URPL 590

Contemporary Topics in Urban and Regional Planning:
Planning Support Systems

Source: LICGF, UW-Madison

Department of Urban and Regional Planning,
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Spring 2009 -- 1 credit

David Hart, GIS Specialist,
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
Email: dhart *at* aqua.wisc.edu
Phone: (608) 262-6515

Tuesdays, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.
Thursdays, 2:30 to 4:15 p.m.

Lectures: 208 Old Music Hall
Labs: URPL Computer Lab
Distance Learning/Web Conferences: Room 327, Pyle Center

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Workshop Resources
Workshop Schedule
Workshop Products
* GIS Resources *
* Planning Support Systems *
* Land Classification *
* Working Waterfronts *

Planning Support Systems (PSS) are designed to analyze and compare the impacts of alternative land use scenarios. PSS software is growing in sophistication. Research by Professor Asligül Göçmen indicates that while the use of GIS in Wisconsin planning agencies is extensive, there is little use of PSS at the local government level. This workshop will utilize prominent PSS software and Wisconsin GIS data to analyze alternative land use scenarios. Students will explore the evolution of planning support systems and the application of INDEX PlanBuilder and CommunityViz.

Workshop Resources

Workshop Flyer (pdf file)
Syllabus (pdf file)
Assignment (pdf file)

GIS Training
As part of the Univerisity of Wisconsin System-ESRI site license, students, faculty, and staff have access to many of the courses offered as part of the "ESRI Virtual Campus" for free. Contact Math Heinzel at LICGF (5-8536) for the "key" that will allow you to take the course.

Workshop Schedule

Week 1

Tuesday, January 20
Workshop Outline, Introductions, Overview of Planning Support Systems


Thursday, January 22
Group Project Case Study - Milwaukee's Historic Fifth Ward and the Near South Side Area Plan, Mike Maierle, Milwaukee Department of City Development


Week 2

Tuesday, January 27
An Overview of the CommuntityViz Software, Doug Walker, President, Placeways, LLC


Thursday, January 29
An Overview of the INDEX Software, Thom York, Criterion Inc.


Week 3

Tuesday, February 3
Project Work Time

Thursday, February 5
Project Work Time

Week 4

Tuesday, February 10
Project Work Time

Thursday, February 12
Project Work Time

Week 5

Tuesday, February 17
Project Work Time

Thursday, February 19
Project Presentations, Reports Due


Planning Support Systems Milwaukee and the Historic Fifth Ward GIS Resources Land Classification Working Waterfronts

Last modified on February 5, 2009