City of Lewisville, Texas Implements SIRE Technologies’ Electronic Plan Review System

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As of September 1, 2011, City of Lewisville, Texas has eliminated the need for paper in their plan review and approval process, with SIRE Technologies’ electronic plan review solution, ActiveReview.

“Simply put, SIRE was superior by application, which no other software we reviewed could match up to,” Joiner said.

SIRE Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of electronic document management, agenda automation, and electronic plan review software, has implemented its electronic plan submittal, review, and approval solution, ActiveReview at the City of Lewisville, Texas. The system went live September 1st, 2011.

ActiveReview will be used primarily by the Lewisville Department of Community Development. Divisions comprising this department are: Engineering, Fire Prevention, and Building. Users from Planning and Zoning, a division within the Department of Economic Development, will utilize ActiveReview as well. City officials have designated three Permit Technicians to administer projects throughout the process until approval.

ActiveReview is also available to Lewisville citizens through an online portal on their existing website. The system has been set up to allow for any homeowner projects to be submitted for city approval, to allow architects to submit plans, and to allow engineers to submit plats and site plans. Additionally, City of Lewisville’s Franchise Utilities staff will be able to review projects through ActiveReview that may affect their easements and can accurately locate their equipment through the system.

According to Cleve Joiner, Certified Building Official, the agency’s main purpose in implementing electronic plan review software was simply to lower its storage, use, and cost of paper, while saving on printing costs as well. As with several government organizations throughout the US, Lewisville is required by law to retain plans and permits, and several external customers were requesting that the city look into acquiring electronic plan review software. As a result of these things, the City Council-directed staff made a goal to work toward “paperless” operations and processes.

The City was awarded a grant for the purpose of acquiring the electronic plan review system, and larger viewing screens and additional equipment were purchased in order to facilitate the project. By implementing ActiveReview, officials are able to demonstrate a new revenue stream for the City while providing savings for the external customer as well. The elimination of paper, printing and fuel costs, saving time away from jobs, and the cost of courier services will result in significant benefits for all parties using the solution.

Joiner said that a few key factors in City of Lewisville choosing SIRE ActiveReview over the competition were the overlay and measurement tools, as well as ActiveReview’s compatibility with all file types including PDF, TIFF, CAD, etc.

“Simply put, SIRE was superior by application, which no other software we reviewed could match up to,” Joiner said.

About SIRE Technologies, Inc.:

SIRE Technologies, Inc. is a leading provider of document management, agenda automation, and electronic plan review solutions specifically designed for state and local government agencies. SIRE's comprehensive suite of solutions allows you to accelerate document recording, simplify business processes, and entirely automate your records and agenda management cycle. SIRE's time-tested results help create excellence in local governance by increasing productivity, decreasing workloads, and reducing overhead while improving access to information and service levels for the public.

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