ParcelMap BC News

July 5, 2018

ICI Society & LTSA Announce ParcelMap BC Adoption Working Group Participants

The ICI Society and the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) are pleased to announce the creation of the ParcelMap BC (PMBC) Adoption Working Group (AWG). This group convened for a kick-off meeting on June 20th 2018 and is represented by participants from the following organizations:

  • Resort Municipality of Whistler
  • Kitimat Stikine Regional District
  • Powell River Regional District
  • City of Penticton
  • City of Surrey
  • District of Sooke
  • BC Hydro
  • FortisBC
  • BC Assessment
  • Association of BC Land Surveyors
  • Ministry of Forest, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (GeoBC – Parcel Fabric Section and Lands Branch)
  • Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure (Property & Lands Management and Information Management Branches)
  • Ministry of Jobs, Trade & Technology (DataBC)
  • Agricultural Land Commission

The creation of AWG is a key part of a collaborative plan to support the province-wide adoption of PMBC. The AWG will act as a forum where participating organizations will collaborate with facilitators and each other to discuss challenges and identify solutions for the successful province-wide adoption of ParcelMap BC. The working sessions will also help to identify value-added products and services that will enhance the value of ParcelMap BC to their organization.

Participants will advocate for the interests of peer organizations representing local governments, provincial ministries and agencies, utilities, land surveyors and other parcel fabric users in work group sessions. The first in-person workshop for this group is scheduled for mid-September.

If you would like to contact the PMBC AWG please e-mail group facilitators at pmbc.awg@icisociety.ca


May 24, 2018

ICI Society Announces Creation of PMBC Adoption Working Group

To support the province-wide adoption of ParcelMap BC the Land Title and Survey Authority of BC (LTSA) and the ICI Society have developed a collaborative plan that includes facilitating a ParcelMap BC Adoption Working Group (AWG).

The AWG will act as a forum where participating organizations will collaborate with facilitators to identify challenges and solutions for the successful province-wide adoption of ParcelMap BC. The discussions will also help to identify value-added products and services that will enhance the value of ParcelMap BC.

The composition of the AWG will include 15-20 participants representing Local Governments, large Utilities, the Provincial Government, BC Assessment, Land Surveyors and other Organizations who can realize benefits from ParcelMap BC adoption. Participants will represent the interests of peer organizations in regular work group sessions. A kick-off meeting in June will precede regular meeting schedules beginning in September.


April 25, 2018

City of Kimberley Adopts ParcelMap BC

With the support of the ICI Society, Kimberley’s Planning Department has chosen to fully adopt ParcelMap BC (PMBC), the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia’s current, complete and trusted visual representation of titled and Crown land parcels in BC as their primary cadastral layer. The adoption of ParcelMap BC has allowed Kimberley to improve the speed and efficiency of land-related research, planning and business decisions.

Click here to read the full story and to download a copy.


January 24, 2018

Resort Municipality of Whistler Adopts ParcelMap BC

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is a destination resort community, local government organization and leader in providing municipal programs, services, progressive planning and infrastructure for almost 12,000 residents and three million annual visitors. Situated in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Whistler’s vision: to be the premier mountain resort community as we move towards sustainability.

The RMOW became a member of the ICI Society (Integrated Cadastral Information Society) in 2008, but have had some component of GIS in place since the early 2000’s. Vanessa Pocock is the GIS Coordinator for the RMOW. Reporting to the Information Technology Manager at Whistler, Vanessa’s main role is providing support to internal departments through the creation of dynamic mapping products, the use of which allow the organization to better serve the community at large. Examples include the creation and maintenance of public-facing mapping products on the Whistler website like the Whistler Parking and Winter Valley Trail Maps.

With the support of the ICI Society, GIS at the RMOW recently chose to fully adopt ParcelMap BC (PMBC) as their primary cadastral layer. The RMOW have now completely discontinued their use of the Integrated Cadastral Fabric (ICF), produced by GeoBC’s Parcel Fabric section on behalf of ICI Society. ParcelMap BC improves the speed and efficiency of land-related research, planning and business decisions through a current, complete, and trusted spatial representation of the cadastre in British Columbia. ParcelMap BC integrates nearly 2.2 million titled and Crown land parcels across the province, making it one of the world’s largest and most complex applications of survey-aware fabric.

Click here to read the whole story and to download a copy. 


November 8, 2017

PMBC Adoption Support

The ICI Society and the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) are working in partnership to provide Society members with access to ParcelMap BC (PMBC) and to encourage adoption of PMBC as the single, complete, trusted, and actively maintained cadastre for the province.

A weekly refresh of PMBC province-wide Parcel Snapshot is available on the ICI Society Data Catalog, and provides members with the core elements of PMBC data so that each member can assess cost effective use of PMBC within their specific business and technical environments.

Early assessments of PMBC undertaken by four Local Governments and two Utility members through Case Studies have provided ICI Society members with feedback on potential adoption strategies. As Case Study participants continue to work towards PMBC adoption to provide supportive examples for other members, the ICI Society Operations team is expanding their hands-on support for Local Government members interested in beginning their own PMBC adoption effort.

The Society’s PMBC Adoption Support for Local Government members often begins with outreach to Local Governments who have downloaded PMBC’s province-wide Parcel Snapshot from the Data Catalog. The purpose of this initial contact is to help with any questions members may have regarding PMBC in general, and to review the expanded use of PMBC granted by the LTSA to Local Government Society members.

Operations staff then work with Local Governments to identify what elements of the PMBC product suite are required by each member. To streamline customized data-transfer, a ParcelMap BC order processing extension for GeoShare is being developed to deliver regularly-scheduled, customized PMBC product packages to ICI Society members.  These GeoShare product orders for PMBC select from the complete suite of offerings provided by LTSA’s ParcelMap Direct interface, that provides a rich set of data format, scale, spatial reference, and temporal (change) product options to support diverse business and technical needs.

With this PMBC Adoption Support strategy, the ICI Society continues to promote and endorse the adoption and use of PMBC by all members with the goal of full scale, province-wide adoption by the end of 2022.

Please contact ICI Society staff with questions regarding PMBC GeoShare delivery or contribute to the PMBC Forum to share your insights on PMBC adoption.

Learn more about ParcelMap BC

Esri Canada User Conference – Vancouver 2017

Thursday November 9, 2017

Topic: ParcelMap BC is Fully Operational – FAQs and What’s Next?

Speakers:

Brian Greening, Director, ParcelMap BC Operations, LTSA

Steve Mark, Technical Coordinator, ICI Society

View Esri User Conference 2017 interview with Mike Thomson

Check out Esri Canada’s ArcNorthNews – Mapping British Columbia’s Parcel Fabric (Page 20)


September 27, 2017

Learn More About ParcelMap BC at Local Government Events Next Week

The Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) will be providing a business overview of ParcelMap BC, the award winning intuitive electronic map that visually represents land title and survey information for parcels across British Columbia:

For Local Government CAOs and Administrators:

LGMA CAO Breakfast

How ParcelMap BC Can Help Your Local Government

Thursday, September 28 at 8am

Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront – Cordova Ballroom

Presenter:

    Mike Thomson, Surveyor General of BC

For Local Government IT and GIS Professionals:

MISA BC Fall 2017 Conference(includes a complete product demonstration)

How ParcelMap BC Can Help Your Local Government

Thursday, September 28 at 11:20am

Victoria Convention Centre – Oak Bay Room

Presenter:

    Brian Greening, Director of ParcelMap BC Operations


July 5, 2017

ParcelMap BC Initial Build Now Complete

The Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) has announced the completion of the initial build of the ParcelMap BC parcel fabric compilation. The local government areas of Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and UBC Endowment Lands were published on June 29, 2017, marking the final delivery of 18 increments over 14 cycles to fully represent over two million active titled and surveyed provincial Crown land parcels in ParcelMap BC.

Over the past 3 years, the LTSA has worked hard to consolidate disparate sources of existing parcel information and compile missing elements. An ongoing operations and maintenance framework has also been established to develop the single, complete, trusted and sustainable visual representation of lands within a given parcel and its relationship to adjacent parcels. Now, the ParcelMap BC infrastructure is available as the foundation from which further layers and connected pieces of land information can be built to benefit BC.


June 14, 2017

ParcelMap BC Adds 13 More Local Governments into its Operations Environment

The Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) recently acknowledged the acceptance of Increment B into the ParcelMap BC Operations environment. Increment B consists of 13 local government areas, as follows:

  • Maple Ridge
  • Pitt Meadows
  • Port Coquitlam
  • Coquitlam
  • Port Moody
  • Anmore
  • Belcarra
  • District of North Vancouver
  • City of North Vancouver
  • West Vancouver
  • Bowen Island
  • Lions Bay
  • Richmond

The June 2017 scheduled completion of the fabric is nearing, with only one increment remaining in the Greater Vancouver area. BC will soon have a survey-aware, complete, comprehensive and actively maintained parcel fabric that forms a reliable foundation for economic growth throughout the province.

Click here to read more about PMBC availability for Society members.


May 10, 2017

ParcelMap BC Increment ‘A’ Now Available in Operations Environment

The Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) recently acknowledged the acceptance of Increment A into the ParcelMap BC Operations environment. Increment A consists of the Township of Langley, City of Langley, Corporation of Delta, City of Surrey, City of White Rock, and the lands of the Tsawwassen First Nation.

The fabric is nearing its June 2017 scheduled completion, with only two increments remaining in the Greater Vancouver area. BC will soon have a survey-aware, complete, comprehensive and actively maintained parcel fabric that forms a reliable foundation for economic growth throughout the province.


April 5, 2017

Regional Districts Added to PMBC

The Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) recently acknowledged the acceptance of two more parcel fabric increments (Increments No. 14 & No. 15) into ParcelMap BC, bringing the Fraser Valley, Powell River, Squamish-Lillooet and Sunshine Coast regional districts into its operations environment. They are now available through standard ParcelMap BC service channels.

It is an exciting time as the ParcelMap BC fabric nears completion in June 2017. British Columbia will soon have a survey-aware, complete, comprehensive and actively maintained parcel fabric that forms a reliable foundation for economic growth throughout the province. All that remains is the operationalization of the Greater Vancouver region over the next few months.


January 31, 2017

Thompson-Nicola, Central Okanagan & Okanagan Similkameen Added to ParcelMap BC

The Land Title and Survey Authority of BC (LTSA) recently announced acceptance of two more parcel fabric increments, (Increments No. 10 & No. 13) bringing the Thompson-Nicola, Central Okanagan and Okanagan Similkameen regional districts into the ParcelMap BC Operations Environment.

These increments round out an exceptional year of progress toward the quality delivery of over 2 million active titled and surveyed provincial Crown land parcels in ParcelMap BC. Since January 2016, twenty two (22) regional districts have been added into the environment contributing to completion of the parcel fabric in 2017.

See the schedule at https://ltsa.ca/online-services/parcelmap-bc-increments.


 

November 17, 2016

7 More Regional Districts Added to PMBC

The Land Title and Survey Authority (LTSA) recently acknowledged the acceptance and publication of seven more regional districts (being Increments No. 4 & No. 8) into ParcelMap BC, bringing the Alberni-Clayoquot, Comox Valley, Mount Waddington, Strathcona, Peace River plus the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality and Stikine region into the LTSA’s Operations environment. These areas have been updated with catch-up plans and other parcel changes and are now available in ParcelMap BC service channels. The increments add significant geographic coverage to the provincial parcel fabric as the LTSA continues its progress toward completion of a single, complete, trusted and sustainable electronic map of parcels in BC.

Another significant milestone to recognize is that, as of November 1, 2016, the final increment, Increment C (covering the cities of Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and the UBC Endowment lands), has entered the compilation phase. Inclusion of all parcels is now complete with parcels either in the published ParcelMap BC fabric or under construction.

The remaining regions of the province will become available in regular incremental intervals until the ParcelMap BC fabric is complete – see the schedule at https://ltsa.ca/online-services/parcelmap-bc-increments.


October 13, 2016

ParcelMap BC Announces New Increments

ParcelMap BC recently announced acceptance of two more parcel fabric increments (Increments No. 11 & No. 12) into ParcelMap BC, bringing the Columbia-Shuswap, East Kootenay, North Okanagan, Central Kootenay and Kootenay Boundary Regional Districts into our Operations environment.

ParcelMap BC will account for over 2 million active titled and surveyed Provincial Crown land parcels when compilation is complete in mid-2017. These Regional Districts represent continued progress toward providing a single, complete, trusted and sustainable electronic map of parcels in BC.

Ten more Regional Districts will become available by the end of this year – see the schedule at https://ltsa.ca/online-services/parcelmap-bc-increments.


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.


May 25, 2016

Kitimat-Stikine & Skeena-Queen Charlotte Added to ParcelMap BC

The Land Title and Survey Authority (LTSA) recently announced the acceptance of two more parcel fabric increments (Increments No. 7 & No. 9) into ParcelMap BC, bringing the Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Cariboo and Central Coast Regional Districts into the Operations environment. These increments can be accessed by land surveyors through ParcelMap BC Search for Land Surveyors in myLTSA Enterprise.

ParcelMap BC will account for over 2 million active titled and surveyed Provincial Crown land parcels when compilation is complete in spring 2017. The acceptance into operational maintenance of the local government areas within these Regional Districts represents continued progress toward providing a single, complete, trusted and sustainable electronic map of parcels in BC.

The remaining regions of the Province will become available in regular incremental intervals until the ParcelMap BC fabric is complete – see the schedule at https://ltsa.ca/online-services/parcelmap-bc-increments.

Learn more about ParcelMap BC.


April 22, 2016

ParcelMap BC Search for Land Surveyors – Technology Release 3 Now Live

The Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) announced today the completion of a significant milestone for ParcelMap BC – the completion of Technology Release 3 – ParcelMap BC Search for Land Surveyors which provides a new, spatial way to view contiguous and complete parcel information in British Columbia.

This release enables land surveyors and their delegated employees to view, search and download portions of the ParcelMap BC parcel fabric, which provides a visual portrayal of active titled parcels and surveyed provincial Crown land parcels, and facilitates requests for related titles and plan images.

ParcelMap BC Search for Land Surveyors complements other search methods, particularly for understanding historical parcel activity or searching non-parcel related items, and:

  • Enhances the efficiency of land-related research, planning and business decisions through a visual representation of the land title register and Crown land registry in an integrated spatial information infrastructure
  • Enables survey-related research, planning and workflows through the ability to download a current, authoritative spatial representation of the active survey cadastre
  • Reduces data discrepancies and confusion by reducing the need to consult separate spatial cadastral systems in BC

The available published fabric includes the Regional Districts of Nanaimo, Cowichan Valley, Capital, Fraser-Fort George, and Bulkley-Nechako which have all been accepted into our Operations environment. Additional Regional Districts of Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Cariboo and Central Coast will become available in the parcel fabric over the next few weeks.


April 12, 2016

Fraser-Fort George & Bulkley-Nechako Districts Added to ParcelMap BC

The ParcelMap BC team at the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) recently announced the acceptance of two more Parcel Fabric Increments (5 & 6) into ParcelMap BC, adding the Fraser-Fort George and Bulkley-Nechako Districts into their Operations environment.

These Regional Districts are the first completed on BC’s mainland. The LTSA is pleased to have achieved the delivery of more than one increment, including multiple Regional Districts, in one release. As work continues through the compilations, the LTSA is developing efficiencies and optimizing processes in assembling the entire provincial fabric. The timing of these increments also reflects considerable effort in refinements to the parcel fabric data model that will ultimately support enhanced stakeholder and customer-facing services in future.


March 21, 2016

ParcelMapBC 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 Surrey Preparing forParcelMap 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.


January 2016

ParcelMap BC Accepts New Areas of the Province into Operations

LTSA recently announced the completion of two milestones for ParcelMap BC – the acceptance of Parcel Fabric Increments No. 2 and No. 3, adding the Cowichan Valley Regional District and Capital Regional District into the Operations environment, effectively completing coverage of southern Vancouver Island.

The lessons learned from the completion of the pilot increment (the Regional District of Nanaimo) have been critical in maximizing efficiencies for the acceptance of subsequent parcel fabric increments. The team’s development of a robust acceptance process to ensure the quality of the parcel fabric has resulted in the notably smoother integration of Increments No. 2 and No. 3 into the ParcelMap BC operational environment.

This achievement wouldn’t have been possible without the ongoing support of participating stakeholders – ICI Society, BC Assessment, the Association of BC Land Surveyors and the Province – and the continued dedication and hard work from the ParcelMap BC team, including MDA, MNC and Esri Canada. The ParcelMap BC team extends its thanks to everyone involved on this important initiative as progress builds through 2016.


November 2015

Release 2 Complete

The ParcelMap BC team at the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia would like to acknowledge the completion of a significant milestone for ParcelMap BC – the completion of Release 2 – including the Survey Plan Dataset Submission service.

This service permits BC land surveyors to submit Survey Plan Datasets through an online submission service via myLTSA prior to filing plans to the land title office or Surveyor General. The service is currently in Pilot mode with a select group of land surveyors, opening for general availability of voluntary submissions in early December. Mandatory submissions will be in effect on April 4th 2016, as required by Practice Bulletin #3.

Survey Plan Datasets allow ParcelMap BC to:

  • Integrate newly Surveyed Parcels and Georeferenced Points with the existing fabric via the Parcel Fabric Manager system used by the ParcelMap BC Operations Team
  • Maintain the currency of the ParcelMap BC fabric
  • Improve the overall spatial accuracy of the ParcelMap BC fabric

Release 2 (R2) is the second software and technology release of four over the course of the ParcelMap BC project and also includes several significant technology components to support the tracking and management of the fabric by the ParcelMap BC Operations team.

Due to technology re-planning, ParcelMap Direct, originally anticipated for R2, will now be delivered as part of Release 4, along with the Property Information Search service, scheduled for release in June 2016.

The ParcelMap BC team would like to extend tremendous thanks to the team at MDA for making the achievement of this milestone possible, as well as the team at the LTSA, who supported bringing this significant release to Operational status.


September 2015

Pilot Increment Complete

The ParcelMap BC team at LandSure Systems Ltd. would like to acknowledge the completion of a significant milestone for ParcelMap BC – the acceptance of the pilot Parcel Fabric Increment #1 comprising the Regional District of Nanaimo.
The Regional District of Nanaimo was initially selected as the pilot area for ParcelMap BC due to the heterogeneous nature of the cadastre in the region; it contains a blend of urban and rural areas including Integrated Survey Areas, mixes a manageable parcel volume with diverse sources and varied geography, as well as features historical titled/crown parcel challenges. The Regional District of Nanaimo was found to be the ideal choice for a pilot as this diversity allowed the compilation team to identify and tune their overall approach to address the many scenarios and varied challenges within. Ultimately, this resulted in an extended compilation phase and translated to a later delivery date than initially anticipated.

The lessons learned from this pilot increment have been captured, reviewed and folded into the compilation process for future increments, evolving to maximize efficiencies as we move forward with the project. Out of this, the team has developed a rigorous, repeatable acceptance process in order to assess the quality of the parcel fabric resulting from the compilation, prior to moving subsequent increments into the ParcelMap BC operational environment.

The ParcelMap BC team would like to extend tremendous thanks to ICI Society for making the achievement of this milestone possible, as well as MNC, MDA and Esri Canada for ongoing support.

We look forward to sharing further updates at the ICI Society fall regional user conferences, where we’ll also invite member questions.