Effective and efficient administration of cities relies on sound planning. This planning is result of legitimate and accurate data. Over time, Geographical Information System has emerged as a formalized computer-based information system capable of integrating data from various sources to provide the information necessary for effective decision-making in urban planning.
The Urban Unit use Geographic Information System (GIS) to visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data in order to ensure effective decision making. GIS at the Urban Unit has the capacity and technological resources to integrate, store, analyze, share, and display geographic information for informed decision making. We have developed various GIS applications especially the web-based enterprise level application of IRIS. It is a decision making support tool, through which we ensure the provision of updated and quality information to provincial and local governments. IRIS has developed GIS-enabled spatial database with urban profile, land use mapping, infrastructure, and service delivery profile for Punjab cities.