- All Tracks
- Planning Reform
- Biodiversity Net Gain
- Net Zero Carbon
- Community Engagement in Planning and Development
In the session, we consider the challenges that lie ahead for local authorities, engineering professionals, and the central government, when it comes to taking advantage of BIM data in the planning process. BIM coding and digital twins are an achievable vision, but to what detail and at what cost do they cease to make sense?
How far the industry can go, will likely depend on the industry and legislative
changes. Those changes will be driven by a strong emphasis on the cost and benefits of doing so.
At one end of the planning scale, BIM data is going to be difficult to justify, whilst for larger schemes, BIM makes a lot of sense. We challenge the assumptions and discuss a potential middle ground, bringing into play the application of intelligent automation.
Introducing new technology doesn’t have to be disruptive to deliver value. Small incremental changes to support existing processes can often produce tangible benefits, without all the typical drawn-out project management, commercial impacts, and IT headaches.
Cloud technology has completely changed how we configure and access software. It removes IT complexity and improves data flow both internally and externally.
Cloud also protects organisations from underwhelming software experiences with shorter-term, subscription-based contracting vehicles, which can be exited without penalties.
In our session we discuss how we can apply cloud technology to deliver incremental improvements to the stakeholder workflows in the planning process, reducing planning administration, and time to decision. We don’t have all the answers, but we do have lessons learned from other leading planning jurisdictions. We hope we can make the session collaborative and engaging, where we are able to consider how cloud-based government technology can help UK planning today.