Week 7 TESLA Update

Since our presentation to EY ventures, we have been working on preparing for our Final product. This week consisted of a lot of brainstorming and re-envisioning. We also presented our preliminary website to the Institute of the Environment and they were very pleased with our initial work.Their major requests are

  1. Include ArcGIS polygon layers
  2. Include building data (we are waiting for UC Davis to send us this data)
  3. Possibly include an energy buffer that sums use within a certain distance

Our midterm project focused on the “bells and whistles” to show off our coding ability. Now, we need to trim some of the features in order to focus on the main point: our data. The purpose of our project is to create an interactive map that displays electricity usage in Los Angeles. Therefore, some of our features might not be suited for this goal and they might actually distract the user. For example, the LEED buildings might not be an important layer to have (especially if there is no argument we can make regarding their importance).

We plan on meeting with Yoh and/or Ryan this week to discuss the ArcGIS tiling of our data. Since we have 6 years of data, we need to decide how we want to symbolize it. Our research affiliates at UC Davis are deciding the “category” breakdown for energy use. Once we know this we can create the final GIS shapefile and upload it to the server. We think it is best to tile it at two levels- one zoomed in to provide a detailed focus and one zoomed out to give an overall picture of electricity consumption in LA.

We will also receive the parcel data and building use data. Once we have this information we will be able do summary statistics to tell a more complete picture of electricity usage.

One of our biggest challenges will be to decide how we want the GIS layers to interact with everything else. Since these layers are static we are not sure how functionality of searches or toggles will work. We’re thinking that we might keep the Google Fusion Table layer as small dots in the centroid of each polygon shape so that there is a clickable function to show graphs and summations. Hopefully, discussing our options with EY will help provide some clarity and will spur more innovation.

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