PlanTech Week 18 is the second annual week looking at how digital transformation will disrupt and improve the planning system. Over the course of the week, we heard from more than 15 speakers across four events, with specialisms ranging from conservation science, local government and 3D Modelling.
As part of the series of events, we created a new exhibition showcasing some of the most exciting innovations and companies working in the area.
“Mapping the real estate projects of today. Inspiring the projects of tomorrow”
Built-ID’s engagement tools enfranchise the silent majority, transforming community buy-in for both public and private development schemes. The prototype exhibited illustrates a virtual map tour of the City of London. This Map Tool is powered by the consultants themselves, who showcase their work on Built-ID.
FLOW helps transport operators and local authorities plan and monitor smarter transport mobility solutions by simulating the impact of new or adjusted transit and on-demand transport services, infrastructure investment and road and parking management. FLOW can predict changes in ridership, on-time performance and emissions resulting from both incremental and strategic changes to the transport network. This helps public agencies proactively manage every aspect of transport provision.
(Social Infrastructure Demand Modelling)
SidM Systems is a suite of cloud-based digital spatial tools designed to assist in social infrastructure planning and provide a data-driven evidence base for needs assessments, infrastructure plans, local plans as well as planning of social infrastructure assets.
It has been designed and developed by Coplug (Design and Technology), a London based start-up founded by professionals working within London local authorities, with a dedicated team of data scientists and software developers specialising in spatial data analytics.
Participatr creates interactive online tools for town planners, architects, developers, local government, others to gather ideas, aspirations and feedback on built environment projects.
Participatr’s tools are designed to overcome the real-life barriers that ordinary people face when getting involved in the planning process.
Commonplace is an award-winning digital engagement and consultation platform for cities and places.
Commonplace helps cities, developers and infrastructure providers to maximise reach into communities. It does this by delivering broad participation communities that are traditionally harder to reach.
Some of Future Cities Catapult's own prototypes are also on display.
Planning Application Manager
Future Cities Catapult with London Boroughs of Camden, Hackney and Southwark
The Planning Application Manager (PAM) was created to show how the planning application service could be reformed to create a system that moves away from document management towards data management.Presently, planning application information is captured in unstructured ways making it difficult and time consuming for planning officers to analyse and use later. This prototype demonstrates how it could be easier for applicants to progress from an initial enquiry, to requesting advice from the local authority, to the submission of a formal application. PAM is a user-friendly, front end system that will serve as an assistant through the planning application process, guiding the applicant through the end-to-end development management process.
Future Cities Catapult with Birmingham City Council
In any city there are always cranes dotting the skyline constructing new buildings, hundreds of planning applications passing through the system setting the built form of the near future, and many masterplans setting out future visions for large districts. Yet few people know about the impact of any one construction project, planning application or masterplan, let alone the cumulative impact of them over a number of years.
FuturePlan allows users to explore the how many jobs are likely to be created by an individual development, part of the city or the whole city over different time periods. It also allows users to see different impacts that would interest different users such as the number and location of homes to be delivered or the number and location of new green spaces over different time periods.