ArcENgine Amp JavaSDK

Discussion created by tyfrazier on Nov 15, 2011
Latest reply on Nov 17, 2011 by dcordes-esristaff
Hello all,

I have had a look at CityEngine and am impressed -- it appears to live up to its billing from the ESRI UC in San Diego this past summer.  I am running it on my MacBook Pro and have found it to be a bit slow.  My first question is regarding hardware.  What kind of specs would you recommend if I were going to write funding for one or more dedicated workstations, which would be used for creating models of larger sized cities (3 million +).  I am not very interested in facade rendering or detailed design, but am more interested in mass modeling as it would be used in geosimulation from more of a quantitative analysis perspective (particularly with regard to land use agent activities/decisions).  I was thinking to set up on something like a Mac Pro.

My second question is regarding ArcEngine and the JavaSDK.  I've only had cursory exposure to both so far, but am very interested in integrating a package such as ArcEngine with statistical and demographic approaches to simulating and forecasting transportation decisions and land use activities.  A fellow GIS colleague advised me earlier this year that I would likely do better going the path of the Java ArcObject SDK when developing discrete choice or multinomial logit models which are explicitly integrated into the GIS since there have been performance issues with Python.

Would someone please comment on the use of Python in ArcEngine, and what performance limitations one could expect when trying to integrate an existing transportation simulation platform with CityEngine as well as extending it to fairly rigorous statistical methods for forecasting land use.

Thank you,
Dr. Tyler Frazier, AICP
Department of Transportation Planning and Telematics
TU Berlin