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From Planning to Gaming - PlanningTech@DUSP

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This was a presentation on Azavea's high performance server geoprocessing work at the PlanningTech@DUSP conference hosting by the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP).

This was a presentation on Azavea's high performance server geoprocessing work at the PlanningTech@DUSP conference hosting by the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP).

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  • 1. From Planning to Gaming: High Performance Geoprocessing and User Experience Robert Cheetham [email_address] @rcheetham
  • 2. Who is Azavea?
    • 25 people
      • - software engineers
      • - geographers
      • - systems analysts
      • - historians
      • - designers
    • Spatial Analysis
    • High Performance Geoprocessing
    • User Experience
    • R&D
  • 3. 10% Research Program Pro Bono Program Time-to-Give-Back Program Employee-focused Culture Projects with Social Value
  • 4. Site Selection Tools
  • 5. Buying a Home
  • 6. Close to Center City  Walk to Grocery Store  Nearby Restaurants  Library  Near a Park  Biking / walking distance from our work  Biking distance to fencing  somewhat important vital very important nice to have somewhat important very important somewhat important Robert’s Rules of Housing
  • 7.
    • Child Care
    • Local School Rankings
    • Farmer's Market
    • PhillyCarShare
    • Public Transit
    Your Factors might include…
  • 8.
    • Tax Incentives
    • Commercial Corridor Health
    • Public Transit
    • Car Share
    • Open Space
    • Farmers’ Markets
    • Street Network Density
    • Recycling Participation
    • Walkability
    Siting Decision Factors
  • 9. Not a new idea … Design with Nature
  • 10. Not a new Idea … Dana Tomlin
  • 11. Desktop GIS
  • 12. x 5 x 2 x 3 x 1 + + + = Generate Output Heat Map
  • 13. Web is different from the Desktop
    • Lots of simultaneous users
    • Stateless environment
    • HTML+JS+CSS
    • Users are less skilled
    • Users are less patient
  • 14. ArcGIS Server
    • Flex, Silverlight and JS API’s
    • Publish tasks and models
    • Caching
    • Optimized MSD files
  • 15. But wait … there’s a problem
    • 10 – 60 second calculation time
    • Multiple simultaneous users …
    • … that are impatient
  • 16.  
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  • 22. Specific Goals
    • File format – ARG!!
    • Limit range and data type
    • 1D arrays rather than 2D
    • Distributed processing
    • Binary messaging protocol
  • 23. Distributed Geoprocessing
  • 24. Success!!
    • Reduced from 10-30 seconds to
    • <500 milliseconds
  • 25. Success!!
    • Reduced from < 500 milliseconds to
    • <50 milliseconds
  • 26. Walkshed.org
  • 27. Walkshed.org
  • 28.  
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  • 32. Food, Culture and Sustainability
  • 33. OMB Watch: Federal Spending Equity
  • 34. Sea Level Rise
  • 35. GPU Processing Research
  • 36. GPUs
  • 37. GPU geoprocessing research
  • 38. Stormwater Billing
  • 39.  
  • 40. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.  &quot;Protecting Water Quality from Urban Runoff.&quot;
  • 41. Schuylkill River Regular Flow Schuylkill River Flood of June 2006
  • 42. Existing Charge = $ 377.23 New Charge = $ 2,496.42 Gross Area = 599,744 Imperv Area = 491,035 Some bills will go up
  • 43. Existing Charge = $ 4,702.82 New Charge = $ 120.24 Gross Area = 24,338 Imperv Area = 24,338 Some go down
  • 44. Usage  Runoff
  • 45.  
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  • 47. Stormwater Modeling
  • 48. Stormwater Modeling Game
  • 49. Stormwater Modeling Game
  • 50. Stormwater Modeling Game
  • 51. Crime Data Mining
  • 52. Intelligence Dashboard
  • 53. Space + Time
  • 54. Space + Time
  • 55. Crime Analysis, Early Warning and Forecasting
  • 56.  
  • 57. Animation
  • 58. Sergeant Blair and Anderson Island
  • 59. Story: Burglary
  • 60. Risk Forecasting
  • 61. Summary
    • New technologies are changing what can be done
    • Faster geoprocessing is not just faster, it’s different
    • Opportunity and responsibility to re-think the user GIS user experience
      • Tablets
      • GPUs
      • Cloud Computing
      • Crowd-sourcing
      • Increased sampling and tracking
      • More corporate and gov transparency
      • Many, many more sensors
  • 62. Many Thanks! © Photo used with permission from Alphafish , via Flickr.com
  • 63. From Planning to Gaming: Apps for Local Government Robert Cheetham [email_address] @rcheetham