Great Technology Events At APA 2005 San Francisco

Great Technology Events At APA 2005 San Francisco

APA Information Technology Division


Computer-Based Decision-Support and Visualization Strategies

Saturday, March 19, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

San Francisco Marriott

Presenters showcase IT-based approaches to community outreach and decision making. Case studies include redevelopment of Lower Manhattan and other high-pressure planning situations. The enhanced program includes 3-D visualization geared for use in public settings, electronic democracy techniques, scenario-building models, web-based GIS, and multi-media tools. Learn how to avoid techno-gimmickry through analysis of stakeholders', users', and decision makers' needs. Explore creative analytic techniques to identify policy elements and community concerns.

Presenters include:

  • Ken Topping, FAICP, Topping Associates International (moderator)
  • Mark Sorensen, University of Redlands: Linkages between knowledge-base, multiple criteria analysis and GIS
  • Chris Steins, Urban Insight/Planetizen: What are the top technologies for planning in 2005?
  • Chuck Donley, Donley & Associates Inc.: Using vector data for site selection, land use allocation, forecasting, and visualization.
  • Ken Snyder, Using visualization and GIS tools on the neighborhood scale
  • Dr. Michael Flaxman, Assistant Industry Manager for Design, ESRI: A Conceptual and Technical Framework for GIS-Based Land Use Planning: Alternative Futures for La Paz, Mexico

    SUNDAY, 3/20

    Web Tools for Managing Public Comment

    Sunday, March 20, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Moscone West, Exhibit Hall

    Learn to use the web to improve the effectiveness of public involvement programs. The IBM-Neighborhood America Public Comment Service enables planners to easily capture public comment, edit Website content, and share project documents and images. See the best practices in CirclePoint's Planning Guide to Public Comment, an e-learning training program.

    MONDAY, 3/21

    Info Tech on a Regional Scale (Special Technology Session)

    Monday, March 21, 2005, 3:00 PM - 5:45 PM

    Moscone West, Room 2002

    Over the past decade, a new generation of GIS and decision support tools has appeared, powered by dramatic increases in computing power and the democratizing influence of the Internet. Tools now run the gamut from very simple visualization tools for public charrettes to very complex, integrating allocation models like UrbanSim. Planning on the regional scale often requires techniques that are both engaging to the public and able to handle complex, multilayered problems. But the wide range of models and tools now available is both exciting and confusing. As communities assess the capabilities of various tools and the time and effort associated with realizing those capabilities, communities need to be agile in refining the process to be compatible with the tools. Conversely, the tools should not be so inflexible that they drive the process itself nor should the process be so open-ended and demanding that it defies integration through a planning support system.

    Speakers include:

  • Mike McKeever, Sacramento Council of Governments
  • Marc Draisen, Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council
  • Ron Thomas, Northeast Illinois Planning Commission
  • Uri Avin, HNTB
  • Paul Patnode, Environmental Simulation Center
  • Ken Snyder,

    The APA's Information Technology division will hosts this special technology clinic session, offering an exciting opportunity to learn about the role of information technology in planning and it's effectiveness in improving civic participation. More information...

    Information Technology Division Reception & Business Meeting

    Sponsorship provided by Neighborhood America

    Monday, March 21, from 6:00 pm -7:30 pm

    Pacific C, San Francisco Marriott

    Stop by immediately after the Info Tech On a Regional Scale session. Neighborhood America is generously sponsoring the Information Technology Division's reception and business meeting, enabling the Division to provide an open bar at the reception. Find out what is planned for 2005-06, and meet others interested in Planning and Technology.

    Related Link: APA's Information Technology Division

    For more information contact:

    Mike Gritz
    APA Information Technology Division

    Las Vegas

    Email: [email protected]

  • Posted June 11, 2004

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