A screen shot of a 3D model of an urban area.



The Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization undertakes a vast number of research projects across a variety of disciplines. Our expertise lies in our ability to analyze, extract, and present complicated location-based information to end users 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. Besides presenting our research results in journal articles, reports, and elsewhere, 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 Maps and Tools page.

Sustainable Urbanization

An image from the Atlanta Community Resilience project.

Atlanta Community Resilience

An image from the tree canopy tool.

Assessing Urban Tree Canopy

This study quantified Atlanta's tree canopy to help leaders better understand and manage forest resources.
An image from the Atlanta Streetcar project.

Tracking the Atlanta Streetcar

This project aimed to help inform decisions about the streetcar's future and the future of transit in the metro area.
A map from the Urban Form and Energy Index project.

Urban Form and Energy Index

This project clarified connections between urban form and use, and energy use in the built environment and transport.
An image from the DeKalb study.

DeKalb Industrial Land and Economy Study

A screen shot of the HouseATL Data Collective tool.

HouseATL Data Collective

A screen shot of the greenspace tool.

Greenspace Support

This ongoing research has resulted in several interactive geospatial applications showing changes over time in Atlanta.

Immersive Visualization and Simulation

A screen shot of the storm water tool.

Storm Water Management

We developed an application to visualize Georgia Tech's underground storm water management system.
A screen shot of the arboretum tool.


Render of the GWCCA

Georgia World Congress Center Visualization

We created 3D Models of the Georgia World Congress Center to visualize growth from its inception to future development
Aerial view of the eco commons

3D visualization of Eco Commons and Campus Center

We created a visualization of future development of Eco Commons and Campus Center
VR models of the GT campus


We have created an immersive experience of the Georgia Tech campus
GT Eco-Tour logo

GT Eco-Tour

We developed a mobile application for the presentation of sustainability of the Georgia Tech Atlanta Campus
render of the GT campus

3D Campus Update

We create and maintain 3D models of the GT campus and surrounding area

Planning Support

A screen shot from the GCAMP tool.

Georgia Coastal and Marine Planner

GCAMP helps define an offshore energy licensing and permitting process and close communication gaps between agencies.
A screen shot of the GWRAP tool.


The Georgia Wetlands Restoration Access Portal helps regulators monitor and manage the state's coastal wetlands.
An image from the Georgia Wetlands Toolkit.

Georgia Wetlands Toolkit

This Esri software extension is designed to simplify and enhance the use of Georgia's wetlands data in a GIS environment.
Gorillas in Rwanda.

Conserving Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda

We work with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International to map, analyze, and visualize gorilla movements.
Two screen shots of the ALIGN app.


An image from the offshore renewable energy tool.

Offshore Renewable Energy Potential

A screen shot of the Urban Forest Management tool.

Urban Forest Management

A screen shot of the HELP project.

HELP for Fulton County Cities

Our Health, Environment, and Livability Platform helped communities see where to target policies and programs.
An image from the DeKalb County annexations tool.

Municipal Incorporations

This interactive, map-based model analyzes the fiscal impact of proposed annexations on DeKalb County, Georgia.
A screen shot of the Atlanta's Charming Neighborhoods tool.

Atlanta’s Charming Neighborhoods

This project measures and visualizes Atlanta’s neighborhood quality using a model driven by social media data.
A screen shot of the transit assessment tool.

Social Media Analysis for Transit Assessment

This ride-hailing service assessment used a multi-kernel convolution neural network to analyze social media text.
A screen shot of the Atlanta City Design tool.

Atlanta City Design

These applications allow for dynamic visualization of build-out scenarios in a browser-based 3D environment.
A screen shot of the land cover tool.

Historic Land Cover Change in Georgia

A screen shot of the wetlands tool.

GIS Desktop Wetlands Identification

Image and Data Processing

A screen shot of the COPACES tool.


A screen shot of the pavement management system tool.

Managing Pavement Assets

A graphic depicting the workflow for the Pavement Management system.

Pavement Management Strategies

A diagram of system.

Enhancing GDOT's Pavement Design

An image of a van with remote sensing equipment on the roof.

Remote Sensing GAMS

A screen shot of the Real-Time Flood Risk Modeling tool.

Real-Time Flood Risk Modeling

This project used social media data analytics to develop innovative, dynamic flood models for coastal Georgia.


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