INDEX Digital Charrette Participants Iterate to the Best-Performing Scenarios

Local planners in Lee County Florida have ‘painted’ themselves a preferred growth scenario that will form the basis of transportation planning for the 700,000-person Fort Myers region through 2040. Using INDEX Online and the companion SPARC data transformation service, 20 planners from ten jurisdictions and the regional MPO integrated their data into a common schema, […]

FOSS4G 2014 Recap

If you’ve never been to FOSS4G, you’ve really missed out. I’m going to go out on a limb, but I suspect that most of you who are likely to read this blog post are both a bit on the techy side as well as having a passion for GIS (Geographic Information Systems). Mix in a […]

UrbanFootprint and the new shape of scenario planning tools

Introduction to UrbanFootprint, a next-generation scenario planning tool. Though the concept of scenario planning has been in use for some two decades in the field of urban and regional planning, it is now becoming part of the professionally-accepted mainstream of the planning profession. With the passage of laws such as SB 375 in California, SB […]

Introduction to open source geospatial tools

While the following tools are not scenario planning tools in their own right, they could grow into frameworks that allow us to do scenario planning with open source tools.  This is a general introduction and roundup of those tools. CartoDB CartoDB is a web-based framework for dynamic, data-driven visualizations.  It is an open source tool […]

Tool: Envision Tomorrow Plus

Details Latest version: 3.0 (for ArcGIS 10/10.1 only) Requires ArcGIS 10 or greater Cost: Free Download Resources University of Utah’s Envision Tomorrow Plus wiki Wasatch Choice 2040 ET Plus Description Documentation (available on Download page) Description From Opening Access to Scenario Planning Tools, published by the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy: Envision Tomorrow began as a proprietary […]

Tool: Urban Network Analysis

Details Version: Feb 26, 2013 Requires ArcGIS 10 or greater Cost: Free Download Resources City Form Lab project page Open source code repository (Google Code) Forum Description From City Form Lab project description page: The City Form Lab has released a state-of-the-art toolbox for urban network analysis. As the first of its kind, this ArcGIS toolbox can […]

Tool: CommunityViz

Details Latest version: 4.2 (for ArcGIS 10.1/10); 4.1 (for ArcGIS 9.2/9.3) Requires ArcGIS 9.2 or greater Cost: $850 (12 month, full service option); $500 (12 month, self service option); Purchase Free Trial Available: For ArcGIS 10.1; ArcGIS 10; ArcGIS 9.2/9.3 (v 4.1) Resources Documentation available Case studies The Planners Guide to CommunityViz: The Essential Tool for a […]