IMMCO Inc has prepared right-of-way permits for hundreds of miles across the US, with over 80 traffic plans developed for a smart city project in southern California. Our GIS software experts have developed proprietary technology-enabled tools that reduce the duration and increase the accuracy and quality of permit creation.
With the experience we’ve gotten from our permit work, we’ve identified some key rules that need to be followed to ensure that this tedious process can be pain-free.
1. Ensure Data is Properly Geo-positioned
Poorly correlated data on permit documents becomes a nightmare for many telecom construction companies, as it leads to rejection from authorities after the entire design is completed. Not only does this lead to frustration amongst multiple teams in the organization, but it also creates long delays for the network deployment project as a whole.
2. Well-planned Traffic Control Documents
Traffic control plans are an integral part of permit documentation, and making sure that all elements are accounted for and color-coded properly is a huge part of getting through the permit design process in a timely way. Different municipalities, departments, and states have their specific notations required in traffic control plans, the plans need to ensure that they follow the respective guidelines.
3. Stringent Quality Control Process
After the data has been geo-positioned accurately and the traffic control plans are developed, a stringent quality control process is necessary to ensure that the permit is ready to head off to the authorities for approval. Having sophisticated quality assurance tools and protocols coupled with supervision from skilled engineers to review documents with a targeted focus on critical aspects of permit design, e.g. construction notation, network elements, distances displayed, color coding, etc., is the best way to make sure that no unforeseen rejections (leading to delays) come from the concerned authorities.
4. Clear Documentation for each Department
Finally, post quality control check, ensuring all of the documents are in place and correctly notated, they need to be sent off to the respective departments, which can be the county, city, state, or department of transportation. Ensuring that each document is correlated to the department to which it's going to and avoiding any mix-ups when sending them is out is that last step to make sure that the permits for your project end up approved by their respective government bodies.
About The Author
Pictured: Eric Herbert, Project Director at IMMCO Inc
Eric Herbert is the Project Director at IMMCO Inc.
He has been part of the IMMCO leadership team for 7 years, and brings with him over 2 decades of experience in applications engineering and project management in the telecom industry.
With extensive network design, mapping and permit design skills, Eric has helped many of our clients accelerate their design and drafting process.