Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced that the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Queensland, Australia, has launched a land information management system based on open GeoMedia technology. The department is responsible for maintaining land, water and vegetation, including minimizing the impact of pest plants and animals in a state that covers an area of 1.7 million square kilometers around a quarter of the Australian continent. The system, called PestInfo, is a digital mapping tool for local councils to record, manage and analyze pest information in Queensland. Pests are a significant issue in Queensland, with conservative estimates putting the annual total cost to the state at $600 million (AU) for weeds and $100 million for animals, not including environmental costs. PestInfo allows the department to take a strategic approach to pest management across boundaries and regions. With the increased quality of pest distribution data available from local government for state planning purposes, the state can improve pest response and control programs and raise awareness of pest issues in Queensland to promote a better quality of life for its residents.
Intergraph and the Department of Natural Resources and Mines created PestInfo using a development toolkit based on open GeoMedia technology. PestInfo provides highly flexible and user-friendly tools at the local level for pest management. The system provides the councils with functionality to enter new data on pest infestations and treatments directly from the field using a laptop or field notes and GPS capture; output cartographic maps; and run sophisticated queries to discover new relationships, for example between land use and pest infestations. Spatial data can be imported to PestInfo in various native formats for use as reference or new infestation records.The department is also making the system available to community groups and other Australian pest management authorities.