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  • Irina Tikhomirova

Accelerate city permit processes by leveraging AI


City permitting processes involve the review, approval, and enforcement of development plans and applications. This process is handled by multiple agencies and departments and can be time-consuming and complex. It involves a number of steps, including submitting architectural and engineering plans to the city, obtaining building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical permits, and verifying compliance with the city's development guidelines. Once the application is approved, the applicant can begin construction or renovation of their project.


AI can not only help streamline and accelerate the permitting process by automating manual processes, it can also help processing data faster, and provide better insights into the application process. AI can also be used to improve the accuracy and efficiency of decision-making, which can help reduce the time it takes for the city to approve or reject applications. Let’s discuss how autonomous floor plan software, like OpalAi, can help to reduce time and optimize city permitting processes.


Enhance Collaboration


Digital floor plans are a great way to facilitate collaboration and communication between multiple users. With features like easy access and secure storage, users can rest assured that their data is secure and accessible whenever they need it. Additionally, the platform makes it easier for team members to quickly share and review plans with each other, eliminating the need for multiple versions of a document. This efficient process enables teams to collaborate on projects in real time and ensures that everyone is on the same page. Furthermore, with the help of autonomous floor plan software, users can easily access their plans from anywhere in the world. This allows them to quickly make changes and coordinate with their team even when they’re not in the office. Digital floor plans can be an invaluable tool for businesses looking to improve collaboration and communication among team members.


Inspection workflow optimization


With the help of digitized floor plans, users can save time and resources by streamlining the process and eliminating the need for manual documentation. Digital floor plans can provide users with a clear visualization of changes to a space over time. This helps ensure standardization and accuracy throughout the process, as well as offering an easy way to manage and track any changes. By optimizing workflow processes through digitization, users are able to reduce the risk of errors or misunderstandings. Floor plan digitization also offers a cost-effective alternative compared to manual processes and helps improve operational efficiency.


Improve building safety


AI-powered floor-making software can help to improve building safety, through facilitating data standardization in the US real estate industry. Stakeholders across the real estate sector have disparate needs for data precision and often-misaligned incentives for data accuracy. Developers, architects, contractors, brokers, lenders, energy professionals, and appraisers, all independently collect and store data of differing quality about an asset that exhibits little physical change over its lifecycle. While the advent of digital recordkeeping and online data sharing among real estate professionals has brought some progress, the industry’s data troubles remain. We believe society would benefit from a unified “digital twin” ecosystem built for all stakeholders and serving as a single source of truth for US real estate data.


Accelerated green building transformation


OpalAi works with companies performing energy efficiency renovations to make this process faster and cheaper with our AI. Our technology makes the first step – acquiring a floor plan - of energy efficiency renovations for buildings faster and cheaper, and therefore will help to significantly improve national building efficiency and accelerate green building transformation by reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from industrial, commercial, and public spaces in the U.S.


Bring more revenue to the municipalities


Accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) calculation is a critical factor in determining the property taxes owed by homeowners. By having precise and consistent calculations of GLA, it can help municipalities across the U.S. to generate more revenue through the accurate tax assessment. To help with the calculation, a floor plan can be produced to accurately calculate the GLA. Digital floor plans eliminate human error and can provide a precise measurement for each room including hallways, bathrooms, kitchens, closets, and other common areas. This information can help assessors determine how much living space is available in the home and what value should be placed on it for taxation purposes. With accurate calculations, the municipalities can benefit from more precise tax assessments and increased revenue. These calculations will ensure that all homeowners are paying their fair share of taxes to support their communities.


Thus, AI-powered software can significantly improve the accuracy and efficiency of decision-making, which can help reduce the time it takes for the city to approve or reject applications. OpalAi is the first company to provide digital floor plan creation services for spaces of any size, both residential and commercial. Try our software now for free!



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