Our Projects

Our Work Applies to Anything with a Location

The Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization, formerly the Center for Geographic Information Systems, undertakes a plethora of research projects across a variety of disciplines. Our expertise lies in our ability to analyze, extract, and present complicated location-based information to an end-user across multiple digital environments. Our results ultimately help our sponsors make informed science-based decisions on a given topic.

Here you will find many of our projects from the past few years. As you mouse over each one you will see a brief description. Some also have a link to more information, which will take you to a different site.

Besides presenting our research results in journal articles, reports, etc., delivery to sponsors sometimes comes in the form of an online, interactive map application or data visualization tool. Some are on this page, but you will find more examples on our interactive projects page.


The Application for Locational Intelligence and Geospatial Navigation (ALIGN) is an interactive application, designed for iOS devices, that provides information about environmental factors, such as accessibility barriers, and situational features, such as traffic.

Atlanta Community Resilience

CSPAV researchers are using the transportation-land use aspects of WET (water, energy, transportation) technologies to examine the resilience of three neighborhoods within Atlanta. Additionally, we are using other technologies (combined heat and power, shared autonomous vehicles, etc.) to determine the combined impacts of such intervention and will also examine the changes in resiliency and sustainability triggered by Transit-Oriented-Developments.

Georgia’s Offshore Renewable Energy Potential

Georgia Tech researchers gathered information to generate maps and graphics to assist industry professionals, academics, and government agencies with their research and assessment of the potential of offshore wind energy in Georgia.

Urban Forest Management

This project is designed to develop geospatial tools to better manage trees on an urban campus. These tools will be used by the USDA Forest Service to expand support to cities and states, and increase professional management of regional urban forests.

Municipal Incorporations

DeKalb County, Georgia, has seen several annexations and efforts to create new cities. An interactive, map-based economic model was developed to analyze the fiscal impact proposed annexations would have on county revenues and expenditures within certain funds, including Police and Unincorporated.

Pavement Maintenance Strategies

State transportation departments adopted this method of assessing roadway conditions using video images and pavement surface imaging data to automatically or manually extract roadway characteristics, pavement rutting, cracking, etc.

Enhancing GDOT’s Pavement Design

This project created new procedures for data integration, and pavement analysis and reporting procedures for the Georgia Department of Transportation, including the creation of a GPS-enabled wireless-camera-integrated handheld system to replace the paper-pencil method for field data collection.

Remote Sensing Gams

The Remote Sensing GIS-Based Asset Management System project was designed to integrate advanced laser technology, image processing algorithms, and GPS/GIS technologies into an intelligent system that improves roadway asset management.

Storm Water Management

Georgia Tech maintains an underground system for storm water management. It includes wells, tanks, pumps, and fountains. Researchers developed an application to visualize these systems. The app provides general information about the systems as well as 3D navigable models of several sites, which include views of buildings and underground pipes.

Imagining the Georgia Aquarium

During the construction of the Georgia Aquarium, the IMAGINE Lab created several graphic images for marketing purposes. Working from architectural information and site visits to collect reference imagery, the researchers created eight animations that included five galleries, the event room, an exterior flythrough, and an atrium flythrough.

Quality of Life Index

Based on an examination of earlier studies, CSPAV researchers developed a set of seven indicators to examine quality of life in metro Atlanta cities (amenities, economy, education, health, housing, public safety, and transportation). Each of these indicators was measured with the help of existing data on various attributes.

Urban Form and Energy Index

This project clarified connections between urban form and use, and energy use in the built environment and transport. Engineering and design of urban form is an important strategy for managing climate change and other environmental impacts of energy, as well as being key to the livability of cities.

HELP for Fulton County Cities

CSPAV is creating a data dashboard for the 15 cities and unincorporated communities in Fulton County. The HELP (Health, Environment, and Livability Platform) Dashboard is designed to give users the ability to visualize various types of data through maps, charts and graphs. With these three types of data in one dashboard, decision-makers, advocates, and service providers can quickly see where to target policy and programs.

DeKalb Industrial Land and Economy Study

This project is developing an information base to help create an industrial land strategy for DeKalb County, Georgia. Project tasks will include collection of spatial and descriptive data on the county’s existing inventory of industrial land and subsequent assessments of the physical aspects of industrial land, including transportation infrastructure access, surrounding uses, proximity to floodplains or contaminated sites, and building stock.