Thank you for opening up this discussion.
One of the main differences between GeoPlanner for ArcGIS and ArcGIS Urban is that GeoPlanner was originally created to support 2D scenario authoring at regional
scale across many industries. As such, GeoPlanner for ArcGIS is a rather generic tool whereas ArcGIS Urban is specifically tailored to support urban planning workflows.
ArcGIS Urban allows for example to visualize proposed urban developments in the 3D context of the existing built environment and to analyze the impact of planning measures, to name just a few of its capabilities.
If you are interested in learning more about ArcGIS Urban, consider joining one of our live training seminars taking place today: https://www.esri.com/training/catalog/5cf6d5c82845f65b2cca2ef3/get-started-with-arcgis-urban/
Thanks Dominik, That helps to clarify some of the differences.
What I'm most interested at the moment is creating a tool to do Ecosystem Services Assessments of project sites. We have a list of Landscape metrics that we track such as vegetation cover, tree canopy, farmland, wetlands etc (these are in GIS layers). As we develop land we want project teams to: 1.Delineate a site boundary and get a report of what natural assets are on that site (clip and extract from our GIS layers) 2. Draw in the planned development (building/parking lot/whatever) and see how much impact they have on those numbers (not sure if they could upload a CAD or shapefile). 3. Adjust the planned development scope to see changes to the landscape metrics with the goal of lessening the impact and pushing for new design efforts to increase ecosystem services at sites (green roofs, taking up less area of a site with maybe a higher building, using other green infrastructure tactics).
It sounds like this may be better suited for GeoPlanner or a stand alone web application. Do you have any thoughts?
Thanks again and happy to chat privately if necessary,
Considering the challenges you are planning to tackle, it sounds to me that GeoPlanner or even a customized (web) GIS application would rather meet your needs.
We are aware of the needs of city planners to incorporate greenery related considerations into the planning workflow. However, right now we are not covering this topic specifically in ArcGIS Urban.
To get a nice overall impression of which workflows ArcGIS Urban is covering right now, I can highly recommend to watch this Training Seminar: https://www.esri.com/training/catalog/5cf6d5c82845f65b2cca2ef3/get-started-with-arcgis-urban/