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Applications of GIS in Architecture

Updated: Jul 15, 2021

Architecture is one of the most common fields where GIS not only applies well but adds immense value to. TreisTek’s GIS services have many potential uses in architectural research and practice, especially in the areas of urban design, community planning, and the site selection process.

Our GIS services can also be used in conjunction with other visualization tools, such as AutoCAD, Google Earth, Adobe Illustrator, and Google Sketchup, to create dynamic and complex models. Information on an area's geology, soil type, infrastructure, and demographic information will be taken into consideration when planning a structure or selecting a site.

The GIS services provided by TreisTek are applied in various fields of architecture. Below are some of the applications –

Line of Sight

GIS helps architects to plan the line of sight perfectly so that the buildings do not obstruct important features in the horizon.

Exposure to Noise

GIS assists to design and position the urban high rise buildings in areas that have little or no interference to the environment.

Development Planning

GIS helps in making citizens happy through smart development in planning and understanding importance of urban development holistically.

Crowd Simulation

GIS helps to master the collective dynamics of interacting objects in urban phenomena at the scale of individual households, people, and units of real estate at time-scales approaching "real time".

Solar Exposure

GIS helps to harvest light to assess the suitability of installing solar (photo-voltaic) panels on roofs using 3D city models and geometric information such as the tilt, orientation and area of the roof.

City Engine

GIS helps to improve urban planning, architecture, and overall feasibility of any project that is to be implemented.

Pedestrian Behavior

GIS can help discern the possible movement of pedestrians and vehicles and help in creating artistic impressions of cities.

Shadow Analysis

GIS helps to diagnose the amount of shadow that will be casted in the pre-construction phase of a project.

Parking Availability

GIS can be used to orchestrate the number of parking spaces available and the amount of time that would be required to locate one.

Integration of GIS and BIM

Integrations of GIS and BIM takes place because of GIS can analyze information and integrate data from different systems.

Tangible Landscape

GIS is used to experiment the potential impact of different building configurations with an easy-to-use 3D sketching tool.


GIS is used to conceptualize building plans by focusing on stakeholder participation and collaborating closely to follow natural systems.

Propagation of Noise in Urban Environments

GIS is used to model 3D data to answer how urban citizens are harmed by noise pollution and suggests necessary measures to mitigate it with noise barriers.

It is a matter of great significance how architects respond to this changed context of data availability and increasing popularity of GIS based analyses and techniques.

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