Tuesday, April 22, 2014

For Earth Day, project solutions that are paperless

geoAMPS joins the celebration of Earth Day on April 22 by offering paperless solutions for organizations and their ambitious projects.
geoAMPS, a technology company located in the Columbus, OH, area, features software within its suite of products that is specifically designed to meet the needs of organizations involved in renewable energy and environmental protection.
Today marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day. When it started in 1970, 20 million people across the United States – or one in 10 Americans – rallied for environmental protection.
For this year’s celebration, more than 1 billion people around the world are expected to rally and join the call for increased efforts to protect the planet.
“It is stating the obvious that environmental protection is essential,” Yogesh Khandelwal, President and Chief Executive Officer of geoAMPS, said. “That is why our company has invested heavily in products that improve efficiencies of organizations involved in projects that are environmentally friendly.”
The systematic shift to the use of renewable sources of energy by the world’s industrial nations is a development of historic proportions since the first Earth Day and in the early years of the new millennium. Governments worldwide are establishing ambitious national goals. There is substantial public and private investment, including research and development and job creation, being committed to this effort to power our economies and daily lives with clean, renewable sources of energy.
geoAMPS is advancing the development of renewable sources of energy, including wind, solar, geothermal and biomass. Its product called altAMPS is tailored specially to alternative energy projects. altAMPS provides end-to-end management of alternative energy projects during the development, construction and operation phases.
altAMPS delivers a complete paperless web-based project and asset-tracking system for alternative energy projects. The software centralizes information in a paperless system where project information is available collaboratively across an organization. Data within the system can also be used for automated calculations, such as ongoing royalty and lease payments.
geoAMPS also offers software solution aimed at simplifying land reclamation projects. ecoAMPS provides organizations working to restore abandoned mining operations and natural habitats with a single platform from which to conduct all project-related activities.
Regulations on land reclamation are understandably stringent. ecoAMPS helps organization produce and maintain accurate records on environmental studies, project financials and controls. The software tracks the progress of reclamation work done at each site.
ecoAMPS provides the ability to manage all aspects of land reclamation projects, including, but not limited to, project identification, scoping, environmental assessment, bidding and project tracking.
ecoAMPS allows organizations to easily identify compliance issues and implement appropriate controls.
As is the case with altAMPS, ecoAMPS and its nine other industry-specific software products, all geoAMPS software products are paperless.
As an organization, geoAMPS is committed to paperless processes and encourages its employees to think green.
With momentum increasing worldwide for development of renewable energy, now is the time to commit greater public and private resources to the effort. Public investment leads to innovation, which helps to drive down the cost of renewable sources of energy.
As we celebrate Earth Day this April 22, mankind can celebrate the advancements being made in the development of clean, renewable sources of energy. Those advancements to date represent significant progress in addressing climate change. They are what mankind can build upon to forge a promising future.
Dan Liggett is Communications and Public Relations Manager of geoAMPS, a technology company located in the Columbus, Ohio, area that specializes in software solutions to manage land rights and infrastructure assets. For more information, call 614-389-4871 or visit www.geoamps.com.

This article also appears in:
Renewable Energy World

Friday, April 18, 2014

geoAMPS sponsoring 60th IRWA Conference

geoAMPS is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the International Right of Way Association’s 60th annual International Education Conference. This year’s International Right of Way Association (IRWA) conference is scheduled for June 22- 25 in Hartford, Conn.

As part of its Platinum Sponsorship, geoAMPS plans to provide the mobile application for this year’s conference. This will mark the third consecutive year that geoAMPS has built a mobile app for use by conference attendees.

“geoAMPS is committed to advancing technology in the right of way industry,” Yogesh Khandelwal, President and Chief Executive Officer of geoAMPS, said. “The IRWA conference app helps demonstrate how mobile technology can be utilized to share information and simplify communication between users, a capability that offers tremendous efficiencies to right of way projects, and in this case, conference attendees.”

By utilizing the mobile app, conference attendees will gain easy access to the schedule of events, information on the many education sessions, exhibitors in the main conference hall, biographical information on guest speakers, and more.

geoAMPS intends to release the mobile app prior to this year’s conference.

IRWA traditionally schedules many educational sessions in the four-day event. These sessions address a wide variety of topics, such as asset management, environment, pipeline, relocation, ethics, surveying and engineering, transportation, utilities and valuation.


geoAMPS is a technology company located in the Columbus, OH, area that specializes in software solutions to manage land rights and infrastructure assets. Its suite of powerful, highly configurable software products include rowAMPS, a software solution that allows companies to manage right of way projects and land assets in a real-time, paperless environment that enables collaboration, efficiency and error reduction.


Dan Liggett is Communications and Public Relations Manager for geoAMPS. For more information, call 614-389-4871 or visit www.geoamps.com.

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Renewable Energy World

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

geoAMPS to discuss software solutions at AASHTO meeting

Tracking right of way; public assets, including transportation corridors and utilities; and outdoor advertising along the nation’s highway system poses significant challenges for state departments of transportation (DOT).
Faced with limited staff and budgets, departments have attempted to meet these challenges with paper records or outdated databases and spreadsheets. That is a recipe for errors and inefficiencies, resulting in unnecessary expense of limited tax dollars.
Fortunately there are technological solutions available to help DOTs address these daunting tasks. Representatives of geoAMPS, a technology company in the Columbus, OH, area, will be available to discuss those solutions with transportation officials at the meeting of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Subcommittee on Right of Way, Utilities and Outdoor Advertising scheduled April 27-May 1. The meeting will be at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.
This meeting is being held in conjunction with the National Alliance of Highway Beautification Agencies (NAHBA) Annual Conference on the Control of Outdoor Advertising.
Among the suite of software products offered by geoAMPS are those that can help transportation agencies track and acquire right of way, track infrastructure and control outdoor advertising (ODA).
dotAMPS is a single solution for end-to-end management of road and mass transportation projects. It provides effective tools to track right of way and ODA along roadways. It automates many of the processes involved in ODA control. Each of these products is Web-based software supported by a centralized database, allowing for projects to be completed in a real-time, paperless environment that enables collaboration, efficiency and error reduction.
With an optional detached platform for field agents, an optional mobile application for on-the-go users and optional GIS capability, dotAMPS delivers a complete integrated solution for mass transportation projects.
dotAMPS features built-in automation that can help streamline the ODA permit application process, creating an end-to-end solution to manage the process from submission of the application to the agency’s decision. In a number of states, the applicant must complete, fill out and mail the application. Absent the use of technology from the start, DOT staff is left to input information into a database for review, or process and file paper copies. This can be time-consuming, sometimes exceeding three hours of in-house personnel time for each application.
Efficiencies can be realized with a system that supports online submission and download of documentation. In a paperless environment, DOT staff can make an initial review of such information as square footage, height, estimated location and other specifications, such as lighting. Working from the state’s ODA regulations, the dotAMPS can bring attention to details in the application that may not comply. The software can greatly reduce time spent on non-conforming applications.
The benefits can also be realized by inspectors who do on-site reviews of proposed ODA areas. The process can be accomplished more efficiently with the use of mobile devices that access the centralized database. DOT staff can do on-site analysis and receive feedback in real time. This reduces time spent doing revisions. It can also reduce return trips if the inspector discovers the need for additional information once he arrives on-site. Pictures can be taken of the site location and uploaded into the case file, as well as notes about topography, land use, buildings, or distances from other ODA or the nearest intersection or interchange. Using location-based spatial analysis, the inspector can determine the exact location at which the sign should be placed to achieve compliance with requirements on proximity to existing billboards. The use of voice-to-text can greatly reduce the amount of time spent preparing notes.
Another issue for DOTs is recordkeeping of previous inquiries about ODA. Some states utilize a database, while some still rely on staff members’ memory. Not having a centralized system of previous applications and inquiries for the same location causes unnecessary work that can easily be avoided. Location-specific searches can be accomplished quickly with Web-based software, accessing records not only on decisions made on previous inquiries and applications, but also the proximity of existing ODA.
Most states process renewals of existing permits. Renewals are usually processed annually, all of them at a designated time of year or individually on the anniversary of when the permit was originally approved. In either case, the process can cause significant challenges.
Technology can streamline the renewal process. dotAMPS supports an automated, comprehensive and flexible payment process. Once all information is input into the file for any particular sign, DOT staff can code the software to generate the essential permit renewal information – such as sign owner, history, cost, billing address and renewal date – automatically. The invoice can go out by mail or, if the agency requires it or the sign owner prefers, online. The software can also track payments. DOT staff time related to a renewal is limited to updating the permit information in the database. Providing the agency has been notified, changes to the file require minimal work.
Manpower and resources also are concerns DOTs share in conducting regular, accurate ODA inventories. With mobile devices and other tools, inspectors can check the signage seen from the roadway against the Web-based system, learning instantaneously whether a sign was erected according to required specifications. Unauthorized or illegal signs are identified. Using these tools, an inspector can inventory ODA along many miles of applicable highways in an efficient manner. Information for illegal signs, such as pictures and location, can be shared electronically with agency officials for possible enforcement action, including removal.
rowAMPS helps organizations, including DOTs, manage right of way projects. rxrAMPS is designed to track railroad assets and manage new rail projects.
rowAMPS provides a centralized repository for managing all land rights and infrastructure asset information for one or multiple projects, including transportation projects. The rowAMPS solution allows organizations to manage right-of-way projects and land assets in a real-time, paperless environment that enables collaboration, efficiency and error reduction. rowAMPS provides detailed coverage of all right-of-way processes, such as route planning, budgeting, due diligence, negotiation with property owners, title, survey, acquisition, environmental, payments and legal.

rxrAMPS allows transportation agencies and rail companies to streamline the process of managing the construction and maintenance of new track and railroad facilities. Operated through a centralized web database, rxrAMPS provides a real-time, electronic tracking environment that enables collaboration, time savings and error reduction across projects.

geoAMPS representatives are looking forward to discussing the advantages of our software solutions with transportation officials at the AASHTO meeting in Salt Lake City. Meeting attendees are invited to visit geoAMPS’ booth to learn more about these opportunities.

Dan Liggett is Communications and Public Relations Manager for geoAMPS, a technology company located in the Columbus, Ohio, area that specializes in software solutions to manage land rights and infrastructure assets. For more information, call 614-389-4871 or visit www.geoamps.com.

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Renewable Energy World

Monday, April 7, 2014

geoAMPS: Automating right of way processes

Another presentation given by geoAMPS at an International Right of Way Association (IRWA) meeting was well received by chapter members.

geoAMPS gave a presentation on how software technology automates the complex processes involved in acquiring and tracking right of way. Guy Allen, Business Development Director, and Nate Mirolo, Product Lead, addressed IRWA Chapter 29, which serves Toronto and the Canadian province of Ontario.

Chapter 29 convened April 4 in the Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls for its Spring Educational Seminar.

“I want to express my sincere appreciation to Chapter 29 for welcoming Guy and Nate to their seminar,” Yogesh Khandelwal, President and Chief Executive Officer of geoAMPS, said. “It is gratifying that the large crowd at the seminar enjoyed our presentation on how technology is making it possible to complete even the most complex right of way projects quicker and more efficiently.”

Guy and Nate showed examples of how the geoAMPS application meets the needs for both Canadian and U.S. organizations, and works seamlessly for projects that cross the border.

geoAMPS’ highly configurable software products automate the collection of data and the generation of templates and reports, among other complex processes. By automating these processes, geoAMPS reduces errors and increases organizational and project efficiencies.

Guy discussed the web, GIS, mobile and detached platforms offered by geoAMPS. Nate walked through the audience, demonstrating the mobile application.

geoAMPS is a technology company in the Columbus, OH, area that is the leader in creating software solutions to manage land rights and infrastructure assets. The rapidly growing company is revolutionizing industries with software products, including land management software that standardize processes and create an average 35 percent cost savings in project and organizational efficiencies.

geoAMPS serves customers throughout the United States and in Canada.

geoAMPS has given presentations to several IRWA chapters in the United States in recent months. The presentation to Chapter 29 was the first given to a Canadian chapter. Each geoAMPS presentation has been well received by the IRWA members.

IRWA chapters interested in having geoAMPS present at a meeting are invited to call 614-389-4871 and ask for Guy Allen.

Dan Liggett is Communications and Public Relations Manager for geoAMPS, a technology company in the Columbus, OH, area that specializes in software solutions to manage land rights and infrastructure assets. For more information, call 614-389-4871 or visit www.geoamps.com.

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Renewable Energy World


Thursday, April 3, 2014

geoAMPS meeting IRWA members in Canada

geoAMPS is looking forward to the April 4 meeting of Chapter 29 of the International Right of Way Association. geoAMPS is scheduled to present at the chapter’s Spring Educational Seminar in Niagara Falls.

Guy Allen, Business Development Director, and Nathan Mirolo, Product Lead, will address chapter members at the event at the Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls.

Chapter 29 serves Toronto and the province of Ontario in Canada.

geoAMPS has presented to a number of IRWA chapters in recent months. Members of each of those chapters have remarked how much they enjoyed the presentation and felt beneficial information was provided.

“We are pleased that each of our presentations has been well received and look forward to meeting with the Toronto chapter and scheduling other presentations in the future,” Yogesh Khandelwal, President and Chief Executive Officer of geoAMPS, said.

“We greatly appreciate the opportunity to discuss how technology is making it possible to complete even the most complex right of way projects quicker and more efficiently,” Guy said.

The presentation for IRWA Chapter 29 will include how web-based software and a centralized database of organizational and project information offer benefits to completing right of way projects and managing assets. Those benefits include a single access point for all project information; the ability to immediately update the project file; the use of geographic information system (GIS) mapping; automatic audit controls and report generation; and the ability for right of way agents to use mobile devices to review and update project information when in the field. geoAMPS introduced mobile technology to the right of way industry.

geoAMPS is a technology company in the Columbus, OH, area that is the leader in creating software solutions to manage land rights and infrastructure assets. The rapidly growing company is revolutionizing industries with software products, including land management software that standardize processes and create an average 35 percent cost savings in project and organizational efficiencies.

geoAMPS serves customers throughout the United States and in Canada.

IRWA chapters interested in having geoAMPS present at a meeting are invited to call 614-389-4871 and ask for Guy Allen.

Dan Liggett is Communications and Public Relations Manager for geoAMPS. For more information, call 614-389-4871 or visit www.geoamps.com.

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Renewable Energy World


Monday, March 31, 2014

geoAMPS technology boosts wind industry

geoAMPS is contributing to the technological advancements that are helping the wind industry remain competitive in a highly competitive market for sources of energy. Improvements in technology, such as those created at geoAMPS, are helping to drive down the cost of producing electricity from wind.

These enhancements are making the development and operation of wind farms more efficient and, thus, more profitable.

A new article, submitted by geoAMPS and published in the April-May 2014 edition of The Alternative Energy eMagazine, discusses a number of these technological improvements. The article is titled “Technology increasing wind energy competitiveness.” It is written by Yogesh Khandelwal, President and Chief Executive Officer of geoAMPS, and Dan Liggett, Communications and Public Relations Manager.

geoAMPS is a technology company in the Columbus, OH, area that specializes in software solutions to manage land rights and infrastructure assets, including wind farms.

geoAMPS offers a suite of industry-specific software products. One of them is altAMPS, software specifically designed to meet the needs of industries engaged in renewable energy.

altAMPS offers efficiency in the maintenance and operations of existing alternative energy infrastructure. The software offers a comprehensive, paperless solution for end-to-end management of alternative energy projects.

altAMPS is filled with time-saving tools such as lease management, met tower management, royalty payment calculator, bulk update, auto reminders, payment tracker and scheduler, workflow and import-export capabilities. Its robust, configurable framework provides compressed sequence time and complies with each wind energy company’s unique project needs. With altAMPS, companies can realize process efficiency, error elimination and measured cost savings.

altAMPS can increase the speed and efficiency of siting wind farms and turbines; 
inspections and maintenance of turbines; and processing lease payments to property owners. Companies can integrate financial and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems through a central repository of information that is accessible through altAMPS.

Check out the article for more information on how improvements in technology, such as those provided by geoAMPS, are helping to make the wind industry more competitive. Contact geoAMPS at 614-389-4871 or visit our website, www.geoamps.com for more information and to see a demo of our software in action.


Dan Liggett is Communications and Public Relations Manager of geoAMPS, a technology company in the Columbus, OH, area that specializes in software solutions to manage land rights and infrastructure assets.

Friday, March 28, 2014

'Our employees are our assets'

geoAMPS’ award-winning employee health programs are featured in an article in Columbus Business First.

The article appears in a supplement to the March 28, 2014, edition of the newspaper. The supplement reports on the Healthiest Employers in Central Ohio awards.

geoAMPS finished first in the award program’s Small Business category (up to 99 employees). Columbus Business First made that announcement during an awards ceremony March 27 at the Makoy Center in Hilliard, OH.

The article titled “Treating employees like assets” was written by Robert Celaschi. He points out that oftentimes health and wellness are afterthoughts for startup companies. That has not been the case at geoAMPS. Yogesh Khandelwal, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Leena Madan, Chief Operating Officer, regard the health and wellness of each member of the geoAMPS team as a priority.

“Our employees are our assets. We do not treat them as resources,” Leena was quoted in the article. “And we will do anything to protect our assets.”

The company’s health program started with providing yoga balls for employees to sit on during meetings. That evolved into extensive health and wellness benefits through the company’s health insurance provider and additional in-house initiatives.

geoAMPS makes standing desks available to employees who prefer to stand at least part of the day at their desk. Yogesh and Leena also offered yoga classes and massages for team members. A certified yoga instructor leads classes at the geoAMPS office two evening per week. Massages by a licensed masseuse are offered to each employee on a regular basis.

The article discusses the dramatic growth geoAMPS has experienced since it was launched in 2011. Starting with two employees, geoAMPS employs 28 today and wants to add another 15. Earlier in 2014, the company moved to a new office in Powell that is more than twice the square footage of its previous location.

Health and wellness were even a consideration in the design of that new office.

“We were very focused on bringing a lot of light into the building,” Leena said. “All the internal walls have transoms so that light will penetrate deep inside.”

geoAMPS is exploring ways to build upon its award-winning employee health program. The company may try weight-loss campaigns or running events tied to charity.

“I know a lot of people don’t have a job they enjoy coming to every day, but we do,” Lindsey Barrett, Business Analyst at geoAMPS, said. “This is a place that really cares about the people who work here.”

Columbus Business First, a weekly business newspaper serving the Central Ohio region, organized the Healthiest Employers in Central Ohio program in partnership with Indianapolis-based Healthiest Employers. This is the second year for the awards program, but the first year Business First held an awards ceremony.

Columbus is the capital and largest city in Ohio. Approximately 100 companies submitted nominations to be named among the Healthiest Employers in Central Ohio. Healthiest Employers provided the methodology by which each nomination was scored. The scores determined the final outcome of the awards. Thirty-five companies were selected as finalists in the small, medium and large business categories. geoAMPS was one of 10 finalists in the Small Business category.

geoAMPS is the leader in providing software solutions to manage land rights and infrastructure assets. It is revolutionizing industries with 11 industry-specific software products that are highly configurable to meet each customer’s needs. geoAMPS software standardizes project and organizational processes, creating an average 35 percent savings through efficiencies.

Based in Powell, OH, geoAMPS serves clients throughout the United States and in Canada.


Dan Liggett is Communications and Public Relations Manager of geoAMPS, a technology company in the Columbus, OH, area that specializes in software solutions to manage land rights and infrastructure assets. For more information about geoAMPS, call 614-389-4871 or visit www.geoamps.com.