Environmental Planning is a dynamic and ever evolving field predicated on the successful integration of environmental and biophyisical information into the land-use planning process. Environmental planning is about well informed decision making, resulting from a systematic organizational approach which begins with a clear definition of the problem within a spatial, social and ecological context. It then preceedes with the identification of opportunities and constraints, the establishment of goals, biophysical inventory and analysis, community participation, development of site specific options, selection of the most appropriate solution, detailed design and implementation, and creation of a review and management structure. This approach is rarely linear but provides an effective framework for action.
Ekistics' multidisciplinary approach to land planning stresses the alliance of science, technology and design. Solutions are the product of a collaborative effort between ourselves, the client, the community and other professionals. We maintain the highest quality standards by keeping up to date on the latest developments in professional journals, teaming up with other professionals outside the scope of our ability, and understanding and applying the latest technologies.
Our staff are trained in computer modelling and simulation using physical process models, statistical predictive models, Geographical Information Systems, geostatistical analysis, cellular automata, and dynamic modelling. The modelling results are often calibrated to existing conditions to verify the model or better understand the sensitivity of its variables.