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Navigating infrastructure planning
August 30, 2023

Building for the future and navigating infrastructure planning – this is how we do it

Proper infrastructure planning creates a positive economic ripple effect in our society, which is why we at GIC prioritise this phase within every project. Putting robust systems in place regarding town planning, urban development, and infrastructure planning as a whole is the only path to successful infrastructure development. Our team at Gap Infrastructure Corporation approaches planning with a holistic vision in mind – that it’s not just about meeting current needs but increasing society’s well-being for decades to come. We understand the long-term effects of every action, so we stay true to our mission of changing lives through cutting-edge technologies and a commitment to eradicating past spatial imbalances. Our expert teams collaborate to create blueprints and set plans in motion that go beyond just structures because they represent the hopes of a better future and values held dear by the communities we serve.

Infrastructure planning and spatial justice

Infrastructure can refer to many things but most often represents physical structures and facilities utilised by societies or organisational systems. Infrastructure planning thus serves as the cornerstone of responsible development because it ensures that objectives are accurately identified and achieved. It is a strategic pursuit that involves assessing a community’s current requirements and predicting their future needs – and then orchestrating the project’s design, construction, and management that meets those goals.

When it comes to town planning in particular, we at GIC uphold the principle of spatial justice in a South African context. GIC holds official recognition as a certified planning consultant by the South African Council for Planners (SACPLAN). Our commitment to spatial justice ensures that the projects we implement within a location or community are physical structures that serve as pathways for positive transformation that uplift people irrespective of their socioeconomic background. For us, it is crucial that communities are sustainable for generations to come and can continue to grow and flourish with dignity.

Harnessing the power of superior systems during planning

Infrastructure planning has changed significantly over the past few years, given the new technologies that are now available. Ever dedicated to staying ahead of the technological curve, we at GIC use state-of-the-art systems, including 5D BIM (Five-Dimensional Building Information Modelling) software and Smart City digital twins, which gives us a bird’s-eye view of our projects during the planning phase. It also allows us to zoom into the details, ensuring meticulous strategising and mitigating costs and risks. While 5D BIM will enable us to transcend traditional 3D modelling with extra dimensions and simulations, digital twins give us true-to-life virtual replicas of our projects. This means improved infrastructure planning, analysis, monitoring, and decision-making.

Prioritising sustainability, resilience, and adaptability

Our infrastructure planning practices also take a closer look at sourcing sustainable materials, cutting costs, reducing energy consumption, and implementing sustainable projects. We keep things in line with current industry standards and set an example when it comes to resilient, adaptable infrastructure that evolves alongside changing communities.

If you want to partner with us and share our vision of a vibrant and connected society where no family is left behind, speak to us today.

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