Emerging Technologies and Resource Management

Technology is changing our world faster than ever before. This course is designed to give the experienced planner an understanding of these emerging technologies, and to incorporate this awareness into practice. New technologies are leading to changes in the activities and resources we manage and offer new opportunities for protecting the natural environment and managing effects.

This course gives an understanding of how the world is changing in what is termed the fourth industrial revolution. Key technology trends such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, data, digital trade, drones and Internet of Things are explained. The course also delves into some of the deeper attitudes or principles behind these changes such as open data, transparency, security and privacy.

The participants will then look at some case studies of these technologies in practice in planning or related professions. Group exercises will allow the participants to reflect on how these new technologies will drive change in their own areas of planning practice.

The course will:

  • Introduce the so called Fourth Industrial Revolution and the key groups of technologies which are part of it
  • Discuss some of the underlying principles or attitudes underpinning these trends such as open data, transparency of governance and data security
  • Explore how these technological trends are changing all spheres of daily life and how this is creating new activities and resources along with new options for managing environmental effects and protecting natural environments

The purpose of this course is to give a solid grounding on the emerging technological trends and equip the participants with the skills to apply these to their work with the resources, activities, environments and effects. The course draws on practical examples of these technologies at use in planning and related professions.

By the end of the course attendees will:

  • Understand the principal groups of emerging technologies and their impact on how our world works
  • Understand the impact of these technologies on the environments and resources we work with
  • Be able to consider how these emerging technologies can improve management of effects
  • Maintain sound resource management practice in this changing world

Who should attend?

The course is targeted to experienced planners who are looking to better understand new technologies in the context of how these technologies affect the activities and resources we manage through the resource management process. The course does not cover use of digital technology or other tools in the planner’s practice.

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