Whether it be a new pipeline, development of a wind farm, or a new road, the project does not happen unless right of way is acquired. Efficiency in obtaining right of way and tracking property information is critical to keeping such projects on schedule and within cost parameters.
Technology developed by geoAMPS is creating opportunities to make the process of acquiring and monitoring right of way go as smooth as possible. The company’s Web-based software provides right of way agents the most up-to-date information on individual parcels, through GIS mapping and a project dashboard with access to a central repository for managing all land rights information within the scope of the project. It’s a paperless system that project planners can utilize in the office or right of way agents can use in the field on mobile devices. It’s a system that saves time and money.
geoAMPS, a Columbus, Ohio-area company, is at the forefront of developing software solutions to manage land rights and infrastructure assets. We offer products that meet the needs of a diverse range of industries. Our clients have found our software provides time-saving tools, such as bulk document generation, bulk update, auto reminders, scheduled reports, and managing workflow. By utilizing our products, our customers experience improved efficiency and project cost savings.
A major pipeline construction company, which is a geoAMPS client, subcontracted the right of way work for a new pipeline which would span roughly 200 miles. That project required acquisition and tracking of right of way for thousands of parcels owned by multiple landowners. In the past, the property document searches and records for such a project would have tied up hundreds of hours of staff time and filled a room with paper.
geoAMPS Web-based software tools, which enables mobile technology, changes all that. Our clients can manage right-of-way projects and land assets in a real-time, paperless environment that provides collaboration, efficiency and error reduction. Mobile technology offers many practical advantages to professionals on the front lines of right of way projects.
“This is the most valuable tool to me in the field,” said a Senior Right of Way Agent who worked on the pipeline project. “I can retrieve a landowner’s contact information in seconds without carrying my entire assigned tracts file box. I can take pictures of structures, land improvements and infrastructure items that may be of concern and sync them to their assigned tracts at the end of the day in minutes. I used to have to download from a camera, save to my hard drive and upload them to the server.
“I can also add notes to a landowner’s file in seconds. If I am on the road for several hours and have talked to five to eight landowners, I don’t have to remember what we talked about when I have to do my update. I have already made a note on my phone after the conversation was over and the notes can be synced by a press of a button.”
Prior to utilizing mobile technology, this agent faced the same hurdles as others in the profession. Special landowner requests and ingress-egress permissions were hand-written in a notebook. There were weekly meetings with other agents and the need for multiple Excel spreadsheets. The agent received a new assignment in a folder, and emailed his supervisor to report if a parcel was acquired or an explanation of why not.
As any project manager or right of way agent knows, the process of acquiring right of way in the past was time-consuming and somewhat chaotic. There were many possibilities for error. It was a frustrating process for all concerned, including property owners.
geoAMPS software revolutionizes right of way acquisition and tracking. As pipeline development has accelerated, geoAMPS technology is making it possible to complete those projects in less time and at reduced cost.