Planetizen in the US recently published this article on the best mobile apps to use in planning work. I thought this was a great article to share. Note it builds on an earlier article they published with a long list of "the best planning apps" - link here. This latest article discusses both the lack … Continue reading Top Planning Apps for 2019
Memes are one of the universal languages of the internet - using popular cultural /image references to create a shared understanding of a concept, attitude or life experience. I use a Pinterest board to collect planning memes I come across. Check out the board here. While these memes have been made by planners in all sorts … Continue reading Planning Memes
In the old days, you had to know how to speak the language of computers in order to use one. The dedicated few learnt precise commands in order to get a computer to undertake a task. Jump forward a few decades, and we have moved much further along the continuum of human-computer communication. Computers can … Continue reading Tech Terms: Natural Language Processing
These tech terms all refer to technologies which provide immersion into a combined real and virtual environment, but what does each specific term actually mean? And are these technologies just for gaming and entertainment or will they be part of our work toolkit in the future? XR - Extended/Cross Realities XR is the umbrella term … Continue reading Tech Terms: AR, VR, MR, XR
BIM is not actually a new term, but it is a term which not all planners are familiar with, so it is worth covering as part of this series, especially as next we will look at the related term Digital Twin. BIM stands for Building Information Modelling. It is an information system to support the … Continue reading Tech Terms: BIM
A geofence is a virtual perimeter around a real world area. Geofence technology can be used to identify when someone or something enters or leaves the geofenced area. This then triggers some form of action. For example, Countdown supermarkets use geofence technology for their Click and Collect service. A geofence applies to the area within … Continue reading Tech Terms: Geofence
At the recent PIA Congress in Australia, a small group of delegates were surveyed to gauge how familiar urban planners are with technology related terms. I would like to replicate that survey in NZ at some point, but for now I was inspired to cover a few of these terms in the blog to raise awareness of … Continue reading Introducing PlanTech
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