Let's get beyond conventional approaches to decision support situations:
Worldwide, Land use regulation has been in place a long time to address community change.
Land, transportation, and water resources, among many other aspects of societal well-being, are not new. Community plans, zoning, infrastructure improvements have been used for many years managing these varied issues through conventional approaches to decision making. Plans encourage a look forward to address external influences of human activity.
Hard data in the form of trending maps generated by GPS/GIS mapping is now commonplace. History has shown how important accurate information is to governmental decision making. Changes to one program will affect other, perhaps even all programs, thus benefiting or adversely affecting community members. This of course puts a premium on how data is gathered and then applied.
"Capital improvement programs budget investments to correct for insufficient service conditions, thus providing a package of projects on a medium spatial and temporal scale." According to Tim Nyerges and Piotr Jankowski “Regional and Urban GIS¹” these projects utilize three decision support scenarios—"planning, programming, and implementation;" all of which frame the GIS solution. Having said this though, I think it important to put this in context for how most populaces address change. Clearly, not all communities are growing so rapidly that sustainability is an issue. Yet all societies experience change on some level.
Collecting remote GPS positions with
the TruPulse 360 laser rangefinder.
"Using a GPS with the powerful TruPulse® 360 laser rangefinder measurements, especially the built-in compass, one can collect remote GPS positions - providing simple, accurate, and economical data for ALL priority levels."
Using GPS technology to collect field data is becoming almost standard practice nowadays. Using GPS laser offsets for mapping is typically only thought of when you need to collect data in hard to reach or inaccessible areas. Imagine how much easier all fieldwork could be if you didn’t have to occupy any location needed to collect a GIS data point.
All Laser Technology Inc laser rangefinders are compatible with ERSI's ArcPad®, Trimble's TerraSync and other popular GPS handhelds and data collection software. Instantly download all your field data using the standard RS232 serial port or optional Bluetooth.®
The ubiquitous nature of GIS in our cities, counties, and regions, has created a "map-based vision" of what a future could be in regard to land use, transportation, and/or water resource functionality for all jurisdictions. Given this, let’s make it a cost effective and accurate vision!
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¹Timothy Nyerges and Piotr Jankowski, Regional and Urban GIS, A Decision Based Approach (The Guilford Press, 2010).