“We thank the Juraj Dalmatinac Society for recognizing us as a partner who is ready and able to create such an application that we believe will be useful to both citizens and other interested parties. The goal was to design a system that would solve real problems while improving existing processes. We also wanted to create a solid foundation for future expansions given the great potential for example in tourism. Span is happy to participate in such and similar projects because they are good examples of digital transformation in cities, ”Said Nikola Dujmović, President of the Management Board of Span. The aim of the project is to join each building of the old town of Šibenik with an appropriate information card with basic information and conservation guidelines in order to revive the historic city center and preserve cultural heritage. The Society for the Preservation of Šibenik Heritage “Juraj Dalmatinac”, the IT company Microsoft Croatia and Spain signed yesterday in Zagreb, an agreement on cooperation in the project of the information system of the cultural and historical ensemble of Šibenik “Geonculeus Si”. The technologies, knowledge and readiness we possess make us one of the leaders in digital transformation in Croatia, said Tatjana Skoko, Director of Microsoft Croatia, and added: “Šibenik is the first city in Croatia, and probably in the region, where such a project has been implemented. I believe that its value will be recognized by other cities and they will embark on similar projects of their own. We are especially glad that we have registered the Juraj Dalmatinac Company in this project through the Microsoft Philantropies program, which means that the company is in the process of approving the donation of the Azure solution by Microsoft. In this way, as a company, we want to encourage the Juraj Dalmatinac Company – but also all other non-profit organizations operating in Croatia – to use the best technology, while reducing the operating costs of projects, through which savings can realize additional activities within their projects, ”Concludes Skoko. Photo: Association of Citizens Society for the Preservation of Šibenik Heritage Juraj Dalmatinac RELATED NEWS: ŠIBENIK FIRST IN CROATIA GETS A BUILDING RECORDING SYSTEM Juraj Dalmatinac, the Sibenik Citizens’ Association for the Preservation of Sibenik Heritage, has been working intensively on the project for the last two years, and the first and most difficult step was carefully recording all buildings in the city center, and now the whole story continues – digitization. The information system of the cultural and historical ensemble of Šibenik is based on the Microsoft Azure cloud solution, which is in the process of approving a donation through the Microsoft Philantropies program, and the development, adaptation and implementation is carried out by Span. When the work on programming and creating the portal is completely completed, the Geonucleus.Si project will achieve numerous benefits. The need for the Geonucleus.Si project arose from long-standing city problems: too slow and inadequate renovations, and the consequent reduction of monumental properties of buildings, points out Nikola Grubić, president of the Society for the Preservation of Šibenik Heritage Juraj Dalmatinac, and adds: “Šibenik’s historic center is one of the most valuable and best preserved on the Adriatic. With the Geonucleus.Si project, we want to enable the historic core to live and for people to stay in it, and with the help of this project it will be easier to renovate their buildings under conservation conditions. I emphasize that the initiative for the information system comes from the local community, from our association that operates at the local level and wants to contribute to the protection of its cultural heritage. This is our contribution to the revitalization of the city center, which will enable citizens to get basic conservation information and guidelines before going to the conservation office, a kind of ‘identity card’ of the old core buildings. We coordinate all guidelines with the competent conservation department. ” About 330 facilities have been processed within the project so far. Ultimately, the system will be publicly available in the form of an internet portal, through which information will be offered transparently, quickly and accurately that will facilitate the maintenance of facilities or investment in the old city center. Having in mind the problems and defined goals of the project, the Society for the Preservation of Šibenik Heritage Juraj Dalmatinac decided to implement a solution based on Microsoft’s cloud computing system Azure, which will be adapted to the needs of the project and fully implemented by Span. Microsoft Azure was chosen as the ideal platform for project execution because of its productivity, adaptability, intelligent applications, and the trust placed in it by the business community. Each of the more than 2.000 buildings located in the protected city center of Šibenik will soon have its own public access. ‘ID card’with all important data, photographs, and guidelines for restoration. It is a unique project, not only in Croatia, but also in the world.
One might think that all is quiet in the south-west in the middle of winter, with few tourists around and few planning questions to be answered.This is far from the truth. Many planning issues have been raised recently in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. For example, Restormel Council is facing a fight over planning permission, which was issued for a retail park and then converted into permission for a factory outlet centre. There has been a long-running battle with the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. It appears that the DETR may have won the day and there will possibly be an inquiry.In Somerset, a proposal for an animal carcass incinerator has been thrown out by a planning inspector. The incinerator was considered an intrusion on the Countryside, despite the fact that there was an existing permission for a pet food factory on the site. The county is also on the shortlist to win a prize. The Piggeries housing scheme in Frome has been nominated for the Royal Town Planning Institute’s annual award for schemes of great merit.Village housing development proposals are always a controversial issue in the south-west. Recently, an inspector allowed a new housing development in Restormel. Since it was within the village envelope, provided affordable housing and was well designed, it was approved –even though the decision resulted in the housing allocation being exceeded.In Devon, an appeal by Lidl for a new discount food store in Tavistock was recently dismissed. The proposed scheme was for the redevelopment of a motor showroom and service garage to provide a 929 sq m (10,000 sq ft) store. The key issue was the adverse impact on Tavistock Town Centre, particularly the Co-op store, which had already been affected by a new Safeway store.As convenience shopping plays an important role in the town centre, it was considered that if the Co-op closed, it would have a strong impact. It was accepted that there were no other sites in or on the edge of the town centre. The inspector decided that the lack of accessibility, particularly for the rural catchment area – together with the potentially adverse effect on the town centre – was sufficient to dismiss the appeal.Tourism is important to the economy of the south-west and this industry has a number of recurring planning issues. For example, the use of farm buildings and cottages for holiday lets. Occasionally, a planning authority is reluctant to allow a change of use from agriculture to residential, and sometimes the loss of permanent residential to holiday lets and hotels is resisted.Access to many parts of the south-west is one of the main deterrents to new development. As a result, some of the food superstore chains have been reluctant to move further west until their distribution network is viable.
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Some residents in Delray Beach are reporting that they experienced flooding in their homes after the city removed the sandbags they purchased and placed around their homes to help protect them from the rising waters during king tide.On resident in particular, CJ Johnson, told our news partners at CBS12 that he purchased $6,000 worth of sandbags to protect his and his neighbors’ homes. Johnson says he placed the bags in the roadway by the Intracoastal which is across the street from their homes.City officials later came out and removed the bags from the roadway“My sandbags would’ve stopped all of this and they took them away,” Johnson said.While Johnson and other residents believe the city is responsible the for damage because they removed the bags, City of Delray Beach spokeswoman Gina Carter says the sandbags caused damage to the road and would have not protected their homes from flooding.“The sandbags that were placed on the roadway by one of the residents caused a good deal of damage to the road which now needs to be repaired. It is not sound, from an engineering perspective, to put so much weight the edge of a older road. In short, the sandbags could not stay and were not providing any substantive protection to those residents from their most common flooding issue, namely ground water,” said Carter.“Placing sandbags on a small section of roadway can not provide protection from flooding, especially if it is actually caused by ground water. In other to truly address their ground water flooding issue the homeowners would need to raise their homes,” said Carter.Eugenia DePonte, who has lived in the area for almost 30 years says he has noticed the flooding is getting worse, she continued.“It seems to be getting worse, particularly during a hurricane,”DePonte said.The city says they have plans to build a seawall to help prevent flooding, however, residents say they need a fix while that is in process.