Land Use Site Selection Information Tool (LUSSIT)

For information on this project, please contact Rich Haut - rhaut@HARCresearch.org, Andra Wilcox - awilcox@HARCresearch.org, or Tom Williams twilliams@LEIDLLC.com.


The objective of this project was to build and host a GIS based analytical tool that will aggregate a large number of attributes and considerations that are spatially distributed in the region of interest. The resulting aggregation of information can be used to find optimal well sites and placement of pipelines, production facilities and lease roads and/or to determine impact of actions on land values and environmental quality.

Each topic of consideration is represented as a ‘spatial layer’ that can be then joined with other layers and aggregate values can be displayed on a map. Any number of layers or topics can be assembled and simple to complex relationships between layers can be implemented. Topics for layers include, lease boundaries, road systems, wildlife migration patterns, waterways, aquifer recharge areas, archeological assets, etc. The map layers can also be processed to include proximity values, such as distance from noise sources or distance from schools or hospitals.

The technology will be web-based and can be used as a planning tool as well as a monitoring tool. Real time or near real time data feeds can be integrated to provide an up to the minute showing of operational impact. Sensor utilization systems that measure and report real time air quality, water quality (disposal, reclamation),  habitat impact and wildlife migration impact can provide valuable perspectives for decision-making.

The effort was divided into two separate Phases. There were specific milestones at which time progress was reviewed and approval was given to proceed. Phase 1 defined the work to be performed during Phase 2 along with the milestones and approval criteria that would be used to enable work to continue. The Phase 1 Report included the following: