This chapter focuses the use of Internet GIS in planning and resource management activities. Government agencies have historically been the predominant user of GIS since they are involved in environmental planning, transportation planning, economic planning, and a host of other planning activities important to the continued well-being and future development of their respective communities. But as private organizations expanded, they also began using GIS to assist in their planning and management activities. A number of case studies describing current uses of Internet GIS by local governments and professional organizations were presented in this chapter to illustrate the utility, versatility and practivity of Internet GIS.


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Chapter 13 Internet GIS Applications in Planning and Resource Management

13.1 Introduction
13.2 Case Studies in Infrastructure Planning and Management
      13.2.1 Case Study 1 -- Facilities Planning for New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), New York, USA

      13.2.2 Case Study 2 -- Asset Management and Transportation Network Planning with A Road Management Information System (ARMIS) GIS, Queensland, Australia

      13.2.3 Case Study 3 -- Transportation, Utility, and Strategic Planning with Property Land Use System (PLUS), Queensland Rail, Queensland, Australia

      13.2.4 Case Study 4 -- Utilities Planning with Pennsylvania One Call System (POCS), Pennsylvania, USA

13.3 Case Studies in Emergency Planning

      13.3.1 Case Study 5 -- Emergency Planning with Military Software, Utah Olympic Public Safety Command, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

      13.3.2 Case Study 6 -- Evacuation Planning with Hurricane Evacuation Decision Support Solution, South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) and Emergency Preparedness Division (EPD), South Carolina, USA
13.4 Case Studies in Community Planning

      13.4.1 Case Study 7 -- Economic Development with the Vallejo Economic Development Information System (VEDIS), Vallejo, California, USA

      13.4.2 Case Study 8 -- Community Development with Enterprise Geographic Information System (EGIS), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), USA

      13.4.3 Case Study 9 -- Community Planning in Covington, Virginia, USA

      13.4.4 Case Study 10 -- Land Use Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment with Historical Maps, The David Rumsey Collection, San Francisco, California, USA

      13.4.5 Case Study 11 -- Comprehensive Planning in Howard County, Maryland, USA

      13.4.6 Case Study 12 -- Community Development Planning with Smart Permits Using Sunnyvale Geographic Information System (SunGISTM) in Sunnyvale, California, USA

      13.4.7 Case Study 13 -- Property Assessment with MapMilwaukee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

      13.4.8 Case Study 14 -- A Work-in-Progress for Neighborhood Planning for the City of Tampa in Florida, USA

13.5 Conclusions

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The following lists the website of the case studies:
  • Homes and Communities, US Department of Housing and Urban Development (
    It is a prototype of Internet mapping developed by the HUD in corporation with ESRI, Inc. You can create your own personalized map with Map Your Community by display any combination of HUD Housing and Community Development, FEMA, EPA, and Census data for the location and surrounding area you are interested in. You can also display additional data includes: lakes, rivers, landmarks (parks, schools, government buildings, etc.), city streets, highways etc. Or you can use the address locator to find a specific place in RC (renewal community), EC (enterprise community), or EZ (enterprise zone).

  • New York State’s Office of Mental Health (OMH) (
    The page provides the example to built an open, distributed Facility Information System (FIS) that uses web-based geographic information system (GIS) technology combined with an Oracleâ database repository to store, retrieve, manage, analyze and share facility information via the OMH intranet using server-based GIS technology from MapInfo called SpatialWare.

  • Queensland Rail (
    Queenland Rail, the biggest rail and fright operator in Australia, developed a spatial land information system called Property Land Use System (PLUS) to manage the day-to-day operations of its railway network, which includes 1,400+ railway stations and 6,634 miles (10,700 kilometers) of track and corridor land, as well as tunnels, bridges and electric,
    gas and water supplies. It allows its employees to tap into the resources and data sets and display the information in maps. Technologies of MapInfo Professional®, MapInfo EasiMaps and MapInfo MapX® were incorporated in the system development.

  • Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc. (POCS)
    In order to prevent damage to underground facilities, thereby ensuring greater public and excavator safety, POCS developed an optional, subscriber-level service known as Saf-CallTM . As a Web-based system designed around MapInfo enterprise technology software and MapInfo® StreetPro® EAL, Saf-CallTM automatically screens out notifications of dig sites that lie outside the boundaries of subscribing member facilities. As a result, Saf-Call lowers operating costs to subscribing members by dramatically reducing the number of dig notices they receive. The system also maintains up-to-date street level address data, thereby providing greater public safety and minimizing disruptions to utility

  • Howard County, MD
    Howard County uses location-based analysis software from MapInfo to manage a veritable explosion of residential and commercial development; maintain and build roads and bridges with minimum disruption to traffic flows; and, amid continuing growth, provide fire, law enforcement, public health, record keeping and other essential governmental services cost effectively.

  • Economic Development Administration, United States Department of Commerce (
    This collection presents innovative local economic development practices from around the country. Seven types of local economic development initiatives are represented in the collection: brownfields redevelopment, sustainable development, workforce development, responses to the new economy (economic development approaches that target technology-based industries), regional economic development, applications of new technology and the Internet, and innovative partnerships. Since the advancement of Internet and computer networking, some local economic development organizations have sought to find ways to harness the power of these technologies by developing new applications that automate labor-intensive operations. Several case studies including City of Vallejo Economic Development Information System (VEDIS), Vallejo, California; Grant County Economic Development through the Internet, Fennimore, Wisconsin; the Pueblo-Durango Internet Partnership, Pueblo, Colorado; Smart Permits: A Program by the Joint Venture: Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley, California; Smart Connections Center, Aberdeen, South Dakota; and Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District (SMPDD) Internet Site, Gulfport, Mississippi were selected to improve the efficiency of service delivery and internal operations.

  • Fleeting From Floyd -- Internet GIS in the Eye of the Storm, Emergency Preparedness Division, South Carolina (
    The windowbased Internet GIS can tap multiple data sources in virtually any type of raster or vector file format — could combine and distribute GIS and other digital information for publication on the Internet. This would enable South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), EPD, and other appropriate state agencies to display and query maps using any industry standard Web browser.

  • City of Sunnyvale (
    This website provides access to Sunnyvale Geographic Information System (SunGIS) which is the first in a series of new Internet-oriented City services. The SunGIS is designed to meet the technology needs of local community development operations through four interconnected modules: Land, Planning, Building, Compliance. SunGIS can handle permits, track complaints, schedule inspections, and monitor hearings all through one database system. It also allows city staff to oversee a project, complaint, or application from start to finish.

  • David Rumsey Map Collection, Cartography Associates (
    The David Rumsey Collection focuses primarily on cartography of the Americas from the 18th and 19th centuries, but also has maps of the World, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. The collection can be viewed in three ways: Insight® Browser, Insight® Java client and Internet GIS. Insight® Browser utilizes any typical web browser and requires no plug-ins or download, so it is the easiest to use. Insight® Java Client is a fully featured Java application that provides advanced functionality including higher resolution printing, and enhanced zooming and panning capabilities but required download. GIS Browser, built by Maplicity™ and MapImager™ products of Telemorphic, allows detailed overlays of historical maps and current geospatial data. Telemorphic uses ArcIMS™ from ESRI, Inc. to provide the server-side GIS functionality for the site.

  • GIS Planning (
    GIS Planning is an Internet company with recognized expertise in the development of web-based geographic information systems (GIS) applications which foster enhanced economic development, e-commerce, and web services. This website provides access to a list of public, private, nonprofit and academic clients who adopt the technologies of ArcIMS to develop their Internet based GIS for urban planning and economic development.

  • UK Public Transport Information Web Site (
    Infopolis 2 (1998 - 2000) is a project partially funded by the European Commission Telematics Application Program (Transport Sector). The project encompasses several information systems including Public Interactive Terminal, Electronic Bus Stop Display, On-Board Information, At-Home/Office Information, Inquiry Office Terminal and Hand Held Terminal. A complete description of each information system studied in the project and more precisely their role, the origin of the data, and the ergonomic features can be found following the provided hyperlink.

City of Vallejo ( )

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