Path Loss Model Using Geographic Information System (GIS)

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Author(s) Biebuma, J.J | Omijeh. B.O
Pages 269-275
Volume 3
Issue 3
Date March, 2013
Keywords Geographic Information Systems, Path Loss, Cost 231 Hata, Model


This paper presents Geographic Information System (GIS) as an invaluable tool in path loss modeling. It shows how GIS can reveal features through its visualization capabilities. A program was written in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) to automatically compute the path loss using Cost 231 Hata Model, and display it spatially on an administrative map and satellite imagery (Land Use/Land Cover) using ArcMap 9.0 Application. The results gotten were tested to be consistent with results of previous study done in Southern Nigeria and it shows how the excellent visualization and spatial handling capabilities of GIS gives it an extra advantage as a path loss modeling tool. Thus, the integration of GIS into existing path loss analysis applications is recommended for fast, accurate and exciting results brought about by the ability to visualize the terrain and other great features.

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