Manager of Strategic Planning Services
School Infrastructure NSW
9:20 AM CASE STUDY: Award Winning School Planning Assistance (SPA) Tool: School Infrastructure NSW’s Development of Preliminary Infrastructure Plans for an Entire Network of 2200 Schools
School Infrastructure NSW [SINSW] has implemented an innovative data analysis tool with machine learning capabilities. The SPA tool equips 30 school asset planners to scenario plan future school infrastructure needs across each of their 2,200+ schools (and for 15 years of population growth), through the use of interactive maps, data visualizations and the consistent application of evaluation criteria. The tool has helped to shift SINSW from one-to-one school planning to one-to-many strategic planning, enabling their delivery of a long-term plan while considering more data than they ever have before.
- Selecting useful data sets for the development of planning and modelling tools, being empowered rather than overwhelmed by data.
- Providing consistency and transparency for planners, centralizing the planning process, and increasing time and process efficiency.
- Bringing consistent analysis to local context, the ongoing process of developing models that account for local factors.