Strategic plan to optimize the management of right-of-way parcel and utility information at FDOT.
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Strategic plan to optimize the management of right-of-way parcel and utility information at FDOT.

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      The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) manages a huge right-of-way asset. Examples of core

      processes related to this asset include determining right-of-way boundaries; inventorying roadside features;

      preparing right-of-way maps; acquiring, selling, and leasing assets; and regulating the accommodation of

      utilities within the right-of-way. Ready access to related information is a key requirement not just for

      streamlining project delivery but also throughout the life cycle of transportation infrastructure facilities. This

      report summarizes the results of research conducted to assist FDOT in developing a strategic implementation

      plan for the management of right-of-way parcel and utility data at the department. To support this effort, the

      research involved a review of current FDOT systems and practices and development of recommendations as

      to what vision and/or strategies to pursue. More specifically, the research included conducting meetings with

      key stakeholders, reviewing and analyzing existing documentation, developing data models, conducting a

      demonstration of a prototype application developed to test the data models, examining potential implications

      related to the Bentley Map® initiative, and preparing recommendations for implementation. Meetings with

      key stakeholders included meetings with officials from Central Office as well as Districts 5 and 6. The

      purpose of the meetings was to learn or confirm information about business processes, systems, and other

      items of interest in connection with the management of right-of-way parcel and utility data. Also of interest

      was to gather suitable sample project data. The research included a comprehensive review of MicroStation

      design libraries in use at the department and a determination on how to apply this information to the

      development of a data model and protocol for the extraction of parcel and utility data from MicroStation into

      a geographic information system (GIS) environment. The research team evaluated expanded and compact

      versions of the data model, which includes features, feature attributes, and linkages to other business

      processes within the department, including projects and documents. Recommendations include

      implementing a systematic use of existing survey and Bentley GEOPAK® data to generate parcel shapes in

      Bentley MicroStation® for later use in other applications including GIS as well as a systematic database

      approach for managing utility-related levels in MicroStation. Recommendations also include steps for

      integrating parcel and utility data into FDOT’s enterprise GIS framework.

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