Date of Award

Summer 1998

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering Science- (M.S.)

Department

Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Environmental Science

First Advisor

Joshua Greenfeld

Second Advisor

William Librizzi

Third Advisor

Gerard F. McKenna

Abstract

Typically, when developers, banks and other organizations have an interest in a piece of property they perform an extensive information search to determine if the site is worth purchasing. This search could consist of tax and title information, the location of utilities and major roadways in the area, information on population demographics and environmental contaminant data. An information search of this type could take days, weeks or even months to compile. With a geographic information system (GIS), this search could take a matter of minutes and is displayed in an easy to understand graphic or map form along with a report.

GIS technology is consequently changing the way economic development organizations, states and municipalities communicate with potential purchasers of properties. With GIS technology these organizations can select brownfields or other properties based on ownership, demographics and/or predetermined zoning criteria and market the properties based on the needs of the developer.

This thesis will propose development "blueprints" for Brownfield Pilots to consider when implementing a GIS. These blueprints or recommended strategies will be based on accepted GIS development phases, case studies that involved developing GISs for economic development and environmental applications and on responses to a questionnaire sent to Brownfield Pilots to determine their GIS development techniques and implementation status.

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