Moving beyond operations: Leveraging big data for urban planning decisions

Steve French, Camille Barchers, Wenwen Zhang

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Abstract

Big data is here: urban infrastructure systems are being instrumented to provide continuous reports on their performance; buildings are monitoring and reporting occupancy and energy use; distributed water and air quality sensors are providing real time information on dozens of environmental parameters. Cell phone location data is providing a detailed view of the activity patterns for millions of urban residents. However, when the utility of big data is discussed almost all of the examples provided are short-term man-agement applications. There are very few examples of big data being used in long range planning. This paper discusses why big data is particularly well suited to short term management applications and identifies the factors that have limited its use for longer range planning. This paper also provides examples of how big data can be abstracted in ways that are useful for long range planning, and how these uses differ from the short-term management applications that are so commonly discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCUPUM 2015 - 14th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management
PublisherCUPUM
ISBN (Electronic)9780692474341
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event14th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, CUPUM 2015 - Cambridge, United States
Duration: Jul 7 2015Jul 10 2015

Publication series

NameCUPUM 2015 - 14th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management

Conference

Conference14th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, CUPUM 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCambridge
Period7/7/157/10/15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies
  • Ecology
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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