Texas: LandWorks Inc., a Houston-based developer of land management solutions, has unveiled an online software-as-a-service application called “Web AutoMapper” that automatically converts land legal descriptions into GIS-ready map polygons.
Web AutoMapper service has been developed in partnership with WhiteStar Corp. and Digital Map Products. Depending on the type of legal description entered into the online service, Web AutoMapper generates map polygons using either WhiteStar’s national land grid or Digital Map Products’ nationwide tax parcel base. A customer has to create an account on the company’s website. The user then submits an Excel spreadsheet containing legal descriptions. Web AutoMapper provides an onscreen report detailing which polygons can be generated and which cannot. For those that cannot be generated, the reason is provided. Web AutoMapper generates accurate digital polygons for about 20 percent of the cost of manual mapping services.