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Introduction to the UrbanSim Cloud Platform
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Introduction to the UrbanSim Cloud Platform

Introduction to the UrbanSim Cloud Platform

52 min
Credit: AICP CM

This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.

The UrbanSim Cloud Platform provides pre-built UrbanSim models and supporting tools for crafting and evaluating a socioeconomic forecast for a small geographic area.

At the end of this course, participants will be acquainted with the UrbanSim forecasting methodology, understanding the features available in the UrbanSim Cloud Platform and the basics of an UrbanSim model at the Census block level.

We will develop familiarity with the cloud platform's user interface and explore how to use the platform to track a city's development pipeline, edit development and zoning constraints, and refine a forecast.  We will use the platform to compose scenarios, launch UrbanSim simulations, and visualize model outputs using the 3D mapping interface.

In This Course

  1. Sam Blanchard introduces the UrbanSim Cloud Platform.
  2. Learn about the role of land use forecasting and UrbanSim in regional planning. This chapter also discusses the open-source tools and community behind UrbanSim.
  3. Learn about the theoretical basis and the design of UrbanSim.
  4. Learn the common policy evaluation use cases for UrbanSim.
  5. Learn about the differences between the three UrbanSim model templates, the data schema of the block-level model, and the recommended UrbanSim model development path.
  6. Develop familiarity with the UrbanSim Cloud Platform and its user interface. This chapter gives a tour of the platform's menus, toolbar, and map navigation.
  7. In this chapter, we run a simple simulation to illustrate the platform's capabilities.
  8. Learn about the data categories that can be uploaded into the UrbanSim platform. This chapter also shows how to upload local data to the platform to supplement the core behavioral simulation.
  9. Learn how to create and edit spatial scenario inputs, including known upcoming real estate development projects, real estate development constraints (e.g., zoning and land use regulations), and model adjustments.
  10. Learn how to compose complex scenarios, launch simulations, view indicators, and download results.

Published 2017