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Renewable energy sources get boost from technology


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The 2014 numbers are in and it’s great news for alternative energy. All the primary sources of clean, renewable energy are being developed and consumed globally at greater levels.

As the respected Worldwatch Institute cites in its 2015 global status report, released in June 2015, renewable energy continued to grow during 2014 against the backdrop of increasing global energy consumption, particularly in developing countries, and a dramatic decline on oil prices.

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Combatting low oil prices through technology

This article also appears on the Oilfield Technology website.

The dramatic drop in oil prices created great uncertainty in the world market. The outcome was grim. The price for oil was cut in half. Tens of thousands of workers were laid off. There were company closures and mergers. Scheduled projects were canceled or shelved indefinitely.

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How to protect your organization against hacking

In June 2015, a federal investigation began into a data breach that may have compromised the personal information of some 4 million current and past federal employees. Premier Blue Cross reported that in January 2015 hackers stole 11 million records, including credit card numbers, Social Security numbers and email addresses. Home Depot said in 2014 that 56 million credit card numbers and 53 million email addresses of customers had been stolen. There have been other recent victims of cybercrime: Anthem, Sony, JPMorgan, EBay and Target.

Incidents of hacking have dominated the news of late. Whether the suspects are individuals or foreign governments, the criminals are creating uncertainties and nervousness within the global community that is becoming increasingly dependent upon the Internet for storing information, commerce and communication.

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How to Implement a Land Management System

Increasing responsiveness and maximizing resources are important factors in how transportation agencies improve their business in today’s data-driven, performance-based environment. The ability to deliver projects on time and within budget is one measure of a transportation agency’s performance. The effective delivery of real property by the right-of-way office is fundamental to achieving this agency objective. A well designed and implemented information management system can substantially improve this capability. Adding geospatial capabilities (GIS) to the system to replace reliance on hardcopy maps and tabular information and to give additional management and analysis functions can significantly increase its usefulness.

Understanding the critical factors necessary to successfully implement an information management system can ensure the best value for the necessary outlay in resources and can substantially improve the realization of the system’s full potential. Obtaining strategic buy-in from agency executive-level decision makers to pursue implementation will provide the necessary foundation for system.

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The Risks of Not Implementing a Property Management System

A primary purpose of [a property] information management system is to facilitate standard business operations and support information and decision making by providing easy access to both internal and external information relevant to meeting the goals and operational needs of the transportation agency and the real estate office.

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12 Benefits of Improving Right of Way Project Management

A well designed and implemented information management system can substantially improve management of resources – personnel, money, information, and time – which is critically important to successfully meeting state performance goals and budgets.

Adding geospatial capabilities (GIS) to the system to replace hardcopy maps and tabular information and to give additional management and analysis functions can significantly increase its usefulness.

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Contain the Cost of Your Acquisition Project

Government needs its tax dollars in order to operate and provide services to residents. To accomplish this task, the government places a tax lien on your property for nonpayment. Then after a certain period of time foreclose on that lien and hold an auction to recoup its funds. Foreclosure is a judicial proceeding where the- lien holder, or claimant, files a court action to enforce his rights to receive payment for his lien and force a sale of some asset in question. All governments have a mechanism to accomplish the end result of payment of taxes. It may be called by different names and have varying procedures from locality to locality. In Florida, the section in the statutes that controls tax deeds and certificates is Chapter 197 of the Florida statutes.

In the hierarchy of quality of deeds an owner can receive, tax deeds are some of the poorest or lowest quality. A general warranty or special warranty deed is the typical deed used for transferring title, where a quit claim deed is used as a curative deed. But instead of having a willing buyer and seller in a typical real estate transaction, tax deeds are adversarial. Tax deeds transfer the title of a parcel of land for nonpayment of real estate taxes to new owners from the legal title owners.

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5 Ways Not Standardizing Processes is Wasting Tax Money

For many government agencies, standardizing processes can sound like a daunting task and a big commitment. It requires executives, managers and all other workers to re-evaluate their current processes, document the best methods known up to that time and oftentimes completely change how they work. But standardizing work saves time—and taxpayers' money—in the long-term.

Government agencies like the Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency have adopted Lean Six Sigma principles to work more effectively and efficiently. Many city and state governments have also embraced Lean Six Sigma.

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Complete List - All 50 States DOT Regulations & Permits

Each state has its own requirements for a permit. It is important that you fill out the proper paperwork before starting your project. Unfortunately, many state DOT websites are behind the times which makes it difficult to find these documents.

Below, we've compiled a list of DOT permits for all 50 states. If you or your organization submits or processes large amounts of permit applications you may want to consider government permitting software that can help you manage your project workflow.

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10 Facts About Right of Way Software to Impress Your Boss

Last week a colleague here at geoAMPS wrote that, “right of way software is a game changer.” In the tough world of acquiring and managing land rights and infrastructure, he is absolutely right. For proof, just look at the competition, especially those who have embraced technology and all that it can do for their organization. 

If you’re working with paper and pencil and have not yet implemented a technology solution in your right of way toolkit, then I would like to offer the following points for your consideration. You may even be able to take this list back to your boss and convince him that technology in today’s rough-‘n’-tumble acquisition game is what you need to give your organization the edge.

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