June 2020 Project Update
Bluebeam software transforms site plan review process!
The City’s Bluebeam pilot project was scaled up during the pandemic, resulting in more staff being trained to complete reviews using the software. Working remotely during the pandemic has resulted in a rapid transition to a digital working environment, which reduces time and costs and has eliminated the use of paper files.
Moving digital has created a time savings by eliminating the need to sort drawings, print memos, and circulate packages to commenting divisions in hardcopy format. Having the ability to review and comment directly on a digital submission saves time and effort by eliminating the old method of printing, redlining and scanning drawings. The quality of reviews has increased and review times are significantly reduced through the use of Bluebeam. It is estimated that the time it takes to complete a red-line review has been decreased by at least 50%. With the click of a button, all changes that have been made between drawing submissions are shown. This saves times and ensures that all new changes are identified quickly.
This project has ended. Thank you to everyone who took part in the consultation.
The City completed a multi-year review of its development services, implementing improvements developed in consultation with community organizations, developers, residents and businesses. Better information, new digital tools for developers and an improved public consultation process are already showing early signs of success. City staff played an important role in identifying solutions across 18 priority areas.
The review identified two immediate areas for improvement: the site plan process and public consultation. Improvements suggested by the review will continue to be implemented throughout 2021, and staff will be assessing the effectiveness of their improvements at regular intervals. The full report can be found here.