Astana launches electronic architecture pilot project

ASTANA – The electronic (e-) architecture pilot project was recently presented in the capital, reported the Astana Invest (City Development Centre of Investments) press service. The system will be implemented in all major cities in the future.

Photo credit: Astana Invest Press Service.

“The main mission of the system is to create a tool for the automated process of providing online services in compliance with the requirements of regulatory legal and technical acts,” company representative Daulet Assylbayev told The Astana Times.

Photo credit: Astana Invest Press Service.

E-architecture allows individuals and organisations working in urban planning to submit a preliminary design and architectural planning task for approval online. They can present a full package of documents, monitor further procedures and receive a response to the application from the authorised bodies.

“We plan to launch additional modules including issuing decisions on reconstruction and outdoor advertising, providing materials for reconstruction, accounting for agreements on share participation in housing construction and other services,” he said.

Developers are currently negotiating with law enforcement agencies regarding publication safety for issuing a copy of the topographic plan and returning the updated copy.

The project aims to optimise service provision, reduce administrative barriers, support and expand the services for the population and businesses and raise awareness in urban planning, architecture and the construction industry. It also reduces the impact of citizens’ and businesses’ locations on the service provision process by ensuring more effective and less costly interaction with the State Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Land Use.

“We are glad to receive feedback from designers who have questions and propose suggestions for finalising our system. We place great emphasis on usability. While developing each module, we properly study the state standards and think over each interface, excluding ambiguity. Our advice and user manuals in the system are available. We are open to suggestions from our users, and we are constantly working to improve our product,” he said.

The department hosted the Oct. 15 presentation with the support of the Astana Invest new economy development sector project office. Design and construction companies had the opportunity to learn about the website and the prospects of the electronic service.

The developers noted the new system will contribute to the professional development and growth of companies’ competences and have a positive impact on the city’s construction sector and investment attractiveness in particular.

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