Linear Routing and Right of Way Acquisition
Selecting and acquiring the most cost effective, optimally operational, and environmentally and socially compliant site for your new or expanded facility is critical for any project, particular for linear route infrastructure such as high-voltage transmission lines, transportation routes or pipelines. Failure to efficiently acquire right of way or to identify environmental risks early in your project can lead to costly rerouting or other delays downstream.
Integrating the right environmental expertise is a critical component of your success. According to Black & Veatch's Strategic Directions: Electric Report, two in five industry professionals believe siting and environmental permitting processes is the biggest challenge for securing transmission investment.
We provide comprehensive, right-of-way acquisition and GIS-based linear routing services support and program management across the complete life cycle of linear infrastructure. Our integrated team works with you from study area definition and preliminary corridor development, through public outreach and landowner engagement, to final route selection and acquisition as well as construction support and close out.
We are a market leader in the engineering and construction of many linear infrastructure networks including high-voltage transmission lines, underground pipelines and other emerging alternative transportation networks. Our broad experience and proven history provides efficient planning, routing, design, and construction solutions to minimize environmental and landowner impacts, ensure reliability, and meet your cost and schedule requirements.
We provide total right-of-way acquisition services that manage all aspects of land acquisition, including relocations and eminent domain. With expertise and resources available across the U.S. and across disciplines, our integrated team efficiently and effectively addresses landowner concerns throughout the engagement, acquisition and close-out phases, bringing greater cost and schedule certainty to your project.
Preliminary Routes in Days, not Weeks
We harness the latest digital tools such as GIS-automated routing software to produce first routing deliverables and options within days, not weeks.
Draw from a library of more than 1,000 GIS data sources that are continuously updated, allow us to perform routing analyses anywhere including urban or rural settings and for underground or overhead lines. This speeds the process and saves costs compared to manual routing approaches and are further qualified and tailored for each project and client to address any environmental, landowner, historical or other concerns. Following field reconnaissance, the preliminary alignments are adjusted as appropriate to reflect new data and field conditions. Detailed reporting (crossing reports and mile-posted KMZs) is provided at every stage to promote collaboration within your project teams.
High Quality Land Services
Our multi-disciplinary teams meet you where you are and offer a flexible range of working options. We work at all scales and types of linear routing projects either integrating our expertise as part of your project’s overall engineering, procurement and construction solution or as a standalone environmental consultant -- providing services such as comprehensive program management in right of acquisition or full environmental permitting support.
Whatever your engagement with us, we focus on high quality project outcomes: efficient planning, routing, design, and construction solutions that minimize environmental and landowner impacts, ensure reliability, and meet your stringent cost and schedule requirements.
Our services include:
Routing & siting feasibility studies for linear facilities (transmission, pipelines, roads, etc.)
Existing easement due diligence review to provide an analysis of existing property rights
Constructability review and cost estimating
Environmental review and permitting support (desktop or onsite wetland delineation; habitat review; cultural resources investigations; federal/state/local permit list development; full permit acquisition support)
Self-performing Right of Way (ROW) acquisition or managing vendors, based on project size
All aspects of land acquisition, including relocations and eminent domain
Linear projects, at both large and small scale, including tight schedules and critical deadlines
Total project management, from routing through damage settlements to close out
Public outreach support
- Access roads (permanent and temporary) layout and design
Project: Kentucky, United States
22,000 easements over 3,400 miles
KentuckyWired is the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s public infrastructure project to provide high-speed, high-capacity Internet service to every county in the state. As the EPC contractor, together with joint venture partner Ledcor, Black & Veatch was responsible for the right-of-way acquisition of 22,000 easements, coordinating 6 right-of-way subcontractors. 3,400 miles of middle-mile fiber network were deployed efficiently and successfully by October 2018, enabling open and greater broadband access for residents in every county of Kentucky.
Site Analysis in the Cloud
Black & Veatch is working in new ways and forming new partnerships to exceed client expectations. Through our partnership with technology vendors such as Pivvot, we’re finding new and innovative ways to meet your needs. Watch our webinar to hear the latest best practices for site analysis, address common pitfalls, and demonstrate how we’re conducting “virtual site analyses” for new transmission routes and distributed energy sites.Watch Now
Project: Oregon, United States
Cleaning up and Re-routing with Advanced Technology
As part of the Environmental Protection Agency led clean-up of Willamette River, Black & Veatch studied and advised on the relocation of 2.3 miles of underground transmission line using horizontal directional drilling. The team partnered closely with PacifiCorp throughout conducting field visits, investigating alternative environmentally and economically feasible routes and sites and assisted with the right-of-way acquisition with impacted landowners.
Planning Considerations for Underground Transmission Lines
An analysis of the planning process for underground transmission lines, critical considerations that affect project budget and schedule, the permitting process, procurement approaches, and risk arrangement. Rewind our free webinar to get a grounding on what you need to know about planning underground transmission lines.Watch Now
Project: Multiple states, United States
Efficient Land Management Regardless of Location
Across a diversity of scenarios and locations in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Texas, and West Virginia, Black & Veatch is supporting America Electric Power (AEP)'s acquisition of right-of-way for both greenfield and rebuild overhead transmission lines. Serving as the EPC contractor for the entire project deployments, Black & Veatch is also overseeing easement acquisition, as well as permitting, reviewing re-routing proposals, resolving and settling damage claims, and providing other environmental and land-related services, providing consistent outcomes across regulatory jurisdictions.