December 6, 2017
ICI Society Victoria User Conference Insights
The ICI Society’s long-awaited return to our User Conference series “Getting the Most from your Membership” kicked-off with great energy and lively discussion at BC Assessment’s office in Victoria on November 23. Over 50 attendees, representing all member segments, were in attendance to gain insights into the ParcelMapBC (PMBC) rollout, updates on AddressBC progress and challenges, and to collaboratively share their perspectives and ideas on these and other aspects of their ICI Society memberships.
Key to recognizing and benefiting from Society membership is the enormous advantage presented by ParcelMap BC as the single, complete, trusted and sustainable parcel fabric for BC that is now available to members via the Data Catalog and custom PMBC GeoShare delivery. Brian Greening, Director of ParcelMapBC Operations at Landsure, an arm of the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA), was on hand to provide real-time insights on PMBC and to respond to questions on PMBC’s availability, update schedules and spatial improvements in a lively ‘myth-busting’ Q & A session. It was clear from his presentation that there are a lot of advantages in leveraging the suite of products available from LTSA to enhance the parcel update workflow for Local Governments.
Insights from this session included Brian Goble, Head of Geographic Services from the District of Sooke presenting his real-world analysis of PMBC as an enriched data-set and an adoption strategy where full implementation of PMBC with a two-day update cycle will bring significant efficiency gains for the District.
The afternoon saw the morning’s focus on parcels shift to address data quality in AddressBC. Hearing from the team at DataBC including Brian Kelsey, Architecture Analyst and Michael Ross, GeoWeb Architect on issues related to the Provincial Geocoder and Carol Ogborne, Section Head, Base Mapping and Cadastre from GeoBC on how essential accurate address data is for their province-wide, public service applications and the Integrated Transportation Network, raised awareness of AddressBC’s importance across the province. Attendees were also reminded of the $1,000 CivicSpatial Grants available to local governments, municipalities and first nations to achieve Quality Improvements for AddressBC utilizing GeoShare and Geocoder Q/A reporting.
Feedback from the Conference was consistent with previous years, namely that the opportunity to get together with co-workers and colleagues from related sectors means a free flow of information that provides everyone with insights, into not just ‘the how’ of spatial data management, but understanding where these technical advancements and processes intersect with the “business of everyday functionality” for our members.
Thanks again to BC Assessment, our venue hosts, Don Gibson at esri Canada, our breakfast sponsor and to all our speakers; Brian Greening, Brian Kelsey, Michael Ross, Brian Goble and Carol Ogborne.
Please contact ICI Society staff to sign up for PMBC GeoShare delivery, AddressBC QA reports and CivicSpatial funding and stay tuned for more User Conference dates planned for early in 2018.
ICI Society Welcomes New Utilities Member
Please join us in welcoming Optic Zoo Networks Ltd. to our group of Utilities member. Optic Zoo owns, manages and operates an extensive dark fiber network throughout Metro Vancouver. Their current core geographic footprint includes Downtown Vancouver, Mt. Pleasant, False Creek, Broadway Corridor, Great Northern Way, Yaletown, Gastown, Railtown, South Vancouver, Burnaby and Abbotsford.
November 8, 2017
Space is limited. Have you registered yet?
Time is running out to join us for the first event in the ICI Society User Conference series scheduled for Victoria on November 23, 2017. If you haven’t checked out our Events page yet, here’s what you can expect at this event:
- members from LTSA, GeoBC and Local Government will speak about their support for PMBC Adoption and transition to this new parcel fabric
- a great opportunity to network with other Society members
- presentations on AddressBC data quality will provide members with a refresher on AddressBC best practices
- featured presentations from GeoBC and DataBC as key consumers of AddressBC
- a tasty continental breakfast and lunch
- opportunity to ask questions of our expert presenters
Go to our Events page to download your agenda and to register.
October 25, 2017
Join us for our Victoria User Conference
We are pleased to announce that the first of several User Conference events will be held in Victoria on November 23, 2017.
Vancouver Island will be the kick off location of the new User Conference series. Members from LTSA, GeoBC and Local Government will speak about their support for PMBC Adoption and transition to this new parcel fabric.
As well, presentations on AddressBC data quality will provide members with a refresher on AddressBC best practices, featuring presentations from GeoBC and DataBC as key consumers of AddressBC.
This presentation based User Conference will be the first in a series that will continue into 2018 with the addition of hands-on workshops to support PMBC adoption and AddressBC data quality.
Registrants will have an opportunity to submit their questions on these topics early so that the User Conferences can focus on members’ needs and collaborative solutions.
Find out more, register at our Events page and, stay tuned for more dates and venues in the new year.
Sponsorship Opportunities Available Now!
The ICI Society regularly hosts User Conferences for our members. These events are designed to help attendees get the most out of their memberships by learning about the tools and resources available to them through the Society. The frequency of the events also helps to keep members up-to-date with what’s new with Society products and services. Society events are great opportunities to network with colleagues in similar roles in other organizations.
Our User Conference series is attended by Local Government, Provincial Government, First Nations, Utility, Associate & Affiliate company team members comprised of GIS specialists as well as representatives from planning, engineering, public works, finance, administration and more.
For our upcoming User Conference series, we are pleased to announce that we are opening this event to non-members and inviting companies with complementary products and services to participate in a sponsorship capacity.
If your company is interested in participating in our 2017-18 User Conferences as an event sponsor we want to hear from you. Sponsorships are limited and provide a great opportunity for almost exclusive access to this audience.
Contact Steve Mark to find out more.
October 12, 2017
ICI Society Welcomes New Executive Director
The Integrated Cadastral Information Society (ICI Society) announced today that Keith Luft has accepted the role of Executive Director of the Society commencing on October 23, 2017. Keith, a resident of Salt Spring Island, joins the Society following a lengthy legal and executive career spanning more than 25 years in the resource industry in Alberta. He brings tremendous depth and experience in the areas of management, stakeholder relations, governance and strategic planning. “We are so pleased that Keith presents to us such strong business and strategic leadership skills which are ideally suited to build upon the years of successful projects and strong technical acumen delivered by the ICI Society over the last decade and a half. The Board is looking forward to working with Keith,” said Elaine Dawson, President of the Board. Keith takes over from Barry Logan who retired last June.
“We are excited as a Board to start work with Keith to explore and set a future strategic direction which builds upon the strong platform established by Society to date”, said Dawson.
About the ICI Society
The Integrated Cadastral Information Society (ICI Society) is a leader in the sharing of geospatial information; driving collaboration, integration, adoption and use of spatial data for the social and economic benefit of British Columbia.
ICI Society was incorporated in May 2001 and registered under the BC Societies Act as a non-profit organization.
September 27, 2017
New CivicSpatial Grant Program funding is now available to support AddressBC data quality improvement. This grant program will provide a one-time grant of $1,000 to eligible Local Government and First Nations members to improve the accuracy of submitted address data.
Sponsored by the Provincial Government of BC, BC Assessment Authority and our Utility members, including TELUS, Shaw, FortisBC and BC Hydro, the CivicSpatial Grant program has been exceptionally successful in supporting cadastral data improvements. With the launch of PMBC, the program’s focus has now shifted to support address data improvements in AddressBC.
All Utility members and Provincial Government members of the Society rely on current, accurate address data provided by Local Government and First Nations for effective decision‐making to maintain and protect the vital services that they provide on a regional and provincial scale.
Utility members value AddressBC accuracy for:
- maintaining parcel and customer information.
- emergency response and records clarity.
- the delivery and maintenance of telecommunication services.
- keeping address records up to date with municipal changes.
- access to the most up to date addressing information from the authoritative source.
- one source for province-wide address data allows for better and faster service to customers.
Provincial Government members value AddressBC accuracy for:
- improvement of an essential source of civic address locations.
- improved planning and decision making, particularly in the areas of public safety, health, education and social services.
- coordination with GeoBC’s transportation network used in emergency management and dispatch.
Funding will be provided for eligible Local Government and First Nations members’ work to improve address data submissions utilizing GeoShare Q/A reports and DataBC’s Physical Address Geocoder correlation reporting.
Questions? Click here for answers.
View our Member Support page.
September 5, 2017
ICI Society Welcomes New Member
Please join us in welcoming the K’ómoks First Nation to the Society. For thousands of years the people of the K’ómoks First Nation occupied the shoreline of eastern Vancouver Island in a place referred to as, “the land of plenty”. This Land of Plenty stretched from what is known today as Kelsey Bay south to Hornby and Denman Island and included the watershed and estuary of the Puntledge River.
Click here to learn more about becoming an ICI Society member.
PMBC In the News
As key partners in the development of ParcelMap BC (PMBC), ICI Society members will be interested to hear of the broad recognition received by the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) for PMBC.
On July 12, 2017, the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) received the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award from Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, at the Esri International User Conference in San Diego, CA. Selected from over 300,000 eligible candidates worldwide, the LTSA was one of 180 organizations to receive a SAG Award.
The LTSA was recognized for its innovative application of technology, data collection, geospatial information visualization, and thought leadership through GIS to develop ParcelMap BC, the survey-aware, electronic map of all active titled parcels and surveyed Crown land parcels in British Columbia.
July 5, 2017
Our Leadership Transition
As you may know from previous articles, Barry Logan, the ICI Society’s Executive Director, retired on June 30th. Barry will be greatly missed by the ICI Society Board, Operations staff, and the many Society members who have worked with him over the years to bring about the incredible progress and expansion of data sharing initiatives within the Society.
Over the past 10 years, Barry’s leadership has energized a strong and expanding membership base and empowered his team to build automated and streamlined data sharing infrastructure (GeoShare), leverage the latest technology in online mapping (ICI Society Map Viewer 3.0), create cost-sharing and planning initiatives for infrastructure projects (Infrastructure Mains and Joint Infrastructure Works), develop geo-spatial point-based civic addressing (AddressBC) and an integrated cadastral fabric (ICI Society Cadastre) that is the foundation of the Land Title and Survey Authority’s ParcelMap BC.
Amongst all these accomplishments, Barry’s ability to reach out to all Society members through the User Conferences provided Society members with a unique opportunity to connect, create, share, solve, and help direct the future of data sharing.
The ICI Society Board, Operations staff and Members would like to express their thanks for the energy and dedication that Barry brought to his time at the ICI Society and wish him all the best in his future adventures.
As the Society continues the search for a new Executive Director, the Society’s Executive has asked Ann Archibald to serve as Acting Executive Director. The Executive thanks Ann for taking this on to ensure we have a smooth transition.
June 6, 2017
ParcelMap BC Now Available to ICI Society Members
In 2001 the ICI Society was formed to achieve a province-wide single cadastre. To this end, the Society has been working as a partner with the LTSA to achieve this goal, resulting in the recent agreement on Society member access to ParcelMap BC, the single, complete, trusted, and actively maintained cadastre for the province.
The ICI Society and the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) are pleased to announce the successful negotiation of this new agreement which allows the Society to open access to extracts of ParcelMap BC (PMBC) for all members. This agreement highlights the ongoing commitment of Society members to the sharing of geospatial information for the social and economic benefit of British Columbia.
PMBC is now available through ICI Society Data Services via the Data Catalog where the publication of the Province-wide Parcel Snapshot (see s.2.2.4 of the ParcelMap Direct Data Extract Product Specification) will be refreshed on a weekly schedule. The development of a new release of the Map Viewer containing PMBC as a distinct feature class is also in progress. Additional PMBC offerings, including availability of the time delta Real World Changes and Spatial Improvements are being investigated for future release to members.
With the availability of PMBC, ICI Society endorses the adoption and use of PMBC by all members and supports this aspiration with technical and financial resources.
The PMBC Case Studies are well underway to providing a resource for all members undertaking PMBC adoption or alignment. With four Local Governments of varied technical capacities participating, these Case Studies provide a spectrum of examples as a resource for other Local Governments’ assessment of PMBC adoption or alignment. Nanaimo, Sooke, Fraser-Fort George and Kitimat-Stikine have each provided an early review of the full suite of PMBC products, a business and technical analysis of adoption or alignment, cost/benefit projections and some initial implementation planning.
As well, their early observations have provided both the Society Operations team and the LTSA PMBC Operations team with critical feedback to help support the initiative more fully as well as highlighted potential improvements for the parcel fabric and related products to encourage adoption. A number of improvements have already been made.
The Society’s key role as a communication conduit for all members to share their questions and answers on PMBC adoption through the PMBC Forum and FAQs has also been highlighted through this process. Expanding on this role, the Society has helped each participant create a PMBC Member Story to detail their efforts and provide the broader membership with some insight into the work ahead.
“The ICI Society Board of Directors fully support LTSA and ParcelMap BC and encourage all members to welcome ParcelMap BC as these new geospatial products represent an enormous step forward for British Columbia.”
Elaine Dawson, ICI Society Board President
May 10, 2017
ICI Society Welcomes New Board Members
The ICI Society is pleased to welcome David Major and Aden Fulford as new Local Government representatives on the ICI Society Board of Directors. As well, a warm welcome is extended to Anthony Herman of Enbridge who joins the Board as a Utility representative.
New First Nations Member
The ICI Society is pleased to welcome our newest member, the Metlakatla First Nation. Metlakatla is a remote community located approximately 5 km Northwest of the City of Prince Rupert. The Metlakatla people have occupied and used the resources of the Skeena watershed, the Tsimpsean Peninsula and offshore islands, Work Channel, Portland Inlet and coastal areas surrounding modern day Prince Rupert since time immemorial
April 19, 2017
ICI SOCIETY MAP VIEWER
We are excited to continue delivery of integrated data services and one-stop access to shared data via this new Map Viewer 3.0 and the Data Catalog.
Check out the new ICI Society Map Viewer 3.0
Sign up for one of the following Introductory Webinars exploring this new offering:
Introducing the ICI Society Map Viewer 3.0:
Please note that the Map Viewer 2.0 will no longer be available after today so please change your bookmarks accordingly.
April 5, 2017
ICI SOCIETY MEMBER MAP VIEWER
Version 3.0 Coming Soon
ICI Society will be launching version 3.0 of the Member Map Viewer in mid-April to replace our current Silverlight Map Viewer 2.0.
Watch for the news release announcing the launch of this new version and please be aware that the ICI Society Map Viewer 2.0 will no longer be available once the ICI Society Map Viewer 3.0 is launched.
If you are interested in a sneak preview or additional assistance with the new Map Viewer tools, please contact Steve Mark, ICI Society Technical Coordinator.
March 15, 2017
Beta Testers Wanted
Beta testing is in full swing but we need more input from you, our users, to help us complete User Acceptance Testing for our new Map Viewer release.
• New Canfor layers – Roads and Cutblocks
• New aggregated Infrastructure Mains layer – Sanitary, Water and Storm
• New attribution for BC Hydro layers – data model update
• New attribution for TELUS layers – data model update
• New attribution for Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) layers – data model update
Please note that these data sets are available via the ICI Society Data Catalog while the Map Viewer 3.0 is in development.
Please contact Steve Mark to sign up for Beta testing and if you have any questions or feedback on this, or any other ICI Society initiative, please let us know.
ICI Society Welcomes New First Nations Members
We are pleased to welcome four new First Nations members to the ICI Society. These new additions bring us to a total of 55 First Nations Members.
Gitga’at First Nation
Gitga’at Territory encompasses roughly 7,500 square kilometres of land and water, including the mainland and coastal islands. Hartley Bay, the home community of the Gitga’at, lies about 90 miles southeast of Prince Rupert and 50 miles southwest of Kitimat, at the confluence of Grenville and Douglas Channels.
Lhatko Dene First Nation
The Lhtako Dene Nation is a Dakelh First Nations government located in the northern Fraser Canyon region of the Canadian province of British Columbia.
Shxw’ow’hamel First Nation
The Shxw’ow’hamel First Nation or Shxw’ow’hamel Band is a band government of the Sto:lo people located in the Upper Fraser Valley region near Hope, British Columbia, Canada.They are a member government of the Stó:lō Tribal Council.
Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation
Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (SXFN) is a community located in a semi-remote area on the the Fraser River, approximately 85 kilometers southwest of Williams Lake. They are made up of two distinct bands, Canoe Creek and Dog Creek.
March 6, 2017
A decade of reflection as I prepare to retire
Barry Logan, Executive Director
December, 2007 marked the beginning of a new career for me as I joined the Integrated Cadastral Information Society (ICI Society) as Executive Director. As I reflect on way back then or yesterday as it sometimes seems, the mandate was relatively straight forward in that the role of the Society was to solicit the membership of all local governments and regional districts in the Province and build an integrated cadastral data set from the multiple and disparate parcel fabrics as utilized throughout British Columbia. The second part of the mandate was to utilize my prior management experience to add more of a business acumen to the Society. At the time, the Society had approximately 60 members including the Province, BC Assessment and the major Utilities. Some local governments were on Board and the receipt of any parcel data was sporadic and manually processed. The work was just beginning.
Over the course of the last nine years, ICI Society has flourished, with continued growth in membership resulting in more shared data and equally valued collaboration. Today, ICI Society is proud to provide this value to the Province, BC Assessment, LTSA, 187 Local governments and regional districts, 54 First Nations, 10 major Utilities and 17 Associate Members. Having all of these different segments including Utility competitors working together for common geospatial needs makes the Society very unique not only in Canada but globally.
ICI Society Operations has evolved to include a dedicated team of 6 employees and 2 consultants who have delivered results and associated value far surpassing the original mandate. In addition to building and maintaining a complete integrated provincial parcel fabric known as the ICI Cadastre, the Society creates and maintains significant data services to aggregate and deliver many other land based feature classes and data sets as contributed by the individual and varied member organizations. These include assessment folio parcels, geospatial address points, utility and local government infrastructure. The reliance on these integrated geospatial data sets by the various member organizations to support their many business GIS requirements also proves to be cost effective due to the economies of scale that the Society’s one to many relationships generate. A very specific example of the value of the data is that the ICI Cadastre is being used as the seed data for ParcelMap BC currently in development by the Land Title and Survey Authority (LTSA). The provision of this seed data greatly expedited the creation of the new “single, complete, trusted and sustainable electronic map” by LTSA.
If I was asked to choose a single achievement that facilitated the success of these multiple data services, the answer would be the creation of GeoShare services that facilitate automated data sharing. Implementing Geoshare as a mandatory service to ensure timely, consistent and accurate electronic transfer of data to and from Society members creates the necessary trust demanded by data consumers and eliminates the burden for the contributors.
As I noted in a prior newsletter published earlier this year, the ICI Society commits significant resources to various member support initiatives such as:
- Marketing communications to promote and inform
- Member outreach to collaborate, educate and learn
- Grant program administration to fund improvement
- Board, Committee and Working Group support
These support initiatives can equal or surpass the value of the shared data by promoting the value associated with utilizing the shared data. High value is achieved through member networking and collaboration which results in important and trusting relationships. The obvious focus is on the integration and sharing of the geospatial data sets. However, communications, member stories and member outreach also integrate disparate organizations and their associated personnel for higher learning, collaboration, new relationships and partnering benefits.
Again, if I was asked to pick a specific support initiative that resonates the value of the Society, the answer would be the Regional User Conferences. The Regional User Conferences are key to facilitating broad participation in ICI Society initiatives and creating an environment for receiving feedback from the Society membership at large. The questions and feedback from each regional event are quite distinct, providing a localized perspective on member needs and priorities. ICI Society receives high value and feedback from the regional events which provides the intelligence required for planning to ensure the delivery of value by ICI Society for years to come.
So, why am I reflecting on this now? It is near time for me to focus on a new direction at this point in my life. These last nine plus years have been rewarding and productive and I take great pride in the work that has been accomplished and the unique value provided by the Society. I will complete my work with the Society in June of this year but would like to take the opportunity now to thank the Board, the employees and the members for this fulfilling experience and wish all Society stakeholders continued success in the years to come.
February 27, 2017
The ICI Society has been a key resource in the development and roll-out of ParcelMap BC, thanks to its mandate for collecting and integrating cadastral information from multiple sources and through its existing relationships with local governments, as well as utilities and other stakeholders who use this type of data.
“ICI Society has been pulling together cadastral data from local governments and other sources for years to create our geospatial data sets,” says Barry Logan, Executive Director, ICI Society. “This ongoing work resulted in an opportunity for us to play aninstrumental role in supporting ParcelMap BC. We were able to provide the seed cadastral data for the initial development of LTSA’s parcel fabric development. The Society has built up an incredible relationship with local governments across the province so we can now work with them as the supplier of ParcelMap BC and as a liaison to share local government needs with LTSA for continuous improvement of the data.”
Article originally published in EXCHANGE, a quarterly magazine published by the Local Government Management Association (LGMA), Winter 2017. Click to read more…
February 22, 2017
ICI Society Welcomes New Local Government Board Members
Please join us in welcoming two new Local Government Members to the ICI Society Board of Directors.
Columbia Shuswap Regional District
Peace River Regional District
Nisga’a Nation Represented by Nisga’a Lisims Government (NLG) Joins the ICI Society
The Nisga’a Nation, represented by Nisga’a Lisims Government (NLG) — a modern, forward-thinking administration based on traditional culture and values, has joined the ICI Society as a Local Government member.
Located on British Columbia’s rugged northwest coast, Nisga’a Lands are blessed with soaring mountains, dramatic lava beds, picturesque fjords, and thriving rivers and streams. The natural beauty of Nisga’a Lands is complemented by the Nisga’a Nation’s rich cultural traditions. Flying time from Vancouver International Airport to Terrace is 2 hours. From Terrace, the drive into the Nass Valley is approximately 100 km northwest on Nisga’a Highway 113 to the Nisga’a Village of Gitlaxt’aamiks (formerly New Aiyansh).
Click here to learn more about ICI Society Members.
Public Map Viewer
With the imminent release of the Member Map Viewer Version 3.0, ICI Society is announcing the end-of-life for the Public Map Viewer. As of March 31, 2017 the Public Map View will no longer be available. To access ICI Society information, member credentials will be required.
Click here to learn more about becoming a member of the ICI Society.
January 31, 2017
ICI Society Welcomes New First Nations Members
We are pleased to announce new Members – the Malahat First Nation and the Maiyoo Keyoh Society.
The Malahat Nation is located in one of the most beautiful regions of British Columbia, and Canada. The Nation represents approximately 300 members with two reserve lands located on the western shore of Saanich Inlet, south of the village of Mill Bay, about 40 kilometres north of Victoria.
The Maiyoo Keyoh serves as the legal entity to represent and communicate the interests of the Keyoh Holder (Hahul). The Maiyoo Keyoh is a 22,000 hectare area of land east of Fort St. James. For countless generations title is held by Hahul, the family head, a name that is passed on from generation to generation. Hahul is the holder of the aboriginal title to the lands and resources within the Maiyoo Keyoh territory.
Click here to learn more about ICI Society Members.
January 23, 2017
ICI Society Welcomes New Members
We are pleased to announce that the T’Sou-Ke Nation is now a member of the ICI Society. The T’Sou-Ke Nation is located on Vancouver Island around the Sooke Basin and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The T’Sou-ke Nation is a member of the Te-Mexw Treaty Association.
The T’Sou-Ke Nation operates a fisheries program, is known as Canada’s first Aboriginal solar community and are growers of wasabi, a popular spicy condiment used with sushi.
Also joining the Society as an Associate Member is the Port of Prince Rupert. The Prince Rupert Port Authority is mandated to support Canada’s trade activity by facilitating and expanding the movement of cargo and passengers. To achieve this goal, PRPA administers a large geographic area that includes approximately 1000 hectares of federal crown land for terminal-related development, as well as an associated harbour and coastline. Its development emphasizes long-term planning, integrating activities and proactively defining and reducing risk.
January 10, 2017
2016 Year in Review
Barry Logan, Executive Director
The Society Vision continues to stand the test of time and 2016 was indeed another productive year for the ICI Society in achievements that continue to support the vision:
“ICI Society is a leader in the sharing of geospatial information; driving collaboration, integration, adoption and use of spatial datafor the social economic benefit of British Columbia.”
The year literally evaporated as time continues to rocket by. Being busy certainly seems to act as an accelerant when it comes to the consumption of time. Significant efforts were made in 2016 on development and internal work to achieve measurable results and progress on the projects which were showcased during the 2015 conferences. A decision was made at the end of 2015 that the conversations started at the conferences would now be supported with associated results that all Society members will be able to benefit from going forward. These results are reflected in the work done on the various strategic projects and member support initiatives.
December 7, 2016
First Nations Membership Update
It has been a busy year at ICI Society in terms of Membership Outreach. In particular, First Nation membership has increased significantly over 2016. Since the beginning of the year 9 First Nations have become ICI Society members bring the total to 50. Another 8 First Nations are in the process of signing a Data Sharing Licence Agreement.
There has been a gap identified in acquiring geo-spatial data for First Nations pertaining to emergency response. Several ICI Society members are collaborating in a series of meetings to bring more First Nations on board and get a better understanding on how these data sets can be acquired and shared among the membership.
In early November, Steve Mark, Technical Coordinator at the Society, was fortunate to attend the inaugural First Nations Emergency Network workshop hosted by the Songhees Nations within the Capital Regional District. There were 9 First Nations in attendance along with representatives from the CRD, Emergency Management BC and the First Nation Health Authority. It was an amazing day filled with stories and discussion revolving around the need for emergency response plans and the coordination between the various stakeholders. The honourable, Deputy Minister Becky Denlinger was in attendance, showing her keen interest in working with First Nations to identify and understand how to best share this information.
Steve has also been coordinating with Ron Storie, Director of Community Services from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District who has been providing introductions to many First Nations within the Regional District. Steve has provided many webinars highlighting the benefits of joining ICI Society.
To wrap up the year Steve will represent the Society at a meeting in mid-December in support of the First Nations Data Assembly Project, stakeholders will include the First Nations Emergency Services Society, BC Wildfire, Data BC, Emergency Management BC, and the Ministry of Aboriginal Relation and Reconciliation.
As we move into the New Year we look forward to increasing outreach to First Nations and collaborating with the all the stakeholders involved.
Invitation to First Nations Members
First Nations members are invited to contact Steve Mark to schedule an Introductory Webinar to Working with DataBC and their Address GeoCoder.
ICI Society Welcomes New First Nations’ Members
Please join us in welcoming the Lake Cowichan First Nation and the Uchucklesaht Tribe to the ICI Society.
Lake Cowichan First Nation Native people live around the shores of Cowichan Lake. The name comes from a Halkomelem word meaning “warm country” or “land warmed by the sun”. Originally both Cowichan Lake and settlement were known simply as Kaatza, for “big lake”. The band is part of the Salishan linguistic group.
The Uchucklesaht Tribe has two villages that are situated approximately 24 miles down the Barkley Sound, southwest from Port Alberni. The first village is immediately past the Uchucklesaht Inlet on the West side of Barkley Sound, named “Cowishulth”. The second village is located at the head of Uchucklesaht Inlet and is named “Hilthatis”.
November 23, 2016
Members Making it Happen – GeoBC
November 21, 2016
PMBC Case Studies
While Land Title and Survey Authority (LTSA) continues to roll out ParcelMap BC across the province according to the PMBC Increment Schedule, the Society is working to provide access, insight and assistance to help members benefit from this new parcel fabric.
Over the last few months the Society has seen increased interest in PMBC, leading to questions around the availability of this new LTSA offering. As mentioned in earlier articles, the Society’s plans are to provide PMBC via existing ICI Society Data Services and while the details of Society member access to PMBC are being worked through, the Society has now integrated DataBC’s PMBC Open Data web service (NAD83) into an online PMBC Open Data Map Viewer for members to view the PMBC Open Data along with the ICF and ICI Cadastre.
For a more in-depth assessment of PMBC certain Local Government members have been busy taking part in our PMBC Case Study that will provide an essential first step and a proof of concept to help other Local Government members leverage PMBC.
By generously offering their time to work through these PMBC Case Studies, staff from the City of Nanaimo, Kitimat Stikine Regional District, Fraser Fort George Regional District and the District of Sooke serve to represent different types of Local Governments; a large municipality, an ICF maintained Regional District, a large Regional District with 911 components and a smaller Local Government with in-house maintained cadastre.
Each Case Study will include a description of the business and technical environment of each participant, an assessment of the PMBC products, including PMBC Open Data available via DataBC, an analysis of the use and integration of PMBC through either Adoption or Alignment as supported by the BC Assessment Grant Program for PMBC, and any lessons learned through the Case Study. The results, anticipated for early 2017, will provide a ‘workbook’ on the varied approaches to PMBC implementation based on this sample of Local Government types and will also help to clarify member requirements for delivery of PMBC through ICI Society Data Services.
FortisBC and BCHydro have joined the PMBC Case Study working group as their investment in the collaborative Joint Infrastructure Works project increases the importance for infrastructure data alignment, conflation and an understanding of PMBC implementation. As well, the participation of the LTSA PMBC build team, GeoBC’s Parcel Fabric Section and BC Assessment (BCA) provides direct access to expertise on the PMBC fabric, the ICF and the BCA Grant Program for PMBC. Because of the value of the feedback coming out of the Case Study work, questions and challenges are also being added to the PMBC Q & A Forum for comment and response by all Society members with resolved items added to the PMBC FAQs.
October 5, 2016
Facilitating Dynamic and Constructive Conversation
By: Barry Logan, Executive Director
The ICI Society flourishes when its members are actively engaged in Society projects thru collaboration and communication.
Delivering on Society strategic initiatives is dependent on these abilities. When there is a breakdown or disconnect in any of these processes, the ability to deliver the expected results is impeded.
There are several key initiatives that rely on the dependency of the members to interact and communicate in order to converse on initiatives. Being able to query on specifics and interact with other stakeholders to receive timely and accurate responses is always a challenge. The Society endeavors to bring the various stakeholders together in the form of working groups, webinars and conferences/workshops to ensure that facilitation and collaboration are occurring. However, these current processes are not always that expedient and are completely dependent on the availability of the appropriate parties.
Various collaboration tools have been introduced but the take up on their use has not been that successful to date.
Society Operations has invested in constructing discussion areas that are easily accessible via the “Member Only” SharePoint site. Going forward, Operations will be “pushing” the use of these subject specific discussions by using them during working group sessions, webinars and workshops to encourage their interactive use. We will initiate these conversations by:
- Ensuring that all subject specific questions are entered into the specific discussion area by the question author.
- Endeavoring to have the answer provided by the subject matter expert (if available).
- Establishing notifications to ensure that all interested parties are informed of new discussion content.
- Encouraging involvement.
It is no surprise that the questions and corresponding answers are not limited to a single benefactor and that good questions and answers foster broader conversations yielding higher interest, participation and stronger results.
Please participate as we endeavor to facilitate the process and help the Society in facilitating the important, dynamic and constructive conversations as we work together to achieve high value for all Society stakeholders.
Please access the latest discussions by using the following links – you will need a valid login and password to access this information:
As always, thank you for your support and participation.
September 20, 2016
Build Relationships & Improve GIS Data for your Constituents
The ICI Society is looking for willing, knowledgeable and committed Local Government employees to join our Board and participate in the leadership of the Society. As a board member of the ICI Society you will be working with leaders from other local governments, the Provincial government, Utilities, First Nations and will be involved in driving the future direction of the Society. If you are a team player who is committed to improving the delivery of geospatial information to your citizens and colleagues this role may be for you. Up to 3 positions available. Declare your interest and receive more information by sending an e-mail to Steve Botham, ICI Society Past President & Local Government Board Member.
September 1, 2016
Society has been invited to speak at the inaugural East Kootenay GIS User Group meeting in September. Steve Mark, our Technical Coordinator, will be attending to provide an introduction to the Society and the Data Services available to each member as well as giving an update on our key initiatives including Infrastructure Mains, AddressBC Data Quality and Joint Infrastructure Works. Attendees will also be able to learn about our newest initiative to identify Areas of Interest for Ortho-Imagery and our support of PMBC.
As this is the first meeting of this GIS User Group it will be a great opportunity to kick-off what will hopefully be a regular opportunity to connect, network and learn from other GIS professionals and further collaborate on many of the following disciplines:
- Emergency Management
- Addressing/parcel management
- Asset management
- Web mapping
- Field data collection
- GIS tools/software
If you have any questions on the event or are interested in attending, please contact Nicole Jung, RDEK.
September 1, 2016
Please join us in welcoming three new First Nations members to the Society.
Huu-ay-aht First Nations
The Huu-ay-aht First Nations main community is at Anacla (43.5 hectares), located on the west coast of Vancouver Island at Pachena Bay.
The Lower Village is built on the Pachena River flood plain and has been affected by flooding events. It consists of:45 dwelling units – leased to Citizens.
- Gas bar – leased to Huu-ay-aht Development Corporation.
- Community facilities.
- Pawaats (Child care) – building with playground and fenced area.
- Public Works buildings – small shed and carving shed used for storage and maintenance.
- Soaring Eagle Community Centre.
The Upper Anacla Village (42.5 hect.), to the northwest of the Pachena River, is where the Nation has committed to building its future. It is situated at a higher elevation above the Tsunami inundation zone.
Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ First Nations
The Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ (pronounced Kie-YOU-cut and TSHEH-kleh-szet) First Nations is located on the Pacific west coast of Vancouver Island. The territory stretches from Porritt Creek, north of Nootka Sound, to Solander Island at the tip of Brooks Peninsula; inland to the height of land and seaward to the point where you can no longer see land while standing in a canoe.
The two Nations came together in the early 1960s. Together, they are the northern most of 14 Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations occupying approximately 300 acres of Vancouver Island’s Pacific coast. Like the other Nuu-chah-nulth Nations, the Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ First Nations are confederacies, comprised of several chiefly families.
Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation
Located on the Southwest coast of Vancouver Island, in and around the community of Ucluelet, Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ has control over approximately 250 hectares of former Reserve lands and an additional 5147 hectares of former provincial Crown lands, plus 92 hectares of fee-simple owned lands. There are additional provincial Crown lands identified in the Treaty that Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ may purchase within 15 years of the Treaty Effective Date.
Ucluth Development Corporation oversees the businesses owned and, or operated by the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ. Here are some of the business activities:
- Wya Point Surf Shop & Cafe
- Wya Point Resort: campground with yurts, tent and RV parking. Coming soon: luxury lodges at Ucluth beach.
- Wya Welcome Centre with gift shop, coffee bar and garden market
- Kʷisitis gift shop at Wickanninish Beach (Coming Soon– Kʷisitis Restaurant)
- Lost Shoe Creek Commercial Development
- Thornton Motel, Ucluelet.
August 18, 2016
Call for Beta Testers for Map Viewer 3.0
We are looking for Beta testers over a two week period starting August 29th and ending September 9th to help us complete User Acceptance Testing for our new Map Viewer release.
- New Canfor layers – Roads and Cutblocks
- New aggregated Infrastructure Mains layer – Sanitary, Water and Storm
- New attribution for BC Hydro layers – data model update
- New attribution for TELUS layers – data model update
- New attribution for Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) layers – data model update
Please note that these data sets are available via the ICI Society Data Catalog while the Map Viewer 3.0 is in development.
July 26, 2016
PMBC Physical Data Model
The much anticipated ParcelMap Direct Data Model and ParcelMap Direct Data Extract Product Specification is now available for ICI Society members.
As key stakeholders in ParcelMap BC (PMBC), ICI Society members share a keen interest in the progress of the PMBC build and incremental roll-out across the province. Now the physical data model is available for Society members to take a detailed look at what type of information will be made available through the Land Title and Survey Authority’s (LTSA) new authoritative parcel fabric.
Development and testing to integrate PMBC into ICI Society Data Services is underway on the Society’s PMBC Replicate project which will provide a GeoShare conduit between LTSA’s PM Direct and the ICI Society Data Services. Specifically, this initial offering of PMBC data will provide the parcel fabric for consumption through the Data Catalog and the fall release of ICI Society Map Viewer 3.0.
With PMBC integration into ICI Society Data Services comes the challenge of how members will fully utilize the new parcel fabric and benefit from the BC Assessment (BCA) Grant Program funding designed to support Local Government adoption of PMBC.
To address this challenge, Local Government adoption Case Studies are in the works to assess, utilize and provide feedback on PMBC and the BCA Grant Program and provide a proof of concept to help other Local Government members achieve PMBC adoption success.
In order to have the PMBC Case Studies represent a broad range of technical environments, we are seeking additional Local Governments willing to participate. Please contact ICI Society staff if your jurisdiction is interested in participating.
July 13, 2016
Local Government Infrastructure Mains Data Now Available
A top priority for the ICI Society is broadening the type of data shared by our members leading to collaborative data improvement, efficiencies and cost savings.
The Joint Infrastructure Project is just such an initiative where members sharing Infrastructure data can more easily identify opportunities for coordination and cost sharing on Infrastructure Projects while reducing service disruption for both constituents and clients.
The first data to be made available via this initiative is the Local Government Infrastructure Mains (Infrastructure Mains) layer now available via ICI Society Data Services. The Infrastructure Mains geospatial data includes information on local government’s water, sewage and storm drains.
Currently, over 40 Local Governments have worked with Society staff to extend their GeoShare data delivery to include Infrastructure data, with many more expressing interest in joining this initiative and expanding coverage for this new layer.
As the implementation of GeoShare to capture Local Government Infrastructure Mains rolls through the province, further work is underway to create a Joint Infrastructure Works layer that will provide tools to assist coordinated planning of Infrastructure Projects where many of our members see high value.
Explore this new data layer and find out more about how you can participate by:
- Viewing the data through the ICI Society Map Viewer 2.0 using the ‘Browse’ tool and selecting the Infrastructure Mains layer from the a la carte options.
- Downloading the data via the ICI Society Data Catalog.
- Accessing the ICI Society IF Mains and the Joint Infrastructure Works Data Profiles.
- Contacting Society staff:
- for assistance in setting up GeoShare for Infrastructure Mains data submission; or,
- to undertake a Case Study to help quantify real-world cost savings through joint Infrastructure planning.
If you have any questions or feedback on this, or any other ICI Society initiative, please let us know. And remember to watch for our new Map Viewer 3.0 coming this fall with full integration of the Local Government Infrastructure Mains data amongst other new data additions.
July 5, 2016
An ongoing initiative for the Society is building and improving AddressBC as the central authoritative, accurate and accessible point-based civic address registry for British Columbia. Use of AddressBC data in emergency planning and customer service not only relies on the quality of address data available through the Society’s Data Services but also relies on the permitted use of address data. As members work to expand and improve the quality of AddressBC the potential uses of AddressBC increase, along with its value, as new business applications can be developed using this rich and essential data-set.
If you have not already received a copy of the AddressBC Addendum at one of our User Conferences, please assist this important initiative by:
1. downloading the AddressBC Addendum;
2. reviewing the Addendum;
3. contacting ICI Society staff if you have any questions;
4. circulating to the appropriate signatory for your organization;
5. returning the signed AddressBC Addendum to ICI Society.
ICI Society staff will be contacting data providers in the near future with more information on this initiative. Questions and additional information arising from this initiative will also be available on the AddressBC Addendum FAQs site.
Civic address data that is openly shared is a clear objective of ICI Society members and supports local government’s commitment to the safety and economic well-being of its citizens.
June 1, 2016
ICI Society Prepares for New Map Viewer
ICI Society is in the process of developing a new version of the ICI Society Map Viewer. In order to implement ICI Society Map Viewer 3.0 on schedule any new feature classes or schema changes in data delivered via GeoShare will be not be updated/reflected until the new Web Map. This will also include data available in our Data Catalog. The ICI Society Map Viewer 3.0 is scheduled to be released in September 2016.
Below is a list of items that will interupt the regular publication of data:
- Data Model/schema change
- Additional feature classes(s)
- Cartography change
- Request of feature class name change(s) in Data Catalog and ICI Society Map Viewer 3.0
Please have your Data Custodian provide an updated Data Profile. If you have any questions, please contact Steve Mark.
May 25, 2016
ParcelMap BC Data to be Available Through ICI Society’s GeoShare Service
Many ICI Society members following the progress of the ParcelMap BC Increments throughout the province are eager to see the results for their areas of interest as each increment is completed.
As one of the key stakeholders in PMBC, the Society will be receiving the PMBC fabric via LTSA’s ParcelMap Direct Service. This exclusive service is scheduled for availability to the Society on June 20, 2016, for areas of the Province currently available.
Once PMBC data is made available through this LTSA service, it will be integrated into the Society’s GeoShare suite of services enabling the PMBC fabric to be available to Society members via the ICI Society Data Catalog and Web Map Viewer.
These resources are readily available for up-to-date information:
- The PMBC milestones blog on the ICI Society website.
- The member-only Data Services site that contains the PMBC FAQs and PMBC Data Models as they are made available.
- ICI Society Headline News where signing up will ensure that you receive the latest information on all Society initiatives.
Feel free to give the ICI Society staff a call at any time regarding our progress on this initiative. We’re always glad to hear from our members.
May 17, 2016
Members Making It Happen – FortisBC
FortisBC touches the lives of their customers every day by providing the energy needed for their homes, schools and businesses. They deliver electricity, natural gas and propane safely and reliably, at the lowest possible cost.
FortisBC serves approximately 1.1 million customers in more than 135 communities. They are a regulated, Canadian owned utility, and deliver more energy than any other in British Columbia, approximately 21 percent of the total energy consumed. This is accomplished by more than 2,260 employees all focused on quality, service and customer satisfaction.
Piet Nooij, GIS Project Manager at FortisBC is a long-time member of the team, starting his career with BC Gas in May of 1998. He was brought on-board for the Automated Mapping Facility Management (AMFM) at BC Gas when the company moved their asset information from paper and CAD to a comprehensive Geographical Information System.
Piet recalls a meeting held in November of 1998; “This meeting and several others after, were attended by representatives from BC Hydro, BC Gas, TELUS, BC Government, the City of Surrey and others. It was the start of the discussions around the exchange of GIS data. These meetings were where the seed was planted for the Integrated Cadastral Information Society (ICI Society).”
Click here to read the rest of the story.
April 12, 2016
Data Quality & Completeness – AddressBC
During the 2015 User Conference series many of you participated in the panel discussion on AddressBC data quality and completeness. And now, the recent run of Geocoder Q/A and Correlation Reports provides additional information for address managers to improve data quality, and collaboration with DataBC is helping to complete province-wide coverage for AddressBC.
With the help of Brian Kelsey of DataBC, the Operations team has been conducting webinars to introduce Local Governments with non-spatial address data to DataBC’s Physical Address Geocoder to produce spatial point address data that can be used to populate AddressBC.
Brian has welcomed this opportunity to work with Society members on getting their data into AddressBC where for the first time, many smaller Local Governments and First Nations can view their address data spatially in relation to cadastral, assessment and utility data.
Just another great example of ICI Society collaboration!
If you are maintaining non-spatial address data and would like to coordinate a webinar to learn about DataBC’s Geocoder, please let us know by contacting Steve Mark, Technical Coordinator.
April 4, 2016
New Change Detection Q/A for Address BC
Over the past year the Society has seen an increased interest in improving the data shared by Society members. In 2015 new Q/A for AddressBC was introduced to provide additional tools for address data managers and now, AddressBC Q/A processes have been further enhanced with change-detection functionality.
Using DataBC’s Physical Address Geocoder as part of the GeoShare processes for address data submissions, provides a Geocoder Correlation report to help address managers identify anomalies within AddressBC and inconsistencies between AddressBC and the Digital Road Atlas.
While full Geocoder Correlation reports are still run with each release of the Physical Address Geocoder, the newly developed Change-Only reporting, run quarterly throughout the year means data managers can work with a smaller set of results to focus analysis on recent changes.
If you are an ICI Society member who consumes or contributes AddressBC data, help to improve the data quality for all Society members by registering to receive notifications for both the full Geocoder Correlation reporting and Changes-Only Q/A and:
For more information on AddressBC, the Physical Address Geocoder and the Geocoder Correlation reports please contact Ann Archibald, Program Coordinator, ICI Society.
March 21, 2016
ParcelMap BC Logical Data Model
ICI Society is pleased to be working toward delivering one-stop access to the completed ParcelMap BC (PMBC) fabric currently in development by the Land Title & Survey Authority (LTSA). Once complete, PMBC will be made available to members through the ICI Society Data Catalog and Member Web Map.
In preparation, Society members can now view and download the logical data model for PMBC from the new Data Services site along with additional information on PMBC including; Progress Reports, FAQs and the BCA Grant Program, by using their ICI Society credentials.
Click here for news on ParcelMap BC and the BC Assessment Grant Program for PMBC.
March 16, 2016
City of Surrrey Preparing for ParcelMap BC with New Survey Data Specs
Surrey is staying ahead of the curve and preparing for the arrival of ParcelMap BC (PMBC) with the introduction of a new conversion process that will allow them to adopt PMBC submission standards for survey data. Land surveyors, working in Surrey, will soon be able to satisfy the needs of both PMBC and Surrey with a single set of submission data.
Since 2002, the City of Surrey has required that land surveyors provide AutoCAD versions of the plans they’ve prepared for surveys in Surrey. The specifications for AutoCAD submissions in Surrey were developed to seamlessly integrate the cadastral information into the City’s GIS.
Overall, this is an efficient process that the City has been using for years but with the introduction of ParcelMap BC (PMBC), land surveyors throughout the province will be required to submit electronic versions of their plans to the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA). As the electronic submission specifications required by PMBC are formatted to support the construction and maintenance of the PMBC parcel fabric they are somewhat different than the standards used by Surrey.
In an effort to avoid the need for land surveyors in Surrey to prepare two separate, unique, electronic submissions, the City is testing a conversion process which should allow them to adopt the PMBC submission standards.
The City of Surrey looks to leverage other PMBC opportunities as the project outcomes are delivered and is anticipating the availability of PMBC through ICI Society membership and the opportunities and high value that this new parcel fabric will bring.
Click here to learn more about ParcelMap BC.
March 16, 2016
Welcome New First Nations Members
Please join us in welcoming our newest First Nations Members – the Council of Haida Nation, the N’quatqua Band and the Toquaht Nation.
Our newest members are part of surge in First Nations participation in the ICI Society that has almost doubled since 2011.
Haida Gwai is a tradtional territory of the Haida Nation. It is located 100 kilometers west of the northern coast of British Columbia and is an isolated group of over 200 islands, large and small, totaling approximately 3,750 square miles or 1,000,000 hectares. The Haida people make up half of the population of the islands.
The N’quatqua Band is part of the St’át’imc First Nation. Their community is located at the head of Anderson Lake, about 42 km northeast of Pemberton and about 197 km from the City of Vancouver. Incredible views of mountain peaks and pristine waters combine to create a paradise that is unmatched.
The Toquaht are the people of Toquaht Bay, Mayne Bay and western Barkley Sound, and are one of the Nuu-chah-nulth Nations who have lived along Vancouver Island’s west coast for over 10,000 years. The Toquaht Nation is one of the smallest of the Nuu-chah-nulth Nations with about 150 citizens.
See a full list of First Nation members of ICI Society.
March 16, 2016
Cowichan Tribes Leverage ICI Society Membership
Cowichan Tribes became a member of the ICI Society in 2010. Known as “The People of the Warm Land”, they are 5,000+ members strong and are the largest single First Nation Band in British Columbia. About half of the population lives on-reserve with a large percentage of the population under the age of 35.
The ‘Warm Land’ is the name given to the Cowichan Valley region of Vancouver Island. The total reserve area is approximately 2,400 hectares (5,900 acres) and is comprised of nine reserves and seven main traditional villages.
Cowichan Tribes primary goal is to improve the health, safety and quality of life of community members through providing a variety of essential services. Read more and download your own copy.
January 27, 2016
2015 User Conference Wrap-Up
2015 was a great year for the ICI Society Conference series themed Optimizing Value for Your Organization.
The Regional User Conferences are key to facilitating broad participation in ICI Society initiatives and creating an environment for receiving feedback from the Society membership at large.
Eight events were held throughout the province in 2015. Attendance for each event exceeded expectation with participation coming from all member segment organizations. In addition, attendance from other departments within the represented organizations indicates success in one Society goal of extending reach and value within member organizations. More