Scenario-based spatial decision support for network infrastructure design

Gernot Paulus, Martin Krch, Johannes Scholz, Peter Bachhiesl

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This paper describes an extended framework for scenario based spatial decision support for constructing new network infrastructure and its application in the domains of telecommunication, forestry and energy. There is an increasing need to provide new planning paradigms to support very expensive strategic investment decisions in new network infrastructure in these domains. The planning processes are still dominated by an expert approach based on empirical knowledge and manual implementation. With this conventional approach it is impossible to visualize and to consider different planning scenarios within a reasonable cost and time frame. We combined the powerful analytical and visualization capabilities of a Geographic Information System (GIS) with mathematical methods of graph theory and combinatorial optimization. This conceptual approach extends the basic spatial decision support model with a knowledge based module for scenario parameterization and graph generation, a module for geodata integration and processing, an operations research optimization module and a multi-level visualization module supporting the need of different communication channels within the decision making process.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe European Information Society
Subtitle of host publicationTaking Geoinformation Science One Step Further
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783540789451
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event11th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science, AGILE 2008 - Girona, Spain
Duration: 5 May 20088 May 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography
ISSN (Print)1863-2351


Conference11th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science, AGILE 2008


  • Knowledge base
  • Network analysis
  • Network infrastructures
  • Spatial decision support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Computers in Earth Sciences


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