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Visualization for Right-of-Way Acquisition

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2-D
Two-dimensional
3-D
Three-dimensional
4-D
Four-dimensional
AASHTO
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
ADOT
Arizona Department of Transportation
CAD
Computer-aided design
Caltrans
California Department of Transportation
DOTs
Departments of Transportation
FDOT
Florida Department of Transportation
FHWA
Federal Highway Administration
GIS
Geographic Information Systems
GT
Genesee Transportation Council
IT
Information Technology
MPOs
Metropolitan planning organizations
Mn/DOT
Minnesota Department of Transportation
MoDOT
Missouri Department of Transportation
NCDOT
North Carolina Department of Transportation
NCHRP
Construction Sciences Research Foundation
NEPA
National Environmental Policy Act
NIST
The National Institute of Standards and Technology
NYSDOT
New York State Department of Transportation
ODOT
Ohio Department of Transportation
PDG
Project Development Guide
ROW
Right-of-way
SAFETEA-LU
Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users
SHPO
State Historic Preservation Office
TRS
Transportation Research Services, Inc.
The Uniform Act
The Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970
VTrans
Vermont Agency of Transportation
WYDOT
Wyoming Department of Transportation

Executive Summary

The use of visualization technologies and techniques by State Departments of Transportation (DOTs), especially for public involvement purposes, is well-documented. A 2006 Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) scan of transportation agencies, however, showed that visualization use during the right-of-way (ROW) acquisition process of transportation project delivery is not as common, despite the potential benefits. This report identifies some of the reasons, while exploring how select state DOTs have applied, or are applying, visualization to facilitate ROW acquisition. The study synthesizes and presents the findings from a literature review, as well as a series of phone discussions with stakeholders who expressed interest in using visualization technologies to enhance the ROW acquisition process. It is expected that transportation officials will use this information to improve and facilitate their own transportation ROW acquisition processes and outcomes.

Key findings include:

In addition to these findings, the project team learned about cost saving methods for ROW staff to expand use of visualization during ROW acquisition. The following recommendations, which are among several others reported in Section 4, are intended to help ROW staff overcome barriers to visualization use, and ultimately better identify and capitalize on opportunities.

Updated: 04/02/2013
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