GIS-Integrated Infrastructure Index for the Izhevsk Development Strategy 2030

Timeframe: 2019–2020

Location: Izhevsk, Udmurt Republic, Russian Federation


• Spatial and economic analysis;
• Spatial development strategy;
• Design proposals for the first stages of development.


Client: Centre for Design, Energy Conservation, and the Urban Environment, Udmurt Republic


Partnership: DATUM Group

Novaya is working on a strategy to guide the city of Izhevsk’s development through the year 2030. The Izhevsk Development Strategy 2030 will provide a common vision for residents, administrators, and investors — specifying longterm objectives as well as concrete initiatives for the near future.

To yield an open and data-driven approach to urban development, Novaya created an index that helps evaluate the location, sufficiency, and convenience of infrastructure for city residents. Calculating the index required processing and digitising 30 layers of data on the city’s social, economic, and transportation infrastructure. We determined the boundaries of the Izhevsk metropolitan area based on data from mobile phone operators that show daily commutes to and from the city. 

Novaya divided the city into cells of 250 square meters and calculated the following quantities for each cell:

• excess demand for places in schools and daycare;
• healthcare institutions, businesses, athletic facilities, public spaces, and green areas within walking distance;
• places for leisure and cultural activities within a transit-accessible radius;
• public transportation accessibility. 

These statistics were then compiled into the index, which will eventually include utilities infrastructure as well. 

The infrastructure index is part of a GIS system that contains basic information about the city and its development strategy. This system is also integrated with the regional data infrastructure used for governing Izhevsk. 

Calculations are based on regularly updated data from the Izhevsk municipality and Udmurt Republic, and thus serve as a current basis for decisions on new construction and future development.

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