New South Wales’ Spatial Services has made live a cloud-based ‘cadastre as a service’ platform, an overhaul to its approach to managing cadastral data.
Representing a major upgrade to the process for maintaining and updating the NSW cadastre, the new API-based system is primarily aimed at reducing duplication of data and effort by becoming the automated backbone of the development application submission process for councils.
Replacing a system whereby hard copy plans were routinely accepted and manually scanned by Spatial Services, the new submission process automatically extracts data and metadata from digital plans, and images are converted to validated LandXML.
A spokesperson for DFSI Spatial Services said that councils could update development applications via the new API as the applications progressed, significantly reducing effort for both parties.
“The immediate impact will be helping Councils gain efficiencies in capturing data for new properties across their Local Government Area. Council staff are currently under significant pressure to process this information within very short timeframes, and our services will help them get on top of things ahead of time,” he said.
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The spokesperson said that a singular source of digital data for current and proposed cadastre would support more efficient land subdivision and ultimately reduce the cost of delivering new homes to market, and would support digital transformation of the surveying industry.
“The current transformation of the NSW cadastral systems, processes and information will provide benefits across all sectors public and private. Sector specific benefits will be realised by the surveying and land development industries, as well as all tiers of government with agencies that rely heavily on geospatial and property data,” he said.
Under the new system, the DCDB remains the system of record, updated via the new API, but the LandXML and GeoTIFF files are stored in the cloud.
Spatial Services is currently working closely with Wollondilly, Blacktown, Cessnock and Bathurst LGAs to test and proof the new systems and processes.
The spokesperson for NSW Spatial Services said that number of other NSW councils have expressed their interest and desire to be on boarded post the testing phase, and that a particular focus will be on priority growth areas, including the Western Sydney City Deal.
A detailed account of the upgrade’s technical underpinnings can be found over at ARN.