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Object-oriented cartographic modeling techniques in physical planning


1998 1998

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Abstract (summary)

Cartographic modeling is a methodology that transforms geographically referenced data into information. It manifests itself in the form of a high-level procedural programming language. As such, cartographic modeling suffers from many of the common deficiencies associated with the procedural approach to software development. These deficiencies hinder the utility of current procedural cartographic modeling techniques in dealing with complex applications. Productivity of cartographic modeling is thus diminished as the complexity of its applications increases.

The object model has been recognized as a promising alternative to the procedural approach to software development. This study explores the question of whether or not a version of the cartographic modeling techniques based on the object model can enhance its efficiency and effectiveness in complex applications. More specifically, this study employs an object-oriented approach in designing a new foundation for cartographic modeling with an emphasis on applications in city and regional planning. It then implements the design in various formats and evaluates the design by deploying the new foundation in several physical planning applications. It finds that, with the ability to design tailor-made objects, the object-oriented approach indeed remedies many deficiencies of the procedural approach. The major contribution of devising this new foundation is introducing an organizing mechanism called CompositeMap that sorts elements of a cartographic model into a tree-like structure according to a hierarchy of meanings. Thus, a cartographic modeling procedure can be abstractly represented as a hierarchy and referred to as a ready-made component for convenient reuse.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Urban planning;
Area planning & development;
Computer science;
Geography
Classification
0999: Urban planning
0999: Area planning & development
0984: Computer science
0366: Geography
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences, Applied sciences, Cartographic, Geographic information systems, Object-oriented, Physical planning
Title
Object-oriented cartographic modeling techniques in physical planning
Author
Wang, Wen-Chieh
Number of pages
223
Publication year
1998
Degree date
1998
School code
0175
Source
DAI-A 59/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
0599121432, 9780599121430
Advisor
Tomlin, C. Dana
University/institution
University of Pennsylvania
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9913536
ProQuest document ID
304442906
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304442906
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