Site Analysis


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 risk of hazardous material
  • Maximize return on investment

Resources Required:

  • GIS software
  • 3D Model manipulation

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.
  • Optimal Site Selection for Military Land Management, R.M. Wallace, ASCE Conf. Proc. 138, 159 (2004).  DOI: 10. 1061/40737(2004)159.
  • Farnsworth, Stephen J. “Site Selection Perspective.” Prospecting Sites. June 1995, 29-31.
  • WPBG Sustainable Committee.  Optimizing Site Potential.
  • Suermann P.C. Leveraging GIS Tools in Defense and Response at the U.S. Air Force Academy. ASCE Conf. Proc. 179, 82 (2005) DOI: 10. 1061/40794(179)82.
  • GIS - Based Engineering Management Service Functions: Taking GIS Beyond Mapping for Municipal Governments.