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Appendix E. AASHTO Survey on Visualization for ROW Acqusition

2008 International Scan Identified visualization

Requested by: State of Texas
Survey Deadline: February 28, 2010

The 2008 International Scan identified visualization as having potential to improve the ROW acquisition process and build relationships with property owners.

  1. May we contact you in regard to your experience with Design Visualization as a suitable tool for ROW acquisition? Please provide contact information for a good resource to contact. Name, agency, phone number: 1
  2. Briefly describe how Design Visualization can be a cost effective tool to facilitate ROW acquisition?
  3. Are procedures or methods available that can help determine best practices for the specific application of acquiring ROW, or for other Realty related purposes?

Thank you for your time and assistance.

ARKANSAS

The Department uses simulation models to analyze how well the traffic will flow, not anything that relates to ROW Acquisition.

GEORGIA

We are not use Design Visualization; however it looks like a tool to look into.

MICHIGAN

We are beginning to use visualization for some major projects but it is not yet the norm.

MINNESOTA

We have tried this on a very limited basis, and cannot meaningfully contribute on this.

MISSOURI

  1. Design Visualization is fairly expensive and would only be cost effective on projects where the property values are very high or in areas where there are several contentious property owners. For an average project, we have not found Design Visualization to be cost effective.
  2. We consider the use of Design Visualization on a project-by-project basis.

NEW YORK

  1. Design Visualization can be a cost effective tool to facilitate ROW acquisition by providing better service to the public and save negotiations time. The benefits would include less time in using traditional methods, maps, cross sections and specially prepared exhibits, to negotiate damages; reduce the confusion of how to anticipate changes to their properties; result in higher quality appraisal products through more accurate analysis of impacts, thereby reducing the need for settlement justifications later on in the process once the project is completed and the impacts fully understood, and, ultimately saving on negotiations breaking down and cases ending up in the Court of Claims.
  2. Are procedures or methods available that can help determine best practices for the specific application of acquiring ROW, or for other Realty related purposes? No – none as a standard at NYSDOT, but I strongly condone implementing this method.

OHIO

  1. The cost effectiveness for ROW acquisition can reduce the appropriation rates because property owners would have a better understanding of the impact to their property. Reduce the unknown for property owners by providing a post construction visual of their property. To aid the Appraiser in the evaluation of impact for the damage to the residue, as well as assist the Review Appraiser to determine the recommended FMVE. Improve public relations at public information meetings to show what the project will look like at post construction. Have a better understanding of the actual construction plans to see the elevation changes to a parcel.
  2. Yes, ODOT uses Personal Service Contracts as a method to hire consultants that are able to perform the visualization task.

A best practice to determine the need for this application is based on the complexity of the project or parcel and anticipating if the parcel would be appropriated. It is not recommended to use on every parcel because of the time commitment and the cost per parcel for preparation.

PUERTO RICOCurrently we only use aerial photos with cadastral layers, and some time with row plan sheets with Arc map (GIS). I will love to have more information about this kind of technology because we are trying to bring it to this area but so far with no luck.

SOUTH DAKOTA

South Dakota does not use visualization for ROW activities.


1 Names and contact information have been removed from the states' responses.

Updated: 04/02/2013
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