|Using QGIS for urban planning in the municipality of Montecchio Maggiore, Vicenza, Italy|
Montecchio Maggiore is a small town in the middle west of Vicenza (about 24.000 population). And as many other italian municipality it manages the town planning; in particular the urban planning and what we call “recovery plan” aka PDR - Piani Di Recupero. This urbanistic tool is dedicated to the historical area in the center of the town and it requires a specific study: building state of conservation, intended use, particular historical notice via survey and restitution to produce planimetric and prospectus graphics. For this purpose it has used QGIS in addition to Postgresql/Postgis database, PHP code and Libreoffice suite, QCAD (LibreCAD).
Figure 1: "Workflow Schema"
A schema will clarify the workflow:
- Present state
Thus a photo was linked to every building facilitating the design and analisys in the gis project (using the “action” feature). The SQL tools (pgquery, postgis manager, dbmanager et al.) allowed to obtain very sophisticated query immediately viewable in the map canvas such as: volume calculation split by building intended use, standards area calculation in percentage of the total planning area and other minor queries. All useful items for the design and planning study otherwise not possible without a very strength tool like gis (and QGIS in particular).
Figure 2: QGIS project with building data viewing
The strength of QGIS is the very user friendly interface coupled with the several tools it offers. The connection with vary data formats (shape files, spatialite db, postgresql/postgis db,...) facilitates and increases the interoperability between different worlds. And thus the freedom offered by the free software (QGIS, PHP, Libreoffice, QCAD) stimulates and open new horizons.
And last but not least: we worked on different platform (Windows 7 64 bit, Windows xp 32 bit, Debian server and Debian client) but we never encountered insurmountable problems.