Geodesign tools: one for the techies

The continued discussion about Geodesign is stimulating GIS professionals and designers to imagine new ways to collaborate. As a result, several new plug-ins and tools are now available to help bridge the gap between GIS and design.

One of my favourites is the Symbol Scale Conversion Wizard. This spreadsheet converts real-world ground distances to a point size for display on a mapThe point size represents the real world distance based on a reference scale specified by the user. For example, say you were designing a park with an alley of live oaks. Each live oak has a canopy spread of approx. 40 m. To accurately represent its scale in a 1:10000 map, you’d need a point size of 11. This might not sound like a big deal, but to a landscape architect trying to communicate concepts of space, it’s very helpful!

The second Geodesign conference held earlier this year at Redlands Check out all the resources and videos posted here


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