At the intersection of technology, environment and planning, the KTC Decision Support Systems (DSS) program employs Structured Public Involvement (SPI), GIS modeling and visualization and policy analysis techniques to address important public issues. Stemming from seven core competencies, the DSS program has conducted many projects that engage public decision making, cultural and environmental resource management, freight network modeling, public transit accessibility, multi-modal transportation financing, land use planning and workforce development.
The DSS Program has been an integral part of the KTC Inland Waterways Program and the Multimodal Transportation and Infrastructure Consortium (MTIC), a federally designated University Transportation Center. These projects include developing a state-of-the-art Integrated Freight Network Model (IFNM) to model freight movement along the Ohio River and an assessment of inland waterways workforce development and education opportunities.
Utilizing the SPI process and fuzzy set modeling, the research team produces GIS-based Expert Systems models to predict the locations of endangered species and archaeological resources.
SPI combines high-tech feedback and visualization tools with sophisticated mathematical data analysis to vastly improve the productivity and quality of public meetings. SPI has been developed through research and real-world project applications to produce public meeting protocols that deliver:
Fairness — Inclusiveness — Quality — Respect — Verification — Accountability — Relevance