Idaho, Atlanta adopt Web-based planning software

Two very different state and local governments ' Idaho and the city of Atlanta ' have deployed Avolve Software's ProjectDox application for electronically submitting plans and tracking building and public works initiatives.

Idaho will include the software in its Customer Access System, a statewide citizen services program. The software will enable citizens, architects and developers to review submissions through the Division of Building Safety's Web site, Avolve officials said.

Among other responsibilities, the division provides code-compliance review of construction and engineering plans. The Web-based ProjectDox program will speed plan approval and reduce paper use, printing costs, storage costs and gasoline consumption, Avolve said.

'We're proud to be the first in the nation to officially endorse and commence the implementation of an end-to-end electronic, automated plan submission and review system statewide,' said C. Kelly Pearce, administrator of the Division of Building Safety.

Officials plan to make services available to other Idaho agencies, such as the State Fire Marshal and the Bureau of Homeland Security.

Atlanta deployed ProjectDox for permits. The initiative went online in June, and plans are in the works to integrate it with the city's existing permit application system.

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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