CommunityViz Scenario 360: analyze, visualize, and engage
CommunityViz Scenario 360 is GIS-based decision support software for regional and local planners. It is an ArcGIS® extension that adds interactive analysis tools and a decision-making framework to the ArcGIS platform. Scenario 360 helps you view, analyze and understand land-use alternatives and impacts.
Scenario 360 is a powerful, easy-to-use tool that makes the land-use planning process more visual, more collaborative and more effective. Some of the key features include:
Visit the tabs in this section to learn more about applications, decision tools, and how Scenario 360 helps you as a planner to analyze, visualize, and engage.
Click here to see the Scenario 360 Factsheet
Scenario 360 allows you to connect to 3D visualization tools, giving you new ways to see your community as it is or as it could be.
Scenario 360 includes special charts that provide dynamically updated visual displays of information you want to know.
You can set up the charts to display a single variable, multiple variables, multiple scenarios, and previous values. Curious about where the information is coming from? Click right on the chart to see the data and assumptions behind it. You can also embed charts right on your map using the Chart Elements feature.
CommunityViz Scenario 360 provides a unique and powerful framework for planning analysis.
Scenario 360 dynamic analysis lets you ask “what-if…?” questions about alternative planning strategies and future events, then get answers in real-time as you experiment and discuss.Dynamic Analysis Engine™
The unique Scenario 360 Dynamic Analysis Engine lets you do geospatial modeling of the effects of any potential plan. Study housing, transportation, environment, economics, sustainability, and much more. Choose from more than 100 built-in indicator models, or customize and create your own.
Get the information you need, when you need it
Scenario 360's powerful, versatile, and unique Dynamic Analysis Engine is perfect for planning decisions
Good planning decisions are based on good models: How much will this planning approach cost? What will it do to water quality? How much housing will it provide?
With Scenario 360, you get immediate answers to those kinds of questions. It’s done with formula-based calculations running in an open modeling environment. Scenario 360 models are:
Thinking of a particular planning application, like build-out, suitability assessment, or impact analysis? Scenario 360 also has a collection of easy-to-use Decision Tools (also known as planning apps) to speed you along.
Understand your choices
Scenario 360 allows you to create, analyze, and work with multiple alternatives for the future of a place—all in real time.
Scenarios are an effective method for making informed planning decisions. Before you write a plan or start implementation, you consider several alternatives—called scenarios—and study the pros and cons of each. From there, you can refine your ideas to choose the best course of action.
Dynamic analysis lets you work with scenarios in real time.
Ask “what-if…?” questions about alternative planning strategies or uncertain future events. Try adding infrastructure or changing zoning, and see what happens. This iterative process, sometimes called geodesign, is perfect for early planning discussions and group meetings.
Scenario 360 provides a powerful array of tools for creating scenarios:
Analyzing and comparing scenarios is taken care of for you:
Scenario 360 is at home in your office, your committee room, and your auditorium
The clear, colorful visuals make excellent presentations, and added tools like the Saved Views feature, Symbology Saver, full-screen charts, and Scenario Comparison window give a presenter extra confidence, speed, and visual clarity for speaking to large audiences.
CommunityViz is made to help people understand the sometimes complex considerations that affect geographic decisions
Scenario 360 is carefully designed to be as easy on the outside as it is powerful on the inside. For example, analysis functions are displayed separately from set-up functions, making it easier for non-technical audiences to focus on decision-making concepts without getting lost in details. Yet the analysis is still transparent: it is a simple matter to look up the formulas and assumption behind any result, and to change them if desired.
Scenario 360 reporting capabilities include a Reports Wizard that helps you create clear, comprehensive reports that provide data, images, and explanations about your analysis. Reports are in HTML format that is ready to be posted to a project website or simply viewed on your own computer.
CommunityViz WebShots let you post partly interactive web presentations that let your viewers explore your analysis or view it as a slide show you create.
The Analysis Publisher creates freely sharable, read-only versions of your Scenario 360 analysis.
You can share your work with clients, members of the public, or anyone else you like, whether or not they have CommunityViz or ArcGIS. To create sharable analyses, the ArcGIS Publisher extension (standard with ArcInfo) is required. To view analyses, ESRI's free ArcReader is required. Published Analyses are the ideal companion to Sharable 3D Scenes and they provide more robust map navigation and data than WebShots.
Decision tools help you accomplish common planning tasks like build-out and suitability analysis.
Common Impacts Wizard automatically creates GIS-based impact analyses commonly associated with growth and development. You can instantly start to see some of the most commonly used indicators of economic, environmental, and social outcomes associated with alternative growth scenarios. The analyses created include everything you need: formulas, indicators, charts, reports, and variable assumptions with default values to serve as a starting point.
Here are the impacts the wizard can potentially create, depending on the information you provide, and the impacts you ask for:
The Custom Impacts Wizard sets up analysis models for impacts that are important to you but that are not covered in the Common Impacts Wizard or elsewhere. You specify the type of analysis you want - counts, sums, classifications - and the parameters you want to use. The wizard takes it from there, setting up the formulas, attributes, indicators, assumptions and charts you can use to see how your impact is affected by potential decisions you might make. The impact models supported by the Custom Impacts Wizards cover some of the most commonly used simple structures. For example, you can: