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1. (WO2006015162) COMPUTER-IMPLEMENTED LAND PLANNING SYSTEM AND METHOD DESIGNED TO GENERATE AT LEAST ONE CONCEPTUAL FIT SOLUTION TO A USER-DEFINED LAND DEVELOPMENT PROBLEM
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We Claim:
1. A computer-implemented land planning system designed to generate at least one conceptual fit solution to a user-defined land development problem, said system comprising:
means for electronically creating at least one candidate solution to the land development problem, said candidate solution comprising a plurality of engineering measurements applicable in development of an undeveloped land site;
means for quantitatively evaluating said candidate solution based on its fitness; means employing a heuristic problem-solving strategy for manipulating the engineering measurements of said candidate solution to achieve a more quantitatively fit solution to the land development problem; and
means for outputting to a user documentation illustrating said fit solution to the land development problem.

2. A computer-implemented land planning system according to claim 1 , and comprising means for digitally representing the undeveloped land site in three- dimensional space.

3. A computer-implemented land planning system according to claim 2, and comprising means for conceptually locating said engineering measurements within said three-dimensional space.

A computer-implemented land planning system according to claim 1 , wherein said engineering measurements are selected from a group consisting of storm water system, sanitary sewer collection system, and potable water system.

5. A computer-implemented land planning system according to claim 1 , wherein said documentation comprises a least one computer-generated drawing.

6. A computer-implemented land planning system according to claim 5, wherein said documentation further comprises an itemized cost listing of said engineering measurements.

7. A computer-implemented land planning system according to claim 1 , wherein said documentation is delivered to the user via a global communications network.

8. A computer-implemented land planning system designed to generate at least one conceptual fit solution to a user-defined land development problem, said system comprising:
means for accessing land development constraints for an undeveloped land site; means for electronically creating a population of candidate solutions to the land development problem, each candidate solution comprising a plurality of engineering measurements applicable in development of the undeveloped land site;
means for accessing a cost model comprising respective cost data for each of said engineering measurements;
means for discarding unfit solutions which violate said land development constraints; for each remaining solution, means for calculating a fitness score based on said cost data for said engineering measurements;
means employing a heuristic problem-solving strategy for manipulating said engineering measurements of respective select candidate solutions to achieve increased fitness scores, such that those candidate solutions achieving increased fitness scores comprise respective fit solutions;
means for selecting a set of optimally different alternative solutions from said plurality of fit solutions; and
means for outputting to a user documentation illustrating said optimally different alternative solutions to the land development problem.

9. A computer-implemented land planning system according to claim 8, and comprising means for accessing user preferences for the undeveloped land site

10. A computer-implemented land planning system according to claim 9, and comprising means for penalizing the fitness score of a candidate solution based on violation of a user preference.

11. A computer-implemented land planning system according to claim 8, and comprising means for digitally representing the undeveloped land site in three- dimensional space.

12. A computer-implemented land planning system according to claim 11 , and comprising means for conceptually locating said engineering measurements within said three-dimensional space.

13. A computer-implemented land planning system according to claim 8, wherein said engineering measurements are selected from a group consisting of storm water system, sanitary sewer collection system, and potable water system.

14. A computer-implemented land planning system according to claim 8, wherein said documentation comprises at least one computer-generated drawing.

15. A computer-implemented land planning system according to claim 14, wherein said documentation further comprises an itemized cost listing of said engineering measurements.

16. A computer-implemented land planning system according to claim 8, wherein said documentation is delivered to the user via a global communications network.

17. A computer-implemented land planning method designed to generate at least one conceptual fit solution to a user-defined land development problem, said method comprising the steps of:
electronically creating at least one candidate solution to the land development problem, the candidate solution comprising a plurality of engineering measurements applicable in development of an undeveloped land site;
quantitatively evaluating the candidate solution based on its fitness;
employing a heuristic problem-solving strategy for manipulating the engineering measurements of the candidate solution to achieve a more quantitatively fit solution to the land development problem; and
outputting to a user documentation illustrating the fit solution to the land development problem.

18. A computer-implemented land planning method according to claim 17, and comprising digitally representing the undeveloped land site in three-dimensional space.

19. A computer-implemented land planning method according to claim 18, and comprising conceptually locating the engineering measurements within the three- dimensional space.

20. A computer-implemented land planning method according to claim 17, and comprising delivering the documentation to the user via a global communications network.