Geo Open Accessibility Tool (GOAT)
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We distribute GOAT in a SaaS-subscription model and prices are based on the area size, the chosen modules, and the number of users.
The tool can be learned in less than one day. To support in the on-boarding, tutorials and training videos are available on the website.
GOAT is distributed with already equipped data. The analyses in GOAT are based on a large number of spatial data, which are aggregated using innovative fusion and refinement methods.
Indicator set Method / Approach Software
- Data gathering
- Analysis, scenarios and measure selection
- Appraisal and assessment
- Evaluation and monitoring
- Dissemination and communication
- Small cities
- Medium-sized cities
- Large cities
- Metropolitan regions
GOAT is a digital planning tool that bundles various accessibility indicators for the design of sustainable mobility and urban development. It is populated with a variety of data and distributed as Software as a Service (SaaS) to municipalities, counties and planning offices, among others. GOAT supports planning processes to be more efficient, cheaper, and more enjoyable.
GOAT can be used to calculate various benchmarks in terms of a holistic view of urban planning and sustainable mobility (including walking, cycling and public transport). GOAT is a cloud-based solution that is operated via an interactive web map. It allows planners to easily analyze the current situation and quickly assess the impact of new concepts and projects, such as the construction of new infrastructure or facilities (e.g. kindergartens).
The pre-calculated benchmarks and easy-to-understand user interface allow for quick familiarization. GOAT makes accessibility analyses accessible to many users. This not only increases efficiency, but the fact-based analyses also provide support in decision-making and decision-making processes that were previously often subjective.
GOAT has been used for multiple analysis projects and is currently in use in municipalities in and out of Europe. Our references contain projects with Munich, Freiburg, Ghent, and Deerfield Beach. Analysis projects consisted of transport planning, mobility concepts, cycling concepts, urban development plans and provision of public services.
ulrike.jehle [at] plan4better.de