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  • Writer's pictureAndy Bohnhoff

From Data to Decisions: Why GIS Should Lead Your ROW Strategy

In the role of infrastructure development, where every decision is pivotal and every inch of land counts, the role of GIS cannot be overstated. Particularly in Right of Way (ROW) projects, where the alignment of pipelines, transmission lines, and transportation corridors can make or break the success of an endeavor, GIS is an important and crucial step.


From the initial stages of planning to the detailed work of buying land and regulatory restrictions, GIS is the key tool guiding our decisions. This blog post takes a closer look at why GIS is vital for managing Right of Way projects.


GIS in ROW
GIS is an integral part of any ROW project
Transforming Data into Actionable Projects

Transforming spatial and tabular data into actionable ROW strategy is essential for project success. Spatial data, such as parcel boundaries and environmental features, provides the geographical context necessary for route optimization and land assessment. Tabular data, including ownership information and regulatory requirements, offers crucial insights into land rights and legal constraints.


By integrating these datasets through GIS, stakeholders can identify optimal routes, assess land suitability, and navigate regulatory complexities, laying the groundwork for informed decision-making and effective ROW strategy execution.


Local municipalities and counties often maintain valuable datasets related to zoning regulations, land use planning, property assessments, and infrastructure networks. GIS, and specifically ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online, facilitates the integration of these dynamic datasets into ROW management workflows, providing up-to-date information on land development activities, regulatory changes, and potential conflicts with planned projects.


One of the components of up-to-date information on activities, changes, and conflicts is the utilization of web mapping applications and dashboards.


Web mapping applications and dashboards play a pivotal role in ROW management by providing stakeholders with informative tools for KPI tracking, visualization, analysis, and collaboration. These applications allow users to interactively explore parcel boundaries and communicate project updates in real-time.


Web mapping applications and dashboards enable stakeholders by providing them with timely and accurate GIS information and statuses. This enhances transparency, facilitates informed decision-making, and promotes stakeholder engagement at every stage of the ROW management process.


GIS dashboard
Example of a Dashboard created by Platte River Analytics to assist in GIS engagement
Factoring in Regulatory and Environmental Data

Access to regulatory and environmental data is vital for the success of any GIS and ROW project. Regulatory information, such as floodplain maps, wetland delineations, protected areas, and endangered species habitats, provides critical insights into the legal and environmental constraints that may affect project planning and execution.


By integrating this data into the Esri platform, companies can effectively assess environmental risks, ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, and minimize the impact of infrastructure projects on sensitive ecosystems.


Through Esri's ArcGIS platform, users can leverage a wide range of tools and resources to integrate regulatory and environmental data into their ROW projects. Esri's Living Atlas, a curated collection of authoritative GIS data, serves as a valuable resource for accessing up-to-date and high-quality data sets relevant to ROW management.


Living Atlas offers a host of GIS data layers, gathering regulatory information from trusted organizations and government agencies across the globe. Among our top picks from Living Atlas for ROW management are Slope, Tree Cover, Wetlands, and Floodplains.


GIS Mapping the Path for ROW Projects

In summary, GIS serves as a crucial step in the strategic planning and execution of ROW projects, offering access to data integration, analysis, and visualization. By offering regulatory and environmental data, platforms such as Esri's ArcGIS and Living Atlas enable team members and public stakeholders to navigate complex ROW projects more effectively.


By leveraging these resources, companies can optimize route selection, mitigate environmental risks, and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.


Ultimately, by embracing Esri technology and leveraging authoritative data sources, ROW projects can achieve their objectives while upholding the high standards of environmental responsibility and regulatory compliance.


About Platte River Analytics

Platte River Analytics is an award winning Esri Business Partner that promotes business development with the utilization of location analytics and spatial business intelligence. Platte River Analytics assists energy companies with complex GIS data solutions and helps to solve important business questions with the aid of interactive mapping and dashboards.

By deploying location analysis, Platte River assists organizations with analyzing internal data, establishing dynamic mapping and dashboard analysis, and extracting business insights. Platte River has been awarded an ArcGIS System Ready Specialty from Esri, given to Esri Business Partners who offer technical expertise with solutions, services and content using the latest ArcGIS Technology.



Esri Partner Award for GIS Analytics

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