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Special Achievement in GIS Award

2017 SAG Award Winners

Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia

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Project Goal

Develop British Columbia's first and only electronic map of all active titled parcels and surveyed provincial Crown land parcels to significantly increase the accuracy and speed of real property transactions and enable more informed land-related research, planning and business decisions across government and industry.
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Business Problem Solved

The initial parcel fabric was created by stitching together existing parcel data from Integrated Cadastral Information Society (ICI Society), which is provided by various local governments across BC as part of their sharing agreement, plus the Integrated Cadastral Fabric (ICF) maintained by GeoBC of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. While some form of parcel fabric information exists for most of BC's 189 local governments, positional accuracies vary widely, are inconsistent or simply unknown, while parcel attribution is inconsistent. So we asked ourselves: how can we develop and maintain one single, complete and trusted cadastral map for the entire province?

Technology Implemented

The LTSA leveraged Esri’s ArcGIS platform to develop an operational model for maintaining a single, complete and contiguous parcel map of the entire province. The result is ParcelMap BC, which includes over two million active titled and Crown land parcels. To efficiently maintain data in ParcelMap BC, the LTSA uses Esri’s Parcel Editor, an application in ArcGIS Desktop, as well as an enterprise geodatabase.

Development Team Biography

The LTSA project team is led by Mike Thomson, the Surveyor General and Boundary Commissioner of British Columbia. Mike is also a member of the Board of Management of the Association of BC Land Surveyors, appointed as prescribed by statute. The primary function of the Surveyor General is to maintain the quality of the land survey structure of the province. This includes working with land survey professionals to establish survey standards, approving legal survey plans of public and certain private lands, and addressing property boundary issues. Mike received his commission as a BC land surveyor in 1983.

Project leadership also included Brian Greening, Director of ParcelMap BC Operations. Brian brings over 20 years' experience in the geospatial industry, spanning GIS and survey technologies and encompassing both vendor and client side technical, consulting and business roles.

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