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Title: THE USE OF "WHAT IF?", A GIS PLANNING SUPPORT SYSTEM IN THE PLANNING OF SINGAPORE'S BUILT ENVIRONMENT
Authors: LIN VIN LIAN CHERRY
Issue Date: 2003
Citation: LIN VIN LIAN CHERRY (2003). THE USE OF "WHAT IF?", A GIS PLANNING SUPPORT SYSTEM IN THE PLANNING OF SINGAPORE'S BUILT ENVIRONMENT. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The objective of this study is to explore the possibility of the use of a planning support system in Singapore. With the advancement of the Geographic Information System (GIS) technology that has been widely known for its analytical ability, there is immense potential for a greater transparency and objectivity to be attained in the process of making planning decisions using computer-aided programs. This does not imply that planning support systems will bring about decisions that are totally objective, as one will agree that land use policies are political by nature. What the system does provide is an alternative perspective to land use allocations, which may or may not justify certain plans, and thereby improving planning decisions. The author has used the 'What If?' version 1.1 program, a planning support system developed by Richard Klosterman in the analysis of land use plans of Singapore. Three main sections: the suitability, growth and allocation components of land use plans are considered in this study. The findings reveal that there is a need for a contextualized planning support system if such systems are to be adopted and used locally, as the 'What If?' program is unable to project land use allocation within a 'status quo' land size over the study period. Nonetheless, the author concludes that there is immense potential in the use of analytical ability of the GIS technology in the local urban planning arena, and this potential should be tapped to meet the increasing demands and expectations of future land use planning.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/213188
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