At Avolve Software, we often talk about the built environment and how our software (ProjectDox, Online Application Submission, PlansAnywhere) can benefit it through improved efficiency and communication. The Built Environment Lifecycle, which includes planning, development, design, regulatory review, construction, operation, maintenance, and decommissioning, is something that requires a constantly flow of information. The information must flow between government and commercial and private stakeholders to ensure that community living and working is safe as well as enjoyable and profitable for everyone.
It is important to first establish what the ‘Built Environment’ is in regards to what we are discussing. At Avolve Software, we define the Built Environment as follows, “The term “Built Environment” refers to the human-made surroundings that provide the setting for human activity, ranging in scale from buildings and parks or green space to neighborhoods and cities that can often include their supporting infrastructure, such as water supply, or energy networks. The built environment is a material, spatial and cultural product of human labor that combines physical elements and energy in forms for living, working and playing. It has been defined as ‘the human-made space in which people live, work, and recreate on a day-to-day basis.’”
The diverse team at Avolve Software has worked hard with a mission to provide software that makes the stream of Built Environment information able to flow freely and constantly, without hinderance, to those who need it. When we discuss the Built Environment and the need for information to flow freely and efficiently we are talking about eliminating data silos. Avolve Software’s robust software products build bridges to eliminate data silos. These information and business process management bridges allow built environment data to be effectively and efficiently moved through industries, agencies, departments, and the data silos in your organization.
Avolve Software’s suite of products access and utilize administrative, document archive and management, GIS and financial systems and by doing so provide visibility and enable collaboration on structured and unstructured content. Our software offers a total vision solution from permit application, submission, through electronic plan review approval to accessible record for field inspectors and emergency response. By improving the efficiency and transparency of information flow between all departments and stakeholders throughout the Built Environment Lifecycle, projects are able to be completed more quickly and the quality of living and safety for all in the community is improved.