Cloud-based geodesign app previewed at Esri User Conference

Cloud-based geodesign app previewed at Esri User Conference

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US: A web-based app to support the geodesign workflow was previewed by Bill Miller, Director GeoDesign Services, ESRI at the ESRI User Conference in San Diego, California. The app is aimed at the planner and is designed to support land use planning, coastal land use planning, disaster response, and similar types of workflows.

The app is not a traditional GIS product designed for GIS professionals with years of experience. It is intuitive, fast, and easy to use with no or little training. Users can setup their own projects, use Esri or their own data, create plans(scenarios), assess and evaluate them, compare scenarios (ala Urban Observatory), invite people to collaborate synchronously or asynchronously, and share their work with others, all with no or minimal training. It uses HTML5 and Javascript and so can run in a browser without a plugin on any device.

Currently it only supports 2D, but it appears to be the intention that 3D would be supported in the future.

Geoff Zeiss, Editor – Building & Energy