Planning and Engagement modes
Podaris has two distinct interfaces, intended for different audiences:
Podaris:Plan -- for planners, engineers, and other experts. In Podaris:Plan you can rapidly yet accurately create new infrastructure scenarios and do basic cost/benefit.
Podaris:Engage -- for engaging non-expert stakeholders, who can leave georeferenced comments on the each scenario .
Both interfaces show the real-time state of the project, allowing dynamic feedback between experts and stakeholders. Only users with edit or admin permission can access the Plan interface; everyone else sees the Engage interface.
Layers and LayerTypes
Podaris provides powerful tools for parametric modelling of infrastructure systems. All drawing is done on a Layer, and every layer has a LayerType that defines its physical and operational characteristics. Different layerTypes will generate different curve radii, right-of-way footprints, velocities and accelerations, etc.
Currently-available layerTypes include:
- PRT (Personal Rapid Transit)
- Metro / heavy rail (in beta)
- Hyperloop (in beta)
- Cycle path (in beta)
To represent different phases or scenarios within the a project, layers can be hidden or made visible.
Views are ways of saving planning scenarios for easy recall and presentation. In addition to recording the visibility status of each layer, views record the location and display settings of the map, allowing you to greatly customise the presentation of each scenario.
Comments allow anyone (with the the right permissions) to leave in geographically contextual feedback on infrastructure scenarios and engage in interdisciplinary dialogue. Because the comments are scenario-specific, comments are attached to specific Views.
Project owners / administrators can add collaborators at any point in project development, working with them in real time, as though everyone is at the same table. Collaborators can communicate via built in text, audio, and video chat. (Certain collaboration features require a paid account).
It's important to know that work will never be lost -- particularly in a collaborative project where different editors can overwrite each others' work. Podaris gives you full control over the project's revision history, letting you roll back changes in specific areas, without affecting the rest of the project.