Appendix B-22: Additional Model Use: Analyze Site Selection Criteria

Analyze Site Selection Criteria

A process in which BIM/GIS tools are used to evaluate properties in a given area to determine the most optimal site location for a future project. The site data collected is used to first select the site and then position the building based on other criteria.

Potential Value:

  • Use calculated decision making to determine if potential sites meet the required criteria according to project requirements, technical factors, and financial factors
  • Decrease costs of utility demand and demolition
  • Increase energy efficiency
  • Minimize the risk of hazardous material
  • Maximize return on investment

Resources Required:

  • GIS software
  • Design Authoring Software

Team Competencies Required:

  • Ability to manipulate, navigate, and review a 3D model
  • Knowledge and understanding of local authority’s system (GIS, database information)

Selected Resources:

  • The Site Selection Guide. US General Services Administration (GSA) Public Building Service.
  • Wallace, R. (2004). “Optimal Site Selection for Military Land Management”. ASCE Conf. Proc. 138, 159. DOI: 10. 1061/40737(2004)159.
  • Farnsworth, S. (1995). “Site Selection Perspective.” Prospecting Sites. June, 29-31.
  • WPBG Sustainable Committee. Optimizing Site Potential.
  • Suermann P. (2005). “Leveraging GIS Tools in Defense and Response at the U.S. Air Force Academy.” ASCE Conf. Proc. 179, 82 DOI: 10. 1061/40794(179)82.
  • Venigalla, M. and Baik, B. (2007). “GIS-Based Engineering Management Service Functions: Taking GIS Beyond Mapping for Municipal Governments.” Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, ASCE,


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