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Technical Specialties Award

Oregon Department of Transportation

This Award recognizes the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Right-of-Way Division for the creation of the Right-of-Way Data Management System (RWDMS).

The creation of the RWDMS has taken the State's Property Management database system to a more efficient level. The old system was inefficient and did not provide an accurate account of the State's surplus property. Out of 110,000 right-of-way-files, only 18,000 of them were maintained on the old database system. The other 92,000 files were stored on microfiche or paper files.

After two and one-half years of work, the ODOT has an Asset Management system that is accurate and efficient. It provides the State right-of-way staff with immediate access to program information right from their work areas, using the ODOT's Intranet and FileNet programs. This RWDMS was such a success that the Oregon Legislature has allocated an additional $4 million to continue with the next phase of the project-Phase 2 that will automate the acquisition process, such as appraisal, negotiation and the title/closing processes. The completion of Phase 2 will give the public and contractors access to certain summary property information and forms via the Internet. As a result of the RWDMS, which provides an accurate account of surplus property, the ODOT, through surplus property sales, generated $14.8 million in revenue for the State Highway Transportation Fund.

Contributors:

Dee Jones, Mike Kirby, Mike Stone, and Tony Sutton.

Updated: 09/05/2014
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