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Examples of the use of a computer as a planning aid Thom, Jane Elizabeth

Abstract

The growing amount of data available to the planners today and the necessity to easily order, display, and assimilate this data, has thrust the computer into the foreground of planning tools. Computers are unequalled in their ability to handle, reorganize and manipulate large volumes of data. Computer techniques are developed here to handle and display data for the planner so that he can more effectively spend his time on the evaluation and decision-making aspects of planning. Thus a minimum amount of time need be spent in assimilating the information necessary for a decision; this is particularly beneficial in the preliminary phase of planning. Three computer techniques to simplify data handling and visually display data are described in this report. One generates simple three-dimensional drawings on a graphics display terminal. A second technique visually and dynamically displays growth and change by simulating the evolution of a cityscape. The third technique extends McHarg's space allocation map overlay technique. It utilizes spatially distributed data, and allows interactive manipulation of this data to indicate areas of "suitability" for a particular use.

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