How innovation in technology is helping transform the face of Australia

Elizabeth Quay WA

Written by John Biviano, Senior VP and GM at nearmap Australia.

Australia is in the midst of a massive facelift as it prepares for a population boom. Perth has added a new business district at Elizabeth Quay and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane continue to rapidly expand outwards, inwards and upwards. With Australia’s impending “population boom”, which will see our nation grow to approximately 39.7 million within the next four decades, it is unsurprising that the nation is transforming rapidly to meet future needs.

As rapid developments continue to take place at every corner of the country, strategic planning will be crucial to the long term success of these developments.

Urban development is a complex discipline. If not planned properly, it can have negative consequences for cities, citizens and entire communities. However, competing with this need for strategic planning is efficient execution. Innovations in technology are allowing planners and developers to address these needs.

Location content such as aerial imagery, which allows you to see what’s on the ground in great detail from your computer or mobile device, can significantly reduce the amount of time spent planning, increase the productivity of surveying teams reviewing sites, and enable project leads to keep a close eye on progress to ensure key milestones are met and delivered on time.

Think about the current transformation happening in Sydney’s CBD and how location content is being used to speed up the project. In the concept phase, planners use aerial imagery to see how the area currently looks. Understanding how the current streetscape will be impacted and identify what issues these new developments might cause - like traffic congestion or overshadowing is important in the planning phase. During the construction phase, you might use it to track progress of the development and monitor change over time. Then once the project is complete, you could use aerial imagery to illustrate how the area has changed and for ongoing facility and asset management.

Detailed location content can provide benefit throughout the process, from concept and early stage planning, right through to construction and ongoing asset management. Location content can be used to significantly reduce effort, cost and risk for all parties involved. State governments, local councils, engineering, construction and property developers leverage remote presence technology to ensure seamless planning and efficient execution.

Location content is changing how we go about urban development, revolutionising the way work is done, improving collaboration while also saving time and money by providing better insight. The uptake of these innovative technologies will be crucial to the sustainable, long-term success of urban development projects around the country.