A collaborative technology platform that is bridging communication barriers between agencies, saving millions of dollars through minimising roadworks disruption - Smarter Planning Perth - has been awarded the prestigious regional Spatial Enablement Award at the 2018 Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards as part of Locate & GeoSmart Asia held in Adelaide this week.
One of the latest offerings from Esri Australia, the Smarter Planning Perth platform provides a visual representation of scheduled works from multiple agencies allowing them to come together to plan, schedule, and collaborate on project work, saving time and cutting costs.
ATCO Gas Australia, City of Perth, Main Roads Western Australia, Water Corporation and Western Power are among the initial partners in the program, with more councils, utilities and agencies expected to enable this sort of technology within their organisations across the country.
Esri Australia’s managing director, Brett Bundock said Smarter Planning Perth is an intuitive smart-city solution that is easy for organisations to implement and delivers benefits whole communities will see.
“This innovation will help put an end to public works duplication and dramatically minimise disruption,” Mr Bundock said.
“This sort of inventive spatial thinking is revolutionising business processes and radically improving communication and collaboration between organisations that previously may not have worked this closely together,” he said.
President of ATCO Gas Australia, Pat Donovan, said Smarter Planning Perth builds upon ATCO’s already collaborative approach to works around the Perth metropolitan area and would result in savings for customers.
He estimated a collaborative effort with Water Corporation to replace gas and water pipes at the same time on Rokeby Road in Subiaco slashed the cost of the gas project by thirty per cent.
"Our experiences have shown that there are significant benefits that flow to all parties," he said.
"Coordinating our schedules has enabled us to reduce the amount of time on site, and also remove and reduce redundant duplication of effort."
Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) chief executive officer Deanna Hutchinson said the award is a testament to Esri Australia’s commitment to lead innovation within the spatial industry and answer the needs of their customers.
“Esri Australia’s collaborative technology platform shines the spotlight on the real-world effects that spatial technology innovation can have on communities,” Ms Hutchinson said.
Hundreds of organisations from across Australia have already deployed the platform and with interest now flowing in from New Zealand, it’s fast expected to attract global attention.