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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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The Cure for Bad Math in Spreadsheets

Research conducted by Raymond R. Panko, professor of IT management at the University of Hawaii, found that bad math runs rampant in the world's spreadsheets. In fact, 88% of spreadsheets contain math errors, which in the right situations can radically corrupt the end data.

According to Microsoft, over 1 billion people have access to a spreadsheet tool like Excel. That’s great when you consider how powerful the software is in the right hands, providing a wealth of information and performing such calculations as family budgets, business expenses and other payments in a convenient package. Panko warns, however, that hiding in these spreadsheets, unbeknownst to the spreadsheet user, are critical errors of mathematics.

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Leveraging Technology to Advance Wind Power

Market realities, public policy and tax incentives have combined to give a substantial boost to the wind industry. By the end of 2012, new wind capacity in the United States exceeded 60 gigawatts, which the American Association of Wind Energy (AWEA) reports is to enough power the equivalent of 14.7 million homes, the number of homes in Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada and Ohio combined. The approximate 45,100 wind turbines in the U.S. provide electricity generation equivalent to 14 nuclear power plants or 52 coal plants.

Another contributing factor to this boom in the wind industry is new technological capabilities. Yogesh Khandelwal, President and Chief Executive Officer of geoAMPS, will discuss these new capabilities at the AWEA Windpower Conference and Exhibition scheduled May 5-8 in Chicago. He will discuss “Leveraging Technology to Advance Wind Power” during the educational poster presentation reception Tuesday, May 7, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

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Got Light Rail, Transit Access?

A recent report commissioned by the American Public Transportation Association and the National Association of Realtors found that homes with access to public transit weather downturns in the economy better that those without. With Americans preferring to live in more traditional neighborhood communities, a new generation of homebuyers is willing to spend more to gain access to employment, groceries, housing and shopping that is within walking distance. 

Around the United States, hundreds of light rail projects are planned or under way, and there are many more public works projects in various stages of development intended to improve basic service. This is due in part to the public’s desire to live in urban environments where amenities outside of the home and office are easily accessed without the need for an automobile. Today the public is trading large homes in rural areas for the close-knit communities our grandparents would recognize closer in urban areas. 
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Return on Investment for geoAMPS Land Management Software