Network Analysis Map

Network Analysis Map


The network is made up of a graphical representation of the relationships between variables. A Network analysis, within a GIS, can be performed to provide the capacity to estimate complex patterns of relationships and the network structure can be analyzed to reveal core features of the network; in addition to the use of data for decision-making, purposes to make facility location decisions. This project will take advantage of analyzing data found in existing maps to analyze existing networks using OLIVER. Facility location decisions will be determined. While we won’t delve heavily into this area, consider this type of analysis to be one that truly can support how the industry makes decisions on determining locations for new facilities.


  1. Using the OLIVER Interactive GIS tool add the following layers:


  • Active and Proposed Commuter Rail Lines– found within the Infrastructure/Trains/Commuter Rail folders
  • Ice Rinks – found within the Infrastructure/Ice Rinks folders


Figure 1 provides both maps while Figure 2 illustrates the legend for both maps. Note the rail line types (in pink) in addition to the publicly available ice rinks (orange-yellow in color).


Figure 1

Active and Proposed Commuter Lines Overlaid with Existing Ice Rinks





Figure 1 Active and Proposed Commuter Lines Overlaid with Existing Ice Rinks

















Figure 2 Map Legend



Based on this information, consider an opportunity to expand the commuter rail network beyond what is proposed. Analyze the map and data to determine a proposed rail network that provides access to public ice rinks across the state. Provide your recommendations and rationale for the proposed network. Your rationale could be based on the frequency of public ice rinks within an area, population growth (could be based on increases in population), etc.).


Within your report

  1. Describe and discuss the maps being used for this analysis.
  2. Describe the process used to determine new locations for commuter rail lines (your analysis).
  3. Add the existing map, but since you won’t be able to create a new map, your analysis and recommendation sections should be very detailed to describe your decision for new rail lines.