From new pipelines to utility lines, from new road construction to telecommunications towers, the acquisition of right of way is an essential aspect of the early stages of an infrastructure project. Not only is it necessary to acquire right of way before construction begins, right of way agreements must be tracked and maintained long after construction ends.
It is a time consuming and expensive part of a project. Done properly, it can help in completing construction as quickly as possible. Done improperly, property acquisition can delay or, worse, derail a project and do irreparable damage to an organization’s growth.
geoAMPS, a technology company in the Columbus, OH, area, is the industry leader in software solutions to manage land rights and infrastructure assets.
Right of way software, called rowAMPS, is one of a suite of software products offered by geoAMPS to bring standardization and increase efficiencies for a wide variety of industries and projects.
Efficiency in obtaining right of way and tracking property and infrastructure information is critical to keeping projects – such as a new wind farm, road, pipeline or solar panel field – on schedule and within cost parameters. Utilization of technology is key to maximizing project efficiency.
geoAMPS is discussing technological advances in the right of way industry at a meeting of the International Right of Way Association (IRWA) Chapter 38, serving the state of Utah.
Brock Hicks, Business Development Manager at geoAMPS, and Nathan Mirolo, Product Lead, are discussing the current landscape of technology capabilities for right of way projects.
“With Web-based technology, mobile technology and GIS, the industry is poised for greater efficiency, easier controls and simple and secure access to information,” Brock said.
Nathan added that the presentation to Chapter 38 includes the use of “live Web-based aids to discuss and demonstrate the advantages of today’s technology, and where the industry is headed in the near future.”
geoAMPS has presented to a number of IRWA chapters in the United States and Canada 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 Utah 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.”
geoAMPS’ solutions are revolutionizing industries with software products, including land management software, which standardize processes and create an average 35 percent cost savings in project and organizational efficiencies.
The presentation for IRWA Chapter 38 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 ofgeographic 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.
Through its Web-based software, the geoAMPS solution offers mobile capabilities to the right of way industry. Mobile technology is a game-changer for right of way agents in the field. Prior to the availability of mobile technology, agents faced a variety of hurdles that complicated the process of obtaining land-use agreements and prolonged the completion of right of way projects. Special landowner requests and ingress-egress permissions were hand-written in a notebook or stored in a bulky tract file box.
The land services companies geoAMPS serves are also utilizing GIS mapping software, which can prove critical to right of way project staff in the office and in the field.
rowAMPS provides access to all project information through a central database. It features timesaving tools, such as lease management, bulk document generation, bulk update, auto reminders, scheduled reports and managing workflows.
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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