr. Harrell Perlman, a Senior Software Engineer at MERC, participated in the HackMacon event 28 February – 1 March 2015 hosted at the SparkMacon Maker Space. Mr. Perlman took on the challenge of developing a map for Historic Macon showing an overlay of historic locations supported by the organization.  The overlay pinpoints specific address locations and provides geospatial data about each property, using the property tax parcel as a shapefile. The overlay is projected over any of a number of selectable base maps served up by an ESRI ArcGIS server.

Mr. Perlman’s contribution will provide Historic Macon with a way to visually locate and manage their properties and can serve as the foundation for additional tourist applications to promote historic downtown Macon.


About Mercer Engineering Research Center

Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC) is the research and applied engineering arm of Mercer University, a private university founded in 1833. For over 175 years the University has served Georgia as a highly-respected educational institution. In 1984, the School of Engineering was established at the Macon, Georgia campus, with the charter class beginning studies in 1985.

Two years later, in 1987, the Mercer Engineering Research Center was established under the School of Engineering to provide locally available engineering and scientific services and critical specialized technical skills. Today, MERC functions as a non-profit operating unit of the University, with the Executive Director, Dr. David Barwick, reporting directly to the University president, Mr. William D. Underwood.

To learn more, please visit MERC's website at