Australia: Landgate is partnering with the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) to provide a more current and comprehensive topographic record of Western Australia. The two agencies will combine resources and consolidate information from their separate data sets into one database, to provide a single source of topographic data for the state. Implemented on Esri’s 9.3.1 software, the project will reduce costs, duplication, inconsistencies and time spent on maintenance.
Landgate Manager, Location Knowledge Services, Lesley Arnold said the collaboration would result in a richer record of Western Australia’s roads, water courses, infrastructure and terrain.
“Landgate is the Western Australian land information authority and its Topographic Geodatabase was designed to be an extensible state-wide model,” Dr. Arnold said.
“DEC’s data set has information specific to maintaining and managing its assets, such as roads, camping grounds, picnic sites, rest areas and bush tracks.”
Landgate and DEC datasets are currently maintained in isolation, with the agencies exchanging data manually for information updates.
Richard Ford, Manager, Geographic Information Services Operations, DEC, said the staff would now use a virtual desktop environment to update Landgate’s database externally, enabling changes to be integrated immediately.
“DEC staff are best placed to ensure that topographic data over their area of management is correct,” Ford said.
“This collaborative approach will progressively eliminate the inconsistencies that result from disparate data sets being used by different agencies.”
Landgate Chief Executive Mike Bradford said, “This project will streamline the way we capture topographic information, and improve the quality and currency of data.”
Source: Spatial Source