Last Updated on August 3, 2023
This article briefly reviews our experience with increasing the speed of development and approvals with stakeholder engagement, schematic planning with optioneering and winning planning approvals.
We find an improvement of at least double the speed, and thus half the cost than other methods available on the market.
Often, usually, we achieve a 10x improvement in speed for the client – eg from 1 year to 1 month.
This result has been the case for all projects we have worked on for over 20 years of consulting.
Concept Planning and Option Development Stage
|Optioneering||Old Way||Our Way|
|Labour Days||55 days||18 days|
|Calendar/Business Days||25 Days||15 Days|
Optioneering is faster with our Live Planning because realistic 3D planning estimates of complex alignments and scenarios in urban construction contexts are created live and collaboratively.
Invalid options are eliminated in minutes – saving time.
Traditional optioneering development in engineering organisations can often ‘rabbit warren’ down a hole that costs clients weeks of consulting to no end. With Urban CGI infrastructure planning, we eliminate many invalid and redundant options quickly, often in hours in live workshops. Then we zoom in on the valid options to commence development.
Our concept planning and option development tools get clients to the result quickly with engineering validated options development modelling and parametric algorithms. Any particular or niche design option validation is gathered as an input by design technicians and specialists and imported back to the planning model for rapid iterations in 3D live construction and schematic plans.
Planning Approval Development Stage
|Approval Stage||Old Way||Our Way|
Approvals are quicker with our CGI Live Planner because the approvers and clients get to experience a live, interactive 3D planner and view of scenarios and options in context that is measurable, validated and experiential. Thus it is easier to understand for all stakeholders who can make decisions faster, often instantly.
Stakeholder Engagement in Planning Approvals for Project Management
|Stakeholder Engagement Stage||Old Way||Our Way|
|Decision delays||Weeks / Months||None|
|Meets required per issue/stakeholder||5-20||1-2|
|Labour days (3 ppl/meet)||15-60||3-6|
|Labour days to manage 10 stakeholder groups||150-600||30-60|
Stakeholder engagement discussions have proven quicker over the 20 years of our consulting work because all stakeholders immediately understand the scenario from all angles and in an experiential format.
Every stakeholder intuitively understands a live, interactive 3D plan and view of the proposal or 3D animations and image planning model extracts. Being easier to understand for all stakeholders – they can make decisions faster and need only one conversation.
Across a 10-stakeholder project – it is typical for the client to move from 200 meetings to under 10 meetings. Thus your staff can get on with their work and you save money.
Ben is a Civil Planner and has been in the planning industry for over 25 years. He’s passionate about bringing together modern technologies and agile methodologies to make urban planning smarter. Holding a PhD in Design-based Planning Systems, Ben’s thesis explored form-based urban design and planning. In it he compared post-war reconstructive city building to places like Oxford Circus, London, and developed and confirmed a method for city planning based on space over use. Connect with Ben at LinkedIn.