The Right of Way Process and the Project Lifecycle - From Siting To Energization and Corridor Management
September 21-22, 2021 | Online :: Central Time
“This was an amazing introduction to relevant issues in ROW work.” Sales Manager, Midwest Region, Contract Land Staff
“The EUCI Right of Way Processes Conference provided great insight into the transmission line ROW investigations and procedures.” Right of Way Engineer Associate, LADWP
“For those in the ROW business, this conference is a must-see. It is an exceptional opportunity to perfect the process from start to finish.” Partner, Holland & Hart, LLP
Right of way is the common thread that binds successful projects together through establishing and maintaining landowner relations from the first line on the map to poles in the ground. This course will explore proven methods of keeping your transmission projects on schedule through appropriate integration of right of way services into the overall project team structure and explore working relations with environmental, public involvement, engineering, and construction services. The development of appropriate team structures and procedures will be explored along with a multi scenario interactive schedule building exercise to help participants gain a better understanding of how right of way services fit into the overall development cycle in successful projects. Examples of how landowner relations can be improved through early assimilation of right of way services into your team that can be translated into public opinion, schedule and cost benefits will be discussed along with how this is carried through project construction with a sound construction liaison and damage settlement plan. We will also examine the acute importance of the project owner and consultants working together to assist the agencies in understanding the schedule complexities and importance of meeting energization and financial targets for these highly competitive projects. Effective corridor management including franchise consolidation, permitting and vegetation management in major transportation corridors will also be discussed.
Join this interactive course to learn how best to leverage right of way services on your project team to keep property acquisitions off the critical path and minimize landowner project opposition and routing changes. In this course, you will gain a holistic understanding of how right of way services fits into your project team and the project lifecycle and how successful implementation of this approach will build and maintain landowner relations while keeping your project on schedule and on the right side of public opinion.
- Review the methods for assembling a ROW team and what the routing and siting process is all about
- Describe the steps to preparing a ROW delivery plan and review safety training
- Expand on ROW schedule development and ROWs partnership with public involvement
- Discuss the coordination with engineering and environmental teams and title and valuation processes
- Review survey management and discuss developing a negotiation strategy and plan
- Engage in a discussion on the use of eminent domain and closing transactions and ROW records and file management systems
- Expand on the role of construction liaison and review restoration and damage claims settlement
- Discuss the role of corridor and asset management as well as land rights systems and franchise consolidation with veg management
- Review lessons learned in a transit expansion case study and the impacts on infrastructure and rights acquiring for the electric utility
- List some of the challenges and some solutions to siting of transmission with examples from the Northeast
- Review the implications for project development for transmission and renewable projects as a result of the Administration’s infrastructure plan and policies
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 Central Time
9:00 – 9:10 a.m.
12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
9:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
9:10 – 9:15 a.m. :: Welcome and Introductions
9:15 – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing
- Assembling a ROW team
- The Routing and Siting process
- Preparing A ROW Delivery Plan
- Safety Training
- ROW Schedule Development
- ROWs Partnership with Public Involvement
- Coordination with Engineering and Environmental
- Title and Valuation
- Survey Management
- Developing a Negotiation Strategy and Plan
- The Use of Eminent Domain
- Closing Transactions and Records and file Management
- Construction Liaison – Restoration and damage claims settlement
- Corridor and Asset Management – Land Rights systems, Franchise Consolidation & Veg Management
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 Central Time
9:00 – 9:10 a.m.
9:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Case Study – Transit Expansion in Dense Urban Areas and Impacts on Transmission ROW
The light rail expansion through a densely populated area resulted in acquisition of rights which severely impact the electrical transmission system. This includes the siting of additional substations and the shared use of transmission corridors, which also serve as City operated trails – and are owned in fee by the Snohomish County PUD. As many cities are experiencing the need for mass transit and Departments of Transportation adhere to strict buffer zones this leaves a utility company in a precarious situation when it comes to siting of the rail line.
Case Study – Eastern Massachusetts Transmission Projects
Transmission siting and permitting is becoming more challenging as there is less land available for new lines, the public becomes more engaged in the process, regulations change, and there are more and more factors to evaluate and consider. As the country increasingly grapples with climate change and environmental justice, transmission siting sits at the intersection of human and natural environmental concerns and must find a way to balance it all.
Climate Policy Update
With a stronger push to renewables and decarbonization under the Biden Administration, there is a flurry of legislative and regulatory activity. This presentation looks at the Biden Infrastructure Plan and the Massachusetts Decarbonization Roadmap to connect policy with implications for project development with a focus on inter-regional transmission, offshore wind integration, and the role of natural gas in a decarbonized future.
Maureen Barnes, Real Estate Services Manager, Snohomish County Public Utility District
Erin Begier, SR/WA , Real Estate and Right of Way Lead, HDR Inc.
Dan Belin AICP, Power Delivery Lead, VHB
Vivian Kimball, Project Manager, VHB
Erick Adcock, HDR Inc.
James Prossick, SR/WA Vice President and West Lead Right of Way Services, HDR Inc.
Teresa Weaver, Real Estate Project Manager, HDR, Inc.
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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.
Requirements for Successful Completion of Program
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Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, and group discussion will be used in this event.