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SEATTLE, WA – Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and professional services firm, will collaborate with Autodesk, a leader in 3D design and engineering software, to present a first of its kind Tech Zone at the American Planning Association’s (APA) National Planning Conference, scheduled to take place April 17-22 in Seattle. This technology exhibit will create a hands-on environment for conference attendees to explore innovative digital planning technologies and see how they are working on actual projects.


“Tech Zone will present a variety of emerging technologies, showcasing innovative digital planning tools that can be used across a wide variety of planning disciplines to communicate the overall scope, scale and vision of a project,” said Thomas Coleman, manager of mobile solution development at Parsons Brinckerhoff.

The technologies to be demonstrated in the Tech Zone pertain to digital city modeling, forecasting and analytics, augmented and virtual reality, mobile and social outreach, and geospatial and BIM planning. The exhibit will feature learning stations offering hands-on demonstrations, including a driving simulator as well as a SimSandbox—a virtual landscape to simulate erosion, flooding and sea level rise from climate change. A $1,000 prize will be offered for the best entry to a Planning App Challenge competition. A Hack-a-Thon for Sustainable Cities will offer software developers and designers an opportunity to
explore ideas with a large group of city and regional planners from across the country.

Parsons Brinckerhoff planning professionals will lead four technical sessions on emerging planning approaches and technologies as part of the larger conference.

  • Coleman and Ryan Cook, with Alicia Roualt of LocalData and David Emory, Co-Founder and Principal of Conveyal, will present “Civic Engagement in a Mobile World” on April 19 at 4 p.m.

  • Coleman, Kevin Gilson, and Autodesk’s Doug Eberhard, Senior Director, Infrastructure Project Development, will discuss “Digital Cities, Smart Cities – The Future of Planning,” on April 20 at 10 a.m.

  • Andrea Barbour will give a session on “Generational Insights for Local Planning” on April 21 at 9:30 a.m.

  • David Shelton will coordinate a session on “Collaborative Transit Evaluation in Seattle,” on April 21 at 11 a.m.

Visit Parsons Brinckerhoff’s booth #417 and the Tech Zone in room 4C-2, both in the Washington State Convention Center. In addition to the featured speakers, the Tech Zone will have open hours as well as scheduled discussions.

WSP and Parsons Brinckerhoff have combined strengths and formed one of the world's leading engineering and professional services consulting firms. This global organization provides services designed to transform the built environment and restore the natural one. The firm’s expertise ranges from environmental remediation and urban planning, to engineering iconic buildings and designing sustainable transport networks, to developing the energy sources of the future and enabling new ways of extracting essential resources. Approximately 32,000 employees, including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors, program and construction management professionals, as well as various
environmental experts, work for this dynamic organization in more than 500 offices across 39 countries worldwide. Learn more by visiting www.wspgroup.com; www.pbworld.com.

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