Features have been progressively added to GeoPlanner for ArcGIS. Specific highlights for each update are listed below.
April 2018 update
The April update has enhancements to the Suitability modeler widget and better management of indicators with GeoPlanner for ArcGIS.
- Access the attribute table—At this update, you can access an attribute table for design and operational layers. You can sort and get statistics on fields to help you rank features. You can also edit attribute values of design features.
- Use more layers in your summary chart—The summary chart reports on areas of overlay between two layers so you can understand impact. At this update, you can use layers with simple, unique values, and classified and visual variable symbology in the summary chart. This will enable you to use the output of Create Travel Times, Aggregate Points, Calculate Density, Find Hot Spots, and more in the summary chart directly.
- Have lots of indicators? Now it's easier to manage them—At this update, you can reorder your key performance indicators (KPIs) in the dashboard so you can focus on your most important metrics.
- Better analysis in the Suitability Modeler widget—At this update, the Suitability Modeler widget in Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS includes the summary chart. The widget allows you to summarize model scores in a dashboard using selected features and graphics. This will help you make analysis easier and more accessible for your users.
December 2017 update
The December update to GeoPlanner for ArcGIS includes added features and specific tools, which are described below.
- Merge—This tool allows you to combine parcels or other areas to help you design, test, and visualize the changes proposed by your plans.
- Move Features—You can now move multiple features in bulk by using the Move Features icon.
- Zonal Stats—The chart report allows you to create a zonal statistics report for your design and suitability model. Now, there is a process that joins those CSV records back to your design so you have a layer with your scores. This will help you visualize which features are best or worst for your activity.
- Work with more data—You can now import more features at once into a scenario. This will help you be more productive and allow you to analyze and report on higher volumes of data in your plans.
- Run custom analysis tools—Discover and execute custom geoprocessing services. You can now access powerful analytical tools to help you make better decisions about your community's assets.
- Stencils—You can create stencils in GeoPlanner. Stencils are preconfigured drawing shapes you can use to be more productive in your design and planning.
- Accept invitations—GeoPlanner is a collaborative planning and design app. You are able to invite your colleagues to work with you on a project. They can now accept these invitations in the app so they can start working with you almost immediately.
- Visible Range—You can set visible ranges for layers in GeoPlanner. This allows you to control the scales at which your data draws so your maps and layers appear more organized.
- Suitability Analysis Service toolbox—The Weighted Raster Overlay Service toolbox has been completely reengineered. This toolbox works with ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5–10.6. Service creation is easier at this update; add your .tif files to ArcGIS Pro, run the tool, and a mosaic dataset is created that you can publish to your ArcGIS Enterprise and Image Server. Other new tools allow you to change classification ranges, NoData values, and raster information so your users have a better understanding of the analysis service.
September 2017 update
The September release of GeoPlanner for ArcGIS includes new tools in the project backstage, enhancements to the KPI, and increased functionality with design layers.
- Collaborate—In the Project Backstage, there's a new Collaborate section with tools for collaborating with users during the planning process. These tools include Update Project Defaults, Reset Project, and Save as Template. Update Project Defaults allows you to share your current web map with anyone who is collaborating with you on a project. Reset Project refreshes your current web map with the content, layers, and dashboard that others have shared through the project web map. Save as Template saves your current project as a template so you (and others) can create new projects using the layers, dashboard, and other settings you’ve created in your project.
- Project Constants—You can now define constants in your projects that can be used in KPI calculations. For example, you can define a floor area ratio (FAR) constant once and reference it in several KPIs. If you change the project-level constant, all of your KPIs will update. This enables consistency across KPIs and helps you maintain your metrics.
- Design layers—You now have more control over design layers. For example, you can rename a design layer, reorder design layers, add new design types, or delete an existing type.
- Design tools—Updating the attributes of multiple features simultaneously is now possible with the Calculate tool.
- Composite KPI—When creating a key performance indicator, you can create a KPI composed of other KPIs, known as a Composite KPI. Using a Composite KPI works well for generating KPIs that combine metrics from different design layers and functions.
June 2017 update
This update to GeoPlanner for ArcGIS helps you evaluate and report on your scenarios and other assets in your projects.
Design and evaluate using selected scenario features
You can now select multiple scenario features in GeoPlanner for ArcGIS. To help you be more productive in scenario design, you can cut, copy, paste, and delete selected scenario features. The dashboard can also report on selected features so you can more precisely understand and assess scenario impact.
Work within planning study areas
To help you define areas in which planning activities take place, you can now configure study areas. Study areas are areas in which you can design scenarios and report on key performance indicators in the dashboard and reports. You define study areas by sketching polygons into a new study area layer. When a study area is activated, GeoPlanner reports on scenarios that intersect the active study area and masks the area outside of the activated study area. You can import features that are within a study area into a scenario.
Study areas help you evaluate your plans and designs. Use study areas to switch between different planning subareas. You can see how your dashboard changes as you move between different areas.
New types of reports
This update to GeoPlanner includes two new types of reports, a baseline natural assets report and a chart report.
The baseline report, at this update, creates a PDF or XLSX file of USA landscape layers in a U.S. state, county, or hydrologic unit code (HUC). Supported HUC levels include 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10. The report works against curated layers in Living Atlas of the World so you can use authoritative datasets to generate information products for comprehensive, open space, or other types of planning elements. You can also use this report for environmental screening reports. Future releases of this report will include the ability to use custom geographies and generate reports outside of the United States.
The chart report is useful for environmental screening workflows and helps you evaluate potential impacts of your scenarios on an area. Use this report to understand how a development initiative, conservation plan, or any other project impacts an area. If your charts reference a suitability model, the report will show how your scenario features summarize your models. You can include models created by the GeoPlanner modeler utility or those created using the classification tool. Reports are currently available in CSV file format.
You can use a study area to define a geography for GeoPlanner reports.
GeoPlanner dashboards can be moved, maximized, minimized, and now docked to the bottom of the application. This will help you see more KPIs as you work. You can also scroll through your docked dashboard.
Suitability Modeler now part of Web AppBuilder
The GeoPlanner modeler utility helps you perform suitability modeling so you can identify risks and opportunities in an area. This utility is now a widget in Web AppBuilder. You can use this widget with three Esri-curated suitability modeling services in Living Atlas or with services that you build and host in your own infrastructure. This widget allows you to create new models from services or from an existing model. Models created by this widget can also be used in GeoPlanner for ArcGIS. Use this widget to enable others to discover, use, and share suitability models in your custom web apps built with Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS.