Using GIS in a Modeling Workflow

GIS itself is an incredibly valuable tool for spatial analysis and modeling, but there are a lot of models out there designed for highly specific purposes that are not yet and maybe never will be fully implemented in a GIS framework.  However, the spatial display, analysis, and data management capabilities of GIS can be used to greatly streamline the modeling workflow.  The diagram below shows an example of how GIS can act as the cornerstone of a highway noise modeling workflow. 

Integrating Highway Noise Models with GIS