Mayor Berry Announces Launch of Electronic Plan Review
April 30, 2013
Albuquerque- Business owners and contractors now have a new, convenient way to get their plans approved. The process of getting plans reviewed and approved, in the past has been a somewhat tedious process, but the new software installed by the City’s Planning Department simplifies and expedites the process with current technology. Members of the construction industry used to be required to bring in rolls and rolls of paper plans, the new online process creates an electronic avenue for getting these plans reviewed; saving manpower, energy, and money.
As a former Contractor who participated in the time-intensive process, Mayor Richard J. Berry, is pleased to now be able to offer members of the construction industry a time and money saving submittal process for construction plan review. The new system is called ePlan.
"As government we should be using tax dollars to help businesses succeed," said Mayor Berry. "This is a great example of local government cutting through the bureaucracy to create internal and external efficiencies."
ePlan is an electronic plan approval process that allows clients to submit construction plans online. ePlan also allows all City review staff and applicants to view plans simultaneously; creating a secure collaboration of plan mark-ups.
The ePlan process results in cost savings for the applicant by reducing printing and paper costs, while also decreasing the number of trips into downtown Albuquerque saving time and energy. Because ePlan is electronic, staff no longer needs to assemble numerous pages of plans by hand. ePlan serves as a more efficient communication tool while allowing for online corrections and revisions and creating a "green", paper-saving process.
ePlan software is driven by ProjectDox. The Planning Department is looking toward replacing their current permitting and inspection databases with an enterprise solution for all similar functions within the City.