Common Technologies Used By Urban Planners


As an urban planner, you have to take a barren land and create a locality out of it. 

Sounds like quite a job, doesn’t it? 

Well, we agree. And, that’s precisely why we would suggest you use an urban planning software program. 


Well, to begin with, it will help you provide a proper structure to your planning system. Therefore, you can work in accordance with it and complete the project within the deadline. 

Secondly, you can improve your overall efficiency by automating almost everything through the software. Hence, there is no need to worry about making any costly mistakes, as long as you put in the correct details. 

Finally, the working procedure of these planners tends to be pretty straightforward as well. Hence, even if you are new, you can utilize its core features pretty comfortably. 

Nonetheless, using only one technology, especially as an urban planner, will not be enough for you. Aside from these, you have to use some other applications too. 

Here’s what you need to know about them!

Technologies Used In the Urban Planning Procedure 

Aside from a software program like Digital Blue Foam, urban planners tend to use various technologies to boost their overall efficiency. Here is what you need to know about them – 

  1. Cloud Technology 

With this technology, an urban planner can curate a varied database to receive and store details of several areas at once. Moreover, it could also prove to be beneficial for you if you are working on large infrastructure projects.

However, using cloud computing comes with its own security-related disadvantages. Thus, if you do not want to lose all of your data, we’d ask you to integrate a cybersecurity module into it. 

  1. Virtual Reality 

Virtual reality, or VR, is generally used to simulate an urban environment in 3D. By using it, you can check your design more carefully and find out the related problems regarding the same. 

Additionally, a VR model can also help you understand how the environment of a locality can affect the buildings. So, you can evaluate the data more proficiently; it will be easier for you to design everything efficiently and avoid potential disasters. 

  1. Planning Apps 

As mentioned before, these apps are ideal for an urban planner for several reasons. However, we have already discussed their generalized advantages. Thus, let us tell you a little about a few of such apps and their features.

For Instance, the Digital Blue Foam tool is ideal for early planning and maintaining the fundamentals of a building design. Conversely, Metro Pulse is more efficient in creating a flexible layout to adapt to the needs of the potential residents. 

Finally, National Equity Atlas is more inclined towards the analytics of a project and aids in completing the calculations effectively.

  1. Internet Of Things (IoT)

Several fundamental IoT tools are already being used in urban planning. And, for good reasons as well. Here are a few ways how IoT has radically transformed the cosmos of construction and building design – 

  • BIM (Business Information Modeling) helps create a 3D model of a construction or a building. Additionally, you can make different plans and update them simultaneously to check what works the best for you. Additionally, BIM helps you gather a decent amount of data regarding your projects. Hence, you can use the same model for various things, such as energy usage, patterns, people’s movements, etc.    
  • Delays in construction projects are pretty common, especially in urban areas. However, if you do not want the same to happen for your projects, make sure to use a construction management-based IoT tool. It can assist your workers in detecting abnormal patterns in the used technologies and take care of them before it affects anything. 


Like any other segment, technology has been pretty important in the urban design procedure. Hence, if you can use them correctly, it will be easier to solve almost any issue correctly. 

Additionally, using these applications mentioned above properly can also aid you in focusing on local residents and other people. It, in turn, may prompt you to create a safe locality without endangering anyone’s (pedestrians and inhabitants) health. 

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of and I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.