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2011 Speaker Series - 3/23/11

March 23th, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  (Council Hearing Room)

Learn: Planning and GIS - Future Trends CM|1.5

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Presentation Description: 

This session will present new trends for using GIS in planning contexts. Many of these trends are within two broad categories: integrating GIS applications and data with the internet for public participation and enhancing the analytical capabilities of GIS. Both of these efforts have direct impact on the practice of planning and are being integrated together to make GIS, as a whole, a more powerful tool in a planning context.

The internet has become an important method for distributing maps and analyses. Web maps are also a platform for the public to interact with planning analysis, and public interaction can dynamically drive the planning analysis. These maps can also be a source for public input, enabling the posting of questions, comments, or proposals to locations on the map. At the same time, social media, such as Twitter, serve as a platform for these comments as well; GIS users are bringing in this information from these sites and learning how to use this information in their analyses.

Recent enhancements to GIS analytical capabilities include the ability to use “fuzzy” data, more comprehensive 3-D analyses, and support for time information in analyses. Fuzzy data address the many phenomena in the world that do not have precise definitions between categories; mixed-use development, for example, could create a large range of categories of residential and commercial densities. 3-D analysis provides site planners a more sophisticated view of proposed developments. Time-aware analysis includes both the use of historical data and the inclusion of time-sensitive traffic information in transportation modeling; previously this was available only in specialized transportation planning software.

From these new analytical technologies and communications practices, geodesign, a new planning praxis, is evolving. Geodesign provides access to the advanced analytical techniques through a design-oriented interface; by using geodesign, planners will be able to streamline their work and increase the sophistication of their plans.

Presenter's Biography:

James Tedrick

Since June 2010, James Tedrick has been a Solutions Engineer with ESRI’s D.C. Regional Office. Prior to working at ESRI, he worked for three years in Montgomery County’s Planning Department as a GIS analyst. His Montgomery County projects included acting as the technical lead for the migration of zoning information from CAD and paper into GIS, developing web applications that reported information and also enabled public engagement, and developing a forestry inventory application. Also as part of this work, he conducted approximately 20 GIS training classes per year; separately, he instructed courses in GIS programming, cartography, and visualization at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He has presented at the Towson University GIS Conference, the ESRI Developer’s Summit, and the ESRI International User’s Conference. James received his B.S. (2001) and M.A. (2003) in geography from the University of Maryland, College Park, along with additional graduate work at the University of Minnesota.