Integrating State of the Art Technology into a Small Planning Department

APA Arizona Chapter


Friday, November 6, 2015
9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. MST

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Take-Away: The technology session will demonstrate how





new technology can and has been integrated into planning


projects. As technology evolves and becomes increasingly


accessible, some organizations have found success in cost


effective technology integration. Using technology can make


a project come to life; it can also sell a project to stakeholders.


Technology can also provide increased customer service, data


management and reporting, efficiency, and cost savings.




Description: Integrating state of the art technology into





a small planning department. Many jurisdictions struggle


with integrating technology into their department because


of budget constraints and perceived barriers. This session


will show how a small planning agency, with a staff of 5


planners, managed to incorporate state of the art digital


technology, including the use of drones, go-pro, GIS and


smartphone apps, with a minimal budget and without hiring a


consultant. Demonstrations of their work will be given as well


as a discussion of some challenges and successes, including


a $31 million dollar roadway enhancement project which


was approved solely due to a 15 minute video. Tech based


planning products such as integrative trail maps and floodplain


analysis will be demonstrated as well. A demonstration on


how quick and effectively the technology can be adapted into


various planning projects will also take place.




Presenter: Todd Fortune and Jeanette De Renne, AICP



Jeanette De Renne, AICP

Jeanette De Renne is a Principal Planner for the Pima County Department of Transportation and has been working in the planning field for 15 years. She has worked for both local government and as a consultant for state and federal projects, specializing in compatibility planning, federal facilities planning, land use ... Read More