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Assess digital plans faster.

Software purpose-built for planners and building officers. All the tools you need to assess, review and approve planning applications.

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The smarter way to assess and approve digital plans

Objective Trapeze is used by more than 300 local authorities in the UK, to transform from paper to digital.

Our purpose-built tools allow you to efficiently and accurately measure, calculate, compare, mark-up and stamp digital plans and drawings.

The result: Productivity boosts for planners. Faster decisions for applicants. Cost reductions and improved information governance for councils. And better outcomes for the community. Win, win, win, win.


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Powerful tools to perform and track complex measurements with ease, speed and pinpoint accuracy.

Complex measurements, made simple

Easily scale plans and measure areas, lengths, percentages, setbacks and more using digital measurement tools created specifically for planners and building officers. Keep track of your measurements in the floating Measurement Panel. Use the Snap-to-point tool to ensure your measurements are both quick and precise.

Verify compliance without looking away from your plans

Ensure development is compliant with relevant planning rules such as floor space ratio and landscaped area using the handy built-in calculator and percentage functions.

Perform specific assessments with ease using specialist tools

Supercharge your assessment using powerful purpose-built features such as the Light Table, Overlay, Cone of Vision and Recession Plane tools.

Annotate & Stamp

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Annotate & Stamp

Simplify and fast-track your plan review process with smartly designed mark-up tools and digital stamps.

Easily flag changes or areas needing attention with visual cues

Mark up your documents with customisable arrows, clouds, text boxes, sticky notes, images, stamps and more to highlight areas of concern, draw attention to amendments or specify required design changes.

Improve RFIs and referrals by communicating visually

Describing an issue or a required change in words can be time consuming and hard to perfect. Powerful annotation tools help you clearly and effectively convey meaning with applicants and referral agencies, while eliminating unnecessary back and forth communication. The result? Faster dispute resolution and better outcomes.

Fast-track your plan approval process with digital stamping

Create and save custom stamps that include your council logo, signatures, images, date, time and metadata from your eDRMS, such as reference numbers and assessor names. Apply them to the whole document (or only a section) with just a few mouse clicks. Avoid obstructing critical information on each page by automatically placing the stamp on clear space.


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Don’t scour over a document searching for changes. Document Compare automatically detects and reveals these for you.

Quickly compare, pixel by pixel, two versions of a document

Document Compare removes tedium and saves you time by automatically detecting changes and highlighting the amended content. Easily review pages side by side or overlaid for greater context.

Catch sneaky changes at a page level

We’ve all reviewed updated plans to find a balcony has ‘suddenly’ been extended or a building given a completely different footprint than what was discussed or shown in previous plans. Document Compare finds those changes and highlights them, so you’ll never miss a thing again.


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Seamless integration with your eDRMS means you can work better, smarter and with confidence, knowing information governance is covered.

Connect your systems for a seamless experience
Access, measure, mark up and save documents from your eDRMS directly within Objective Trapeze. Eliminate frustration and boost your productivity and efficiency by seamlessly integrating planning assessment into your existing workflows.

Extend information governance across your plans and drawings

Eliminate paper by ensuring documents born digital, stay digital. Work confidently and avoid version confusion, knowing your information governance is managed in the background.

Who we integrate with

Micro Focus® Content Manager (formerly TRIM), TechnologyOne® ECM (formerly DataWorks) and CiAnywhere, Objective ECM, SharePoint®, OpenText® eDOCS DM (formerly Hummingbird Enterprise), iManage® Work and CoSign® by DocuSign®.

You’re in good company, and we’re just around the corner

More than 500 local authorities in the UK, Australia and New Zealand rely on Objective Trapeze to assess plans faster.

Our teams are based in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Take advantage of experts who understand local government and planning, are in your timezone, and are dedicated to helping you get the most out of Objective Trapeze.

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Features council planning and building teams love

Transform the way you assess digital applications. Work smarter. Work faster.

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Navigate and zoom into sections of large maps or plans without losing clarity, and focus on the content that matters.

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Add, subtract and calculate percentages across multiple pages. Select multiple measurements for quick totals.

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Add annotations to plans easily and customise how they appear, making changes or requests easily visible.

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Safeguard sensitive data by irreversibly redacting information from your PDFs. Apply exemption codes for global Privacy, FOI Acts and more.

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Combine multiple files into one document using right-click in Windows Explorer or your Desktop.

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Compare documents side by side or overlaid to highlight any differences.

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Smart Stamp

Stamp hundreds of pages in seconds, using computer vision to find the available white space.

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Easily set up, customise and lock down stamps, annotation presets and other preferences. Preview your configuration and centrally roll it out to users in your organisation.

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Renfrewshire Council automated building processes with Objective Trapeze, resulting in faster decisions and unprecedented time savings

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