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Terra Cognito Projects

  2. 2. SITE SUITABILITY NEGOTIABLE CONSTRAINTSMore Important Less Important Skylines Slope Gas/Oil wells Geology Wildfire Wildlife Weighted Average Composite Developable Land Development Mask100-yr Flood Water Features Gas/Oil wells Setting the Constraint Threshold NON-NEGIOTABLE CONSTRAINTS
  4. 4. VISIBLE RIDGELINE ANALYSIS Viewshed Analysis Visible Ridgelines Analysis View plane View plane Observer Observer Plan View Plan View 3D View 3D ViewHillside and ridgeline preservation is an important planning issue incommunities where scenic beauty and landscape integrity are valued.Current GIS tools can easily map visible hillsides and viewsheds, butmapping the actual ridgelines, where the visible areas meet the sky, ismore elusive. TerraCognito has created an automated ModelBuildertool and Python script for mapping visible ridgelines, adding morefunctionality to conventional viewshed analysis. Ridgeline analysis isparticularly useful in siting developments, facilities and equipment invisually sensitive areas.
  5. 5. COST-DISTANCE MAPPING Cost-distance mapping forms the basis for many of our spatial models including the proximity and travel time component of our development preference mapping process, as well as the trip distance component of our greenhouse gas emissions model.
  6. 6. COMMUNITY PREFERENCE MAPPINGTerraCognito GIS has developed apowerful planning approach thatobjectively maps the values ofcitizens and stakeholders regardingland development and landpreservation. Survey results, keypadpolling and other collaborativeinformation sources are analyzedand mapped to build consensusamongst various stakeholders.Key Benefits: Driven directly by values andpreferences Driven by local geography Not limited by hard land usepolygons Objective Repeatable Transparent Defensible
  7. 7. STRUCTURESArchitectural ModelsTerraCognito specializes in creating3D models representingterrain, buildings, landforms andother features that play an importantvisual role in planning. From simplemassing to photo-real architecturalmodels, TerraCognito can createrealistic models for regional andsite-specific projects.
  8. 8. TERRAIN & LANDFORMS Tree Species, Density & Height GIS Data Terrain Model Tree PhotosGIS-Driven 3D Visualization Ortho-photo DrapeNot just “pretty pictures,” Forest ModelTerraCognito’s 3D visualizations are Landscape VisualizationGIS-driven, using scientific andtechnical information to createaccurate, realistic models andlandscapes. These can better informstakeholders and allow for bettermanagement and land use decisions.
  9. 9. SITE PLANNINGVisualizing the FutureTerraCognito transforms 2-dimensional site plans and landuse plans into compelling 3D representations of future growth. Existing conditions Plan at build-outThis improves public understanding and builds consensusamongst stakeholders, ultimately streamlining the publicapproval process. Street level view Roof top view Existing conditions Alternative A Alternative B Alternative C
  10. 10. SITE PLANNINGVisualizing the FutureTerraCognito transforms 2-dimensional site plans and landuse plans into compelling 3-dimensional representations offuture growth. This improves public understanding and buildsconsensus amongst stakeholders, ultimately streamlining thepublic approval process.
  11. 11. GROWTH MODELING/IMPACT ANALYSISEagle County Build-Out Analysisand Visualization, 2008-2010Client: Eagle County, ColoradoTerraCognito worked directly with EagleCounty, Colorado and the municipalitiesofAvon, Basalt, Eagle, Gypsum, Minturn, Red Cliff and Vail to perform a county-wide spatial-temporal build-out analysisand 3D visualization. Using ArcGIS andCommunityViz, a detailed existingconditions analysis of dwelling units wasperformed based on assessor and censusdata, followed by a numeric, spatial andvisual build-out analysis of existingzoning as well potential future land usedescribed in the municipalities’ MasterPlans. An elaborate visioning exercise Impact Analysis Animation (1970-2051)was implemented for the unincorporatedcounty using multi-criteria analysis andpreference mapping to drive futuregrowth scenarios. Later phases of workincluded an economic componentincluding a commercial build-outanalysis, existing jobs distribution, futurejobs allocation and impact analysis.Finally, the results were delivered inGoogle Earth format for viewing by theboth the planners and the public. Development Preference Model Customized Google Earth Visualization
  12. 12. REGIONAL PLANNINGdemand Growth Animations By matching land supply with the development demand, Terrasupply Cognito creates 4-dimensional depictions of future land use alternatives as they develop over land use allocation several decades.phasing Customized Google Earth Growth Animation
  13. 13. COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING Future Jobs & Housing Animation (2011-2060)Branson Comprehensive Plan, 2010-2011Client: City of Branson, MO and Design Workshop Inc.TerraCognito provided key analytical and mapping support increating Branson, Missouri’s comprehensive plan. A detailedexisting land use inventory was created and used as an essentialinput in a parcel-level build-out analysis which identifiedopportunities for in-fill and redevelopment. Multi-criteriasuitability analysis coupled with future demand scenarios andstakeholder preferences enabled the creation of several futureland use plans. Impact analysis was conducted on the land usescenarios including multiple indicators ranging fromjobs, wages, and housing affordability, to visible hillsidepreservation and greenhouse gas emissions.
  14. 14. DAM REMOVAL VISUALIZATIONElwha River Dam Removal VisualizationAmerican Rivers hired TerraCognito GIS to visually model two hillshade rasterproposed dam removals on the Elwha River in Washington’sOlympic National Park. TerraCognito created interactive, photo-realistic, 3D visualization of existing conditions, as well as various random color rampstages of dam removal, including draw-down, riverbedrestoration, and re-vegetation. The visualizations were usedextensively by American Rivers throughout the settlementnegotiation process and in meetings with legislators, ultimately photo-realresulting in the impending removal of the Glines Canyon and Elwha sediment texturedams. Commencing in 2011, the dismantling of the Elwha andGlines Canyon dams will allow the river to flow freely for the firsttime in 100 years, restoring over 70 miles of salmon and steelheadhabitat. Existing conditions Dam removal / Reservoir draw down Restored river channel
  15. 15. WILDFIRE MITIGATION Cost-Benefit Model Landscape Visualization of Forest TreatmentRay Mesa Wildfire MitigationThe Bureau of Land Managements Moab, Utah Field Office hired Lex Ivey to model fire hazard mitigation for a NEPAEnvironmental Analysis, examining the effectiveness of various treatment alternatives, as well as their associatedfiscal, socioeconomic, and visual impacts. The consultant defined and weighted several criteria to identify areas thatwould benefit most from fire mitigation practices. By embedding fuel model data formulated by the U.S. Forest Service(USFS) into the model, the consultant was able to compare current fuel loads in the forest with those that would remainafter various types of treatments, such as prescribed burning and mechanical and manual thinning. The model allowedthe BLM to measure the effectiveness and cost of the various treatment types, as well as the contribution to the localeconomy in terms of contract labor. The visual impacts of each fire treatment alternative could also be seen in aregional, photo-realistic 3D visualization. The methods, results, methods, and discussion culminated in a satellitetelevision broadcast to all BLM offices across the nation.
  16. 16. DAM REMOVAL VISUALIZATIONKlamath River Dam Removal VisualizationAmerican Rivers hired TerraCognito GIS to visually model two hillshadeproposed dam removals on the Klamath River in California. elevationInteractive, real-time, 3D visualization of existing conditions were slopecreated, as well as various stages of dam removal, including draw-down, riverbed restoration, and re-vegetation. aspectThe visualizations were used extensively by American Riversthroughout the settlement negotiation process and in meetings photo-realwith legislators, and in “inspiring” potential funders who may be restoration texturecalled upon to help with the costs of restoration.In November 2008 PacifiCorp (power company), the federalgovernment, and the states of California and Oregon signed anAgreement in Principle stating that the benefits of dam removaloutweigh the potential costs and impacts. Existing conditions Dam removal / Reservoir draw down Restored river channel
  17. 17. NATURAL HAZARD/RISK MODELING Land Use Allocation Model Landscape Visualization of Debris Flow and Future Growth ScenarioSquamish Natural Hazard/Risk CharacterizationThe Geologic Survey of Canada hired TerraCognito GIS to model a variety of natural hazards and their imposedrisk for Squamish, British Columbia. LIDAR Data, Satellite Imagery, Assessor’s records, and detailed geophysicaldata were compiled into CommunityViz to create a dynamic, interactive hazard/risk characterization tool thatmodeled future residential and commercial growth scenarios in the context of risk. Potential loss from flood,debris flow and sea level rise scenarios were analyzed and visualized to compare and contrast mitigation measuresversus relocation of personal property.
  18. 18. FLOOD HAZARD/RISK MODELING Hazard/Risk Assessment Model Normal Conditions 10-year FloodKaycee Flood Risk AssessmentThe Natural Resource Conservation Service hiredTerraCognito GIS to model flood hazard and risk for Kaycee,Wyoming. LIDAR Data, Satellite Imagery, Assessor’s records,and detailed flood survey data derived from HEC-RAS were 50-year Floodcompiled into CommunityViz to create a dynamic, interactivehazard/risk characterization tool. Potential loss from threeflood scenarios were analyzed and visualized to compare andcontrast flood mitigation measures versus relocation ofpersonal property. 100-year Flood
  19. 19. CUSTOM CARTOGRAPHY Accounts for land cover, elevation impassable barriers, and slope effects on walking speed