Coming off the success of the collaborative effort of Local Government and Provincial members to achieve 98% accuracy within the AddressBC dataset, the Society has now turned its attention to our primary address data consumers.

To that end, the ICI Society Ops team have been on the road visiting some of our valued Utility members with the goal of gaining a better understanding of how they are using AddressBC within their organizations. Working with

our members, the Ops team is gathering information that may lead to enhancements or changes to the AddressBC product suite.  The team is also interested in helping Utility members identify gaps in the AddressBC coverage where they currently have operations and infrastructure.

So far, the team has visited FortisBC, Shaw Communications Inc. and BC Hydro.  The information we are gathering from the various departments within each organization from the enterprise level down to the individual is invaluable for future development efforts. Though our intention of the site visits is to focus on AddressBC, we also take this opportunity to discuss the other important feature classes and data services that the Society provides.  The Society as a whole will gain from this understanding of how each organization uses the Society data and how integral it is for many day-to-day processes.

The Ops team appreciates the incredible collaborative efforts of our members and we look forward to continuing our site visits and better serving the ICI Society Community.

ICI Society Cadastre – 101

The ICI Society Cadastre is the Society’s answer to the challenge of providing a single common parcel layer for its members. This layer is made up of the parcel fabric that is in local usage as supplied by each jurisdiction, or as directed by the jurisdiction as the locally-used representation of the fabric.

While not a single-supplier fabric like ParcelMap BC (LTSA) or the ICF (GeoBC), the ICI Society Cadastre provides a Provincial-scale representation of whatever parcel fabric is informing operational processes at the local level in a single, unified data model.

All ICI Society Cadastre source data – whether supplied by local government, LTSA or GeoBC, is delivered via GeoShare, the Society’s automated delivery mechanism, and is refreshed on a weekly basis, resulting in a single cadastre that reflects what is being used locally with very low latency.

Geometry and Attribute Source Differences:

The field ‘GEOMETRY_SOURCE’ will tell you the source of the geometry:

  • If the source is from Local Government, ‘GEOMETRY_SOURCE’ will be the name of the local government supplying the data.
  • If the source is from the ICF, ‘GEOMETRY_SOURCE’ will be ‘GeoBC’.
  • If the source is from ParcelMap BC, ‘GEOMETRY_SOURCE’ will be ‘LTSA’.

The field “ATTRIBUTE_SOURCE” will tell you where the attributes are sourced:

  • If the PID that the Local Government supplies matched the PID in the ‘Master Parcel Table’ (a table derived from LTSA and GeoBC) the ‘ATTRIBUTE_SOURCE’ will be populated with ‘GEOBC’.
  • If the PID that the Local Government supplies does not match the PID in the ‘Master Parcel Table’ the ‘ATTRIBUTE_SOURCE’ will be populated with the name of the Local Government. In this case the attributes that populate the legal fields will be sourced from the Local Government.

ICI Society Welcomes New Staff

The ICI Society staff and members give a warm welcome to Brian Leung who has joined the ICI Society’s operational team as GIS Technology Administrator. Brian will be working closely with our System Engineer, Mike Wardell, to design, develop and administer the IT foundation that supports all member data sharing initiatives.

Brian brings 25 years of experience in municipal government. Starting out in CAD drafting and then moving to GIS, Brian’s recent experience includes database administration. Brian grew up in the BC interior and moved to Victoria 15 years ago where he is enjoying coastal life on Vancouver Island.

Welcome to the Society Ops team Brian!