As the name suggests, this application is all about populations. Written for a local government client, it is used to model both current and forecast residential and employment
populations. This information is then used for planning and development purposes to help make logical decisions for present and future needs. For the data to be accurate,
the modeller gathers information from a variety sources including spatial property, zoning, overlay constraints, building and flooding layers along with rating information such as bin numbers and land use.
This data is then formulated to produce present and future population figures that can be drilled down to a property level.
The modeller is uploaded with the latest source data every 3 months and has information going back to 2002 when the project started.
During this time, the modeller has seen the residential population within the council area go from 125,000 to 245,000.
Not that the application had anything to do with the growth but it did keep an eye on the progress and an insight to the future.
The population modeller started life as a traditional desktop application over 20 years ago but has recently had a major upgrade so it now operates as a web application.
The gathering of the data done quarterly is performed in the Safe FME product and then transferred to
a Microsoft SQL Server database. The application then uses this data to model populations
using criteria specified by the user.