Instead of researching a specific field, I decided to research an individual company. My case study is based on Parsons Corporation. I have a particular interest in Parsons and may try to obtain a job with them upon graduating, thus used this project as an opportunity to fully research the company. Parsons mainly provides engineering, construction, and program management services. The company is split into nine different fields: Energy and Chemicals, Infrastructure, Technology, Government, Safety and Security, Industry, Planning, Environmental, and Transportation. GIS is commonly used in Parsons’ Planning department in Urban and Regional Planning, Military Installation Planning, and Urban Planning and Design. It is also commonly used in their Environmental department in Asset Management; as well as, many of their other fields.
In the Environmental field
GIS is used to investigate and map polluted areas or a specific pollutant
either in the air, surface, or the water. One specific project was
the DOE-Fernald Environmental Management project. This project designed
roads, leachate collection systems, waste transfer and water treatment
for five uranium processing facilities. A GIS was used for investigating
subsurface chemical and radioactive contaminates which would prove to be
very useful to these uranium processing facilities in monitoring these
|In Urban Planning and Design a project prepared for the city of Dubai included a complete structure plan and action area plans for this small city in Arabia. A GIS was developed to guide future growth and change. The plan included potential land changes, infrastructure growth and improvements, housing, environmental studies, economic diversification and resource allocation. The land planners of Dubai should be able to use the GIS created to guide the development of the city with it’s increasing growth.|
Due to the current United States economic situation, Military Installation Planning is probably the
|department utilizing GIS mostly at this time. Many projects have been completed on military bases around theworld focusing on base improvements and development. At Fort Riley in Kansas a GIS was created for better land management for existing and future needs and was developed for graphical and nongraphical files. The base planners are able to use the developed GIS to compare the exisiting facilities with project facility needs. They are also able to use it to look at current land use and facility resources and the areas needing improvement. This is also similar to the GIS project created for the Kadena Air Base|
|used and accessed by anyone involved in the process.
The Kadena project also used GIS data to develop and internet application
of the general plan. Parsons developed web pages of the plan so that
anyone accessing the general plan web pages will be able to interact with
live GIS data.
Parsons is an excellent example of a company utilizing GIS capabilities. They have used it in the environmental field to track pollutants, the planning field to help plan for future growth and development, for the military to better
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Parsons Corporation. 2002. Urban Planning & Design: Dubai Urban Area Structure Plan.