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September 12, 2011

Customer Spotlight: City of Barcelona

Barcelona is one of my favorite cities in the world. Catalonia’s wonderful people, cuisine, history and lifestyle have to be experienced. One of the most beautiful aspects of Barcelona is the architecture. Basílica de la Sagrada Família is arguably the city’s most famous landmark. Architect Antoni Gaudí started his work on this church in 1883, and construction of its intricate details continues today.

Thankfully, processing building permits at the City of Barcelona doesn’t take as long! Miquel Garcia, director of Urban Action Services at the City of Barcelona, recently talked to us about how Barcelona city architects, engineers, and municipal engineers rely on Adobe Acrobat software to review permit requests electronically and reduce processing time. The City of Barcelona created eObras, a fully digital system for managing and maintaining electronic records of building permits. By adopting Adobe Acrobat software as part of eObras, the pioneering city has virtually eliminated the use of paper and manual creation of permit requests.

With Adobe Acrobat, city staff can quickly add electronic notes on permit documents in PDF and verify measurements on technical drawings, bringing much greater efficiency and enhanced collaboration to the permitting process. Reviewed documents can be stored in PDF for reliable access now and in the future. The advantages of the more automated permit processes are clear to busy municipal staff, as well as to the businesses and citizens who benefit from clearer communications and faster reviews. To learn more about how the City of Barcelona is using Adobe Acrobat to transform building permit processes, click here.

And if you have not been to Barcelona yet, I highly recommend doing so. It will be well worth it.

Ali Hanyaloglu, senior marketing manager, Acrobat Solutions

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