CommunityViz is advanced yet easy-to-use GIS software designed to help people visualize, analyze and communicate about important land-use decisions. Operating as an extension to ESRI’s ArcGIS platform, CommunityViz offers:
Easy-to-use tools for creating realistic 3D visual models of your world as it is, and as it could be.
Interactive features for analyzing choices about development, growth and change over the years to come.
Myriad ways to make and share decisions about geography and the future of your community, your land and your world.
3-D visualization and modeling can be incredibly powerful in showing people how a potential planning decision would look and feel
Assumptions and values can be changed on the fly and immediately used to update the analysis, which is helpful for group discussions and presentations
CommunityViz integrates seamlessly with ArcGIS and works with other tools like Google Earth and SketchUp
CommunityViz is one of the more affordable 3-D visualization and modeling platforms available
CommunityViz relies on GIS, so communities without robust GIS programs and skilled practitioners may be unable to use it
Models and analyses are only as good as the data that goes into them
Some training and time is required even for advanced GIS users to learn CommunityViz
Dependent on knowledge of ArcView and project. Technical Expertise: Given intermediate GIS skills, most people can get started in two days, and continue to learn more over time. Scientific Expertise: None unless required by the needs of a particular project.
Last Updated: March 31, 2011, 3:23 pm