Analyze a Plan

Learn how you can analyze Plan scenarios while editing a Plan. ArcGIS Urban provides insightful metrics for the following topics:

  • Capacity— Existing, new, and target values for population, household, jobs and parking spots. As well as the number of daily trips, energy use CO2 emissions, internal water use, external water use, waste water and solid waste generated by a scenario.
  • Space Use— List of total area per Space Use Type and each Space Use Type's share of the total new floor area in a scenario.
  • Zoning—Zoning Types are listed as a percentage of the total area per scenario.

Capacity

The Capacity mode opens a side panel with a list of Capacity Indicators. There are first and second order Indicators. First order Indicators are calculated based on developed floor area (e.g. area per person). Second order Indicators are calculated based on first order Indicators (e.g. daily trips per person).

First order Capacity Indicators include:

  • Population
  • Housholds
  • Jobs
  • Parking Spots

Second order Capacity Indicators include:

  • Required Parking Spots
  • Daily Trips
  • Energy Use
  • CO2 Emissions
  • Internal Water Use
  • External Water Use
  • Waste Water
  • Solid Waste

The Capacity Indicators in a design scenario are automatically calculated based on the space uses assigned. For example, if you apply a retail building to a Plan, the capacity for jobs will increase. All first order Capacity Indicators are comprised of an existing value (the current capacity) and a new value per scenario (the future capacity). In addition, first order Capacity Indicators can have a target value (the goal capacity). Second order Capacity Indicators only show the change due to the development in the current scenario.

Access the Capacity tab

Complete the following steps to access the Capacity tab:

  1. Open the Plan editor
  2. From the scenario switcher drop-down in the header, select the scenario you want to see the capacity indicators of.
  3. Click the Capacity button in the top right corner of the header.
Note:

The Capacity mode shows metrics for the whole study area of the selected scenario by default.

If you want to analyze the capacity metrics for selected parcels, select the parcels of interest in the view, then choose the Selection option from the drop-down menu located in the top right corner of the Capacity side panel.

Set existing and target Capacity Indicators

When developing scenarios, it is helpful to compare the capacity of the new planned area to the capacity of existing conditions and design targets (that is, growth forecasts). This data cannot be generated by the app and must be input manually. Only first order Capacity Indicators can have existing and target values. Second order Capacity Indicators only have a value generated by the design scenario.

  1. To set existing and target values, open the Capacity tab as described above.
  2. From the scenario switcher drop-down in the header bar, select the scenario for which you want to set existing and target values.
  3. Click on the Capacity Indicator you want to edit and expand the detailed view.
  4. Click the corresponding Edit icon and enter the existing Capacity Indicator numbers.

    The existing value is automatically updated in all scenarios.

  5. Click the corresponding Edit icon and enter the target Capacity Indicator numbers.

    The target value is only updated in selected scenario.

Space use

To see a list for each scenario of the total area per Space Use Type and each Space Use Type's share of the total new floor area, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the Plan editor
  2. From the scenario switcher drop-down in the header bar, select the scenario for which you want to see the space use statistics.
  3. Click Development in the top right corner of the view.
  4. Click the Space Use button in the top of the side panel.
  5. Hover over the horizontal Space Use Types bar and explore each Space Use Type's share of the total new floor area.
  6. Click on the different Space Use Types in the list below the horizontal Space Use Types bar.

    The view expands and shows more details about the corresponding Space Use Type.

Zoning

To see a list for each scenario of the parcel area per Zoning Type and each Zoning Type's share of the total parcel area, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the Plan editor
  2. From the scenario switcher drop-down in the header bar, select the scenario for which you want to see the space use statistics.
  3. Click Zoning in the top right corner of the view.
  4. Hover over the horizontal Zoning Types in Scenario bar and explore each Zoning Type's share of the total parcel area.
  5. Click on the different Zoning Types in the list below the horizontal Zoning Types in Scenario bar.

    The view expands and shows more details about the corresponding Zoning Type.

Export to spreadsheet

Complete the following steps to export the various numbers of each scenario to a spreadsheet:

  1. Open the Plan editor
  2. Click Capacity in the top right corner of the view.
  3. Make sure the Capacity side panel is expanded.
  4. Make sure the Study area option is selected in the drop-down in the top right corner of the Capacity tab
  5. Open the Study area drop-down in the top right corner of the Capacity tab and select Download

    A spreadsheet is downloaded that contains the Capacity Indicator numbers and Space Use Types as well as Zoning Types statistics for all scenarios.