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Friday, October 3, 2008
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
RI Department of Administration, Providence , RI

Participants learned how to better communicate planning alternatives to local stakeholders by attending a computer training on CanVis, a product developed by the USDA National Agroforestry Center . CanVis is a visual simulation tool for resource planning that can be used as a planning and design tool to present alternatives and solicit feedback, a method of documenting and analyzing visual impacts, a training aid to help employees visualize new concepts, a marketing aid for new programs and activities, a construction aid to contractors, and a post-construction evaluation tool to assess project compliance. Simulations encourage stakeholders to invest time in the planning process and offer feedback on alternatives. This participatory process greatly increases a sense of ownership in a plan, which leads to enhanced acceptance and adoption of the proposed action. Simulations can also help shorten the time it takes to plan because decisions can be made more quickly since planning options are easier to understand. Participants received free copies of the CanVis software to take with them.

 Partner: NOAA Coastal Services Center

To learn more about CanVis please visit http://www.csc.noaa.gov/canvis/ . This website provides several examples of CanVis applications, extensive resources such as PowerPoint presentations and step-by-step guidance documents to help you get started with visualizations, and allows you to download coastal objects (including docks, boats, and houses) for use in visualizations, and order a free copy of the software (which includes additional guidance and an instructional video).

For more information or to express interest in attending a CanVis workshop please contact Jennifer West, CTP Coordinator, at jennifer@nbnerr.org , or 401-222-4700, x 7413.




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