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Karen C. Hanna , R. Brian Culpepper
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27 April 1998
A low–stress introduction to GIS

Forget everything you′ve been told about geographic information systems. Today′s simpler, less expensive, and far more refined GIS software can be operated on a PC or Mac, and in this book you′ll discover a new approach to GIS site design and land planning that makes the entire process easier, faster, and more designer friendly.

GIS in Site Design demonstrates how to use GIS the same way you would work with tracing paper and markers. The only difference is that now you′ll be meeting your clients′ needs to employ GIS data and deliver products in a GIS environment.

The companion CD–ROM contains a tutorial library of all the GIS data in the book. Using techniques explained on the CD to model your own drawings, you′ll learn to use GIS for:
∗ Landscape architecture, site design, and land planning
∗ Visual resource analysis
∗ Design of large sites––subdivisions, golf courses, parks, campuses, and more
∗ Design of linear systems such as greenways, trails, and riparian restorations


GIS in Site Design is an indispensable resource that will help you master this increasingly important tool and gain access to larger and more challenging site design projects.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Pap/Cdr edition (27 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471163872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471163879
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,985,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A low–stress introduction to GIS

Forget everything you′ve been told about geographic information systems. Today′s simpler, less expensive, and far more refined GIS software can be operated on a PC or Mac, and in this book you′ll discover a new approach to GIS site design and land planning that makes the entire process easier, faster, and more designer friendly.

GIS in Site Design demonstrates how to use GIS the same way you would work with tracing paper and markers. The only difference is that now you′ll be meeting your clients′ needs to employ GIS data and deliver products in a GIS environment.

The companion CD–ROM contains a tutorial library of all the GIS data in the book. Using techniques explained on the CD to model your own drawings, you′ll learn to use GIS for:

  • Landscape architecture, site design, and land planning
  • Visual resource analysis
  • Design of large sites—subdivisions, golf courses, parks, campuses, and more
  • Design of linear systems such as greenways, trails, and riparian restorations

GIS in Site Design is an indispensable resource that will help you master this increasingly important tool and gain access to larger and more challenging site design projects.

About the Author

KAREN CALHOON HANNA is Departmental Chairperson of Landscape Architecture at the University of Arkansas. A registered landscape architect in California and Arkansas, she holds certification with the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards. She began working with geographical information systems in the early 1970s.

R. BRIAN CULPEPPER is a Research Specialist with the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He is a consultant and founding partner of Culpepper, Dzur & Johnson, LLC, a GIS consulting firm.

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Hanna and Culpepper have provided the first book that deals with the practical use of GIS in landscape architecture. Hanna has developed an innovative methodology that bridges the gap between most small scale GIS and the (very) large scale (1:1200 +) of most site design. The book should be required reading for any landscape architect and any professional or student who is involved with site or community planning or design.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative introduction to the use of GIS in site design 17 Dec 1998
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Hanna and Culpepper have provided the first book that deals with the practical use of GIS in landscape architecture. Hanna has developed an innovative methodology that bridges the gap between most small scale GIS and the (very) large scale (1:1200 +) of most site design. The book should be required reading for any landscape architect and any professional or student who is involved with site or community planning or design.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not an especially thorough examination of GIS and L.A. 4 Aug 1999
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Not well organized, repetitive in parts and not well suited to the more advanced AV user.
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