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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Contact: Curtis Lum, Public Information Officer, Department of Planning and Permitting, 768-8284.




The Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) was presented the 2013 Computronix Customer Innovation Award in the “Best Use of Technology” category for the implementation of the “ePlans” online permitting application.


Ken Schmidt, DPP’s GIS administrator, accepted the award at the International Computronix Client Conference September 18 in Edmonton, Canada.  Computronix was established in 1979 and is one of the leading providers of government and e-government regulatory software.


“We are honored to be selected for this award and to be recognized for the City’s commitment to improving service to the people of Honolulu through the use of technology,” said George Atta, DPP Director.


The DPP was recognized for using complementary software to expand Computronix’s POSSE permit-tracking system.  In July 2012, the DPP implemented the online application “ePlans,” which provides a seamless integration between POSSE and Avolve Software Corporation’s “ProjectDox” electronic plans review program.


The ePlans system eliminates the time-consuming practice of going to the permit counter to submit building plans because the applicants are now able to file the plans from their computer at their convenience.  The system also eliminates the need to provide multiple sets of plans, and reduces the cost of producing and storing the large rolls of paper.


“DPP’s ePlans system has further streamlined the planning process in Honolulu, simplifying the application and review process for applicants and planning staff alike, eliminating wasteful and expensive paper-based processes and requirements, and adding to the City and County’s significant online digital footprint,” said Jim den Otter, Computronix Chief Technology Officer.


For more information about ePlans, see