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I'm an electrical engineering student taking GIS introductory course as an elective.

i have learned the basics of Arcmap 10 like adding data, creating maps, editing shapefiles etc.

Now, i'm required to do a project using arcmap 10.

i decided to do something relating to my field: Finding the best site for a new powerplant in a small town.

i thought i knew how to use arcmap, but ever since i decided on this project, i can't seem to get a thing done.

i've been cracking my brain for the past three days. All i need is for someone to tell me where to begin.

what is the first thing i need to do and what other things do i need to have?

what should my input datasets be and how do i get them?

if i can gather these information, i'm sure i can put together my project in no time.

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closed as too broad by PolyGeo Oct 7 '15 at 8:40

There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

The term for what you are doing is a suitable site analysis and here are links to two approaches:

  1. Using vector data
  2. Using raster data (needs Spatial Analyst extension)
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