Our little community was growing. The town owns a large section of undeveloped land. We decided to turn it into an industrial park to bring in jobs. Establishing the infrastructure was done through bonds and federal grants. We were offering tax-free time for new industries who would build on the land. My ability as a civil engineer was more in line with what I needed for the very small town, not helping to make decisions for an industrial park. I found Civilax online that has everything from a 3D Sketchup house to tutorials on the trends of modern civil engineering.
Information is power, especially when developing an area into an industrial park that will eventually help your town with jobs and a stable tax base for maintaining government services. People expect good roads and maintenance. They expect park areas to be landscaped and pristine. They expect public pavilions to be in good repair. They expect their sewer and water systems to be up to date and not have service interruptions. It takes tax money to support these things. Planning for the future is a big responsibility for civil engineers. If we get it wrong, generations can suffer.
I want to take as much of the gamble about planning out of the equation as possible. The gamble should be such a minimal part of the formula that it would be inconsequential even if it goes against you. The only way to do that is to see the potential pitfalls and adjust your planning to cover the possibility of them occurring. This is why our industrial park could quickly be adapted to a retail or mixed use area. We are building industry in the back leaving property closer to the main road unleased until anchor industries get established. All of our modeling using 3D models is helping us visualize the project better.