GIS-based planning support systems are computerized programs that use geospatial tools to analyze and visualize scenarios to better plan for the future. Some general planning tasks that can be supported using GIS software and systems include compiling baseline information, evaluating courses of actions, modeling possible scenarios, and monitoring results and other possible outcomes. Researchers at our Center have developed numerous planning support systems using these types of tools.
These new systems are helping engineers, planners, and industry professionals make smarter and more efficient decisions about the future. For example, DeKalb County, Georgia, leaders used the systems to look at the financial impact that annexations and incorporations will have on the county.
Here are other examples: