The British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines, Mineral Titles Branch, was presented with an Award of Excellence at ESRI Canada’s 2005 Regional User Conference in Victoria today. Alex Miller, President of ESRI Canada, presented the Award in recognition of the Mineral Titles Branch’s innovative application of internet mapping technology in their Mineral Tenures On-Line (MTO) system. Mr. Rick Conte, Director of the Mineral Titles Branch was on hand to receive the award.
MTO is an Internet-based mineral titles administration system that allows the mineral exploration industry to acquire and maintain mineral titles by selecting an area on a seamless digital GIS map of British Columbia and pay the associated fees electronically.
Some key benefits of Mineral Titles Online are:
-Modernize business practices by taking advantage of new technology
-Reduce administrative costs
-Ensure security of title
-Ensure fairness of competition
-Faster processing of applications
Using modern Internet technology and state-of-the-art mapping software that includes ESRI’s ArcIMS and ArcSDE, Mineral Titles Online brings claim acquisition and title maintenance for British Columbia into the 21st century.
The initial phase of the project implementation was completed in January 2005 and allows users to perform a wide variety of tasks including: viewing spatial and attribute data online, user authentication, selection of claim tenure for acquisition, payment for tenure rights, and maintenance of claims by registration of exploration and development.
The map selection tool within MTO allows users to acquire mineral claims by selecting the area on a seamless digital GIS map of British Columbia. There will no longer be a requirement to physically mark a claim on the ground for acquisition purposes.