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Virtual Environmental Planning system (VEPs) <<

Akronym VEPs
Funding Europäische Union + National States
Request for Proposal INTERREG IVB North-West Europe
Supporting Organisation Wirtschaftsfoerderung Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart (Lead Partner)
HFT project director Prof. Dr.-Ing. Volker Coors
Project Staff Dr. Jürgen Bogdahn
Project partners Envrionmental Agency (UK), University of West of England (UK), CSTB (F), University of Salford, The council of the City of Manchester, SPHEX LPP (UK), Universität Freiburg (D)
Duration 01.06.2003 - 30.04.2008
Project description HFT Stuttgart was a partner in the EU INTERREG IIIB project “Virtual Environment Planning Systems” (VEPS). The aim of the VEPS project was to improve the sharing of knowledge in the field of spatial planning and to advance the modernization of the planning process. The primary objective is to improve local planning processes in North-West Europe (NWE). That means the VEPS project directly addresses Objective 3 of Measure 2.2 of INTERREG IIIB: Improving the knowledge base on the potential of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for territorial development in North-West Europe. The aims of the project are: * Share technical competencies between NWE partners in the field of 3-dimensional visualisation, ICT applications to promote public consultation, environmental modelling, data collection and use for e-Planning in territorial development in NWE * Develop a common architecture and methodology drawing on transnational experience and the knowledge of planning regulations and sustainability metrics in NWE, to enable citizens to view and respond to planned changes via home PCs * Refine and implement a test-bed system in a number of demonstrations in the NWE region, thereby increasing transnational experience; and evaluate and iteratively refine the methodology and the system architecture and applicable open standards After the three-year project term, the following outcomes were achieved: * Elaborated planning strategies for the use of ICT in spatial planning for NWE * Improved knowledge base and access to necessary data and information for ICT systems in NWE for urban planners * Contribution to more efficient development of sustainable, transnational ICT systems * Facilitated transnational cooperation in the field of IC development * Intensified involvement of branch-specific and other administrations * Improved coordination between ICT-related problems and other political guidelines in the branch by using ICT in spatial planning In order to meet the objectives of the VEPS project, an application for involving citizens in the urban planning process of the Rosenstein district in Stuttgart was developed at HFT Stuttgart. The project was distinguished with the Al Gore-initiated Digital Earth 3D Visualization Grand Challenge Award 2007.