March 6, 2019
Key Solution Providers Lead ParcelMap BC Adoption Working Group Session #6
The Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) and the Integrated Cadastral Information Society (ICI Society) held its sixth ParcelMap BC Adoption Working Group (AWG) session on February 20, 2019. The agenda featured presentations from key solution providers to help participants make the most of ParcelMap BC in adopter organizations.
Esri Canada demonstrated how to integrate different aspects of a cadastre (e.g. survey parcels, assessment features, and zoning) through a common user interface. They also introduced a suite of tools to assist organizations with interpreting and utilizing the ParcelMap BC Fabric Spatial Improvement change vectors product to aid in aligning other data layers such as roads, zoning and assets with ParcelMap BC.
Harterra Spatial Solutions provided an overview of the work they have done integrating ParcelMap BC into the City of Penticton’s operations as they finalize transition to ParcelMap BC adoption. The discussion focused on tools and processes around backend data updates, business system integration & reporting and staff and constituent-facing services featuring ParcelMap BC.
DataBC clarified its organizational mandate within the Integrated Data Division to provide value-add products and services from the baseline ParcelMap BC data set. These value-add products may offer additional features, custom symbology, or a modified data structure to address extended needs but also maintain a ‘baseline solidarity’ with the ParcelMap BC products that ensure compatibility ongoing.
Other discussions included:
Role of Additional Solution Providers
The City of Penticton’s overview noted one of the challenges they faced involved integration with their Tempest system. Noting this was a common issue for others, engaging additional solution providers (e.g. Tempest, Vadim) to participate in a future AWG session was discussed, and efforts are underway to make this happen.
Operational Activity Areas and Work Extents
Based on feedback from the group, the LTSA is investigating opportunities to provide further transparency for sharing areas of planned and completed activity related to ParcelMap BC updates. Currently, spatial improvement areas (targeted & completed) can be visualized in the ParcelMap BC Spatial Improvement Assessment app, a Fabric History layer is available in the ParcelMap BC Search Service and the Real World Changes and Fabric Spatial Improvements data products highlight the resulting temporal changes in ParcelMap BC.
The benefits of planned or proposed (“pre-registration”) parcels aligned with ParcelMap BC were discussed. While the LTSA is currently examining how to deliver supporting functionality as part of a broader services modernization initiative, realization is largely a policy issue and Stakeholder consultation is required. The first phase may get to a “zero-day” turnaround in ParcelMap BC ahead of the policy and practice revisions needed to realize the concept of proposed parcels.
The next ParcelMap BC AWG working session will be held on March 13, 2019. Do you have a suggestion for the group? Contact the facilitators at email@example.com.
February 21, 2019
ICI Society 360LABS ParcelMap BC Workshops – Vancouver & Abbotsford
In early February, the ICI Society team visited the Lower Mainland to facilitate two ParcelMap BC 360LABS. Thank you to all those who participated in our latest series of 360LABS and a big thank you to the City of Abbotsford and Landsure for hosting the two events.
LTSA provided a comprehensive demonstration of their operational parcel management processes, helping attendees understand how quality improvements and subdivision activities are reflected in ParcelMap BC products over time. This technical deep-dive provided participants with a strong foundation for envisioning how to make the best use of ParcelMap BC within their own organization and related mapping workflows.
Here’s what people are saying about the labs:
“The 360LABS Parcel Map BC Workshop was a great learning experience for me. It was great to have the opportunity to ask questions directly to the people that are managing ParcelMap BC and get a better understanding of the overall updating process. It gave me the chance to think about and focus specifically on our City’s current process, the pro’s and also the potential challenges we may come up against as we move towards adopting PMBC. Moreover, as always, I appreciate having the opportunity to talk to other municipalities and hear about different approaches and opinions. Overall, I came out of this workshop with more confidence that moving towards adopting ParcelMap BC will be a great overall benefit for the City of Port Moody.” – Kristi Smith, City of Port Moody
“The 360LABS – ParcelMap BC Workshop was a fantastic forum for learning about the ParcelMap BC Action Plan and collaborating with other municipalities.” – Pam London, City of Burnaby
The next 360LAB, hosted by the Central Okanagan Regional District, is scheduled for March 6 in Kelowna. If you are interested in attending or have questions for the ICI Society team, contact Steve Mark.
ParcelMap BC Adoption Working Group Off to Strong Start in 2019
The Integrated Cadastral Information Society (ICI Society) and the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) held its fifth Adoption Working Group (AWG) session on January 16th to assess the group’s progress and identify priorities for the new year.
Overall, AWG participants reported that the working group processes and discussions deliver high value and help with their work to adopt ParcelMap BC. Suggested changes that are underway for 2019 focus on extending the value and reach of the AWG to all ICI Society members by:
- improving access to ParcelMap BC user education and related resources,
- establishing ‘peer ambassadors’ from participants as a channel to bring forward key questions from the community,
- increasing participation across the adoption stakeholder groups, and
- involving non-GIS users of ParcelMap BC to support workflows within adopter organizations.
The next session will focus on ideas presented by participating Solution Providers to help make the most of ParcelMap BC in adopter organizations. Presenters will include DataBC and ESRI Canada with workshops targeted at unpacking the concepts into solution possibilities. Participants have been tasked to bring their ideas to the session: “If there was a tool or service that would address a challenge you have to adopting ParcelMap BC, what would it do?”
Have a suggestion for the group? Submit it before the next AWG session on Wednesday, Feb 20th by contacting the ParcelMap BC AWG facilitators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 15, 2019
Congratulations to the five new ParcelMap BC adopting organizations. Thank you for your support of a key ICI Society initiative!
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City of Cranbrook
Kitimat Stikine Regional District
City of Grand Forks
Squamish Lillooet Regional District
AWG Identifies ParcelMap BC Adoption Plans for Key Data-sets
The Integrated Cadastral Information Society (ICI Society) and the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) continue to provide local governments with more resources and tools to facilitate the adoption of ParcelMap BC. As part of that delivery, the Adoption Working Group (AWG) held its fourth working session on December 16th.
An important task for the AWG is identifying and communicating adoption plans and progress for key data-sets. The BC Assessment Authority and the Agriculture Land Commission’s participation in the AWG have helped the group better understand their plans for ParcelMap BC adoption.
BC Assessment has reported that the BC Assessment Fabric is currently undergoing adoption of ParcelMap BC as the main cadastre source. This process is expected to be complete in March 2019.
The Agriculture Land Commissions is also planning their adoption of ParcelMap BC with completion before April 2019.
Additionally, the LTSA continues to work with NRCAN to develop standards and workflows that support Federal Lands alignment with ParcelMap BC.
The AWG also focused the discussion on the need for more educational materials and clear documentation for ParcelMap BC data products, particularly how they compare to existing parcel data models. To assist with this, GeoBC has contributed an attribute comparison of Integrated Cadastral Fabric and ParcelMap BC. Also, LTSA will be revising ParcelMap BC supporting documentation and resources for review with the AWG ahead of release to all stakeholders.
The AWG also reviewed the results of ICI Society’s inaugural 360LABS session, held on November 28th in Victoria. At this workshop, local government participants developed personalized ParcelMap BC adoption workflows with support from peers and subject-matter experts. Common themes of interest included new subdivision survey integration and locally recognized fabric improvements.
Outcomes from 360LABS will inform topics for future AWG working sessions by helping to prioritize and add context to current challenges and opportunities.
December 6, 2018
Highlights from ParcelMap BC Adoption
Working Group Session #3
The Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) is pleased to report the ParcelMap BC Adoption Working Group (AWG) met for a third time on November 21, 2018 to continue its work facilitating best practices for implementing ParcelMap BC.
AWG Working Session #3 highlights include:
- BC Assessment (BCA) is ready to use ParcelMap BC as the base cadastre for their Assessment Fabric and we look forward to using a faster, simpler update process. BCA is also interested in learning how we can work with local governments and other stakeholders to facilitate adoption.
- Local governments rely on BCA data interoperability with their parcel fabric. ParcelMap BC does not introduce any new issues and instead can help drive opportunities for workflow improvement and efficiencies.
- Opportunities around adoption include streamlining the information flow of data products between the LTSA, BCA and local government members.
Working Session discussions also included:
- The LTSA’s recently released Spatial Improvement resources to support greater visibility into how and when candidate areas are prioritized for spatial improvements in ParcelMap BC.
- ICI Society’s launch of 360LABS, a series of workshops to support its local government members to review their existing workflows and technology environments, and identify opportunities for ParcelMap BC integration.
- The ICI Society and GeoBC are preparing attribute mapping resources to illustrate how the ICF and ICI Society Cadastre data models relate to ParcelMap BC.
The AWG is facilitated by the LTSA and ICI Society, with representation by participants from local governments, the Province, land surveyors and other stakeholder groups who can benefit from adopting ParcelMap BC.
The next AWG meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 19, 2018. Contact the PMBC AWG facilitators at email@example.com for more information.
360LABS for ParcelMap BC
The ICI Society Team kicked off the 360LABS on November 28th to an enthusiastic group of Local Government Members from South Vancouver Island.
This inaugural workshop on ParcelMap BC provided attendees with a chance to roll up their sleeves and get to work mapping out current and future, ParcelMap BC enabled parcel workflows with support from Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from LTSA, BC Assessment, and GeoBC.
Brian Greening, Director of ParcelMap BC Operations, started the workshop off with an update on ParcelMap BC and the Spatial Improvement Assessment application that identifies areas that are slated for spatial improvements. Following up from Brian’s overview of the ParcelMap BC products, Tobin Pope, Parcel Fabric Technician from Landsure, gave a detailed explanation of how parcels are managed within the ParcelMap BC workflow. This generated some lively discussion which provided valuable insight for everyone in attendance.
In the second part of the workshop, participants were asked to return to their parcel management worksheet to plot how ParcelMap BC would integrate with current processes, identifying key benefits, considerations, level of difficulty and estimated timeframe with each component. At the end of the lab, participants walked away with a “working” ParcelMap BC implementation plan that they could take back to their organization.
This workshop exercise also provided the ICI Society team with important feedback on Local Government’s considerations as they look to incorporate ParcelMap BC.
Thanks to all those who participated and made the inaugural 360LAB a success!
Stay tuned for the next 360LAB in your area.
November 20, 2018
ICI Society Members Get a GeoBC Assist With ParcelMap BC
Are you a local government ICI Society Member who currently uses GeoBC’s Integrated Cadastral Fabric (ICF) as your parcel fabric? Are you wondering how to make the transition to ParcelMap BC? Are you asking yourself, what are the necessary steps I need to take? Have no fear, the collaboration team at ICI Society is here to help.
With the combined know-how and support of GeoBC staff and the operational team at the ICI Society, local governments currently using the ICF are making the transition to ParcelMap BC. Using customized webinars members now have the opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback and receive customized analysis on the best way forward for their specific needs.
Here’s what our Members are saying about the ParcelMap BC adoption support webinars:
“Dale Sparrow from GeoBC and Steve Mark from the Society have shown the path the City of Dawson Creek can follow to get the city data updated with ParcelMap BC data in a streamlined way. The webinar allowed the ICI Society and GeoBC to see how the city data is set up and the present workflow, which will make the ParcelMap BC integration process possible and painless.” Pierre Pelletier, GIS Technologist, City of Dawson Creek
“Overall, the webinar support from the Society has given us clarity on the steps it will take to convert to ParcelMap BC, eliminating unneeded stress. The format of a webinar allows for greater communication and understanding between parties, and that was definitely the case with ours.” Lyndon Hunter, Planning Technician, City of Quesnel
“Collaborating with local governments and the ICI Society to better understand the needs of local governments is extremely important to GeoBC. Our goal is to hear local government’s concerns and offer feedback based on two decades of experience working with cadastral data on private lands. We will work with our partners to assist them in understanding the impacts and benefits of migrating to ParcelMap BC.” Scott MacPhail, Section Head, Parcel Fabric Section, GeoBC
To register for a custom ParcelMap BC webinar please contact Steve Mark ICI Society, Technical Coordinator.
ParcelMap BC Spatial Improvement Assessment App Now Available
Further to discussions by the ParcelMap BC Adoption Working Group (AWG) in October 2018, the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) is pleased to release a new resource describing Spatial Improvements in ParcelMap BC. This resource introduces a new app to visualize the assessment used by the ParcelMap BC Operations team to plan and prioritize spatial improvement work across the province, providing transparency to stakeholders on how and when improvements are applied to ParcelMap BC.
Spatial improvements can range from simple transformations that only improve absolute positioning (not relative accuracy), through to rigorous least-squares adjustments that involve a full survey network adjustment of both relative and absolute position. The ParcelMap BC Operations team targets delivery of spatial improvements for 1-2 Areas of Interest each month. A list of Completed Spatial Improvement Areas outlines those areas that have been updated. For participating stakeholders, positional updates resulting from spatial improvements are available as a Change Vectors data product via the ParcelMap Direct Service.
The next ParcelMap BC Adoption Working Group meeting will take place on November 21, 2018. PMBC AWG facilitators can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
ParcelMap BC Feedback Survey
At the ICI Society we strive to connect our members around common goals and provide the most relevant and up-to-date information on data-sharing initiatives that influence the way our Society members work together.
Please help us gather important information on how you, as an ICI Society member organization, are using ParcelMap BC by taking the ParcelMap BC Feedback survey.
Your feedback from this very short survey will help us fine-tune our outreach programs and shape our working group tasks to provide you with the best possible service.
Click here to complete our survey.
November 7, 2018
PMBC Adoption Working Group Outcomes October 2018
The Integrated Cadastral Information Society (ICI Society) and the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) continue to provide local governments with more resources and tools to facilitate the adoption of ParcelMap BC. As part of that delivery, an Adoption Working Group was formed to act as a forum where participating organizations collaborate with facilitators to identify challenges and solutions for the successful province-wide adoption of ParcelMap BC.
The objective of the first working group session held in September was two-fold. First, the participants were asked what 3rd party data sources such as ALR and Federal Lands, are influential to the adoption of PMBC by their organization. Secondly, for members to gain an understanding of the LTSA’s Spatial Improvement application that demonstrates how LTSA rigorously defines and adjusts both relative and absolute positions of parcels through quality assessment and adjustment readiness.
Out of these exercises, the well-attended sessions were able to conclude that 3rd party data dependencies do not pose a significant barrier to PMBC adoption but are a ‘nice to have’. Jason Hart, a consultant working with the City of Penticton on PMBC adoption stated, “Dependency between PMBC and ALR data should not be a real barrier to adoption – alignment between the two data sets “would be ideal,” but is not a barrier to adoption.”
Federal Lands data is also considered a ‘nice to have’ benefit for the LTSA to continue exploring. From a policy and practice perspective, the LTSA will reignite discussions with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) about the possibility of strengthening NRCan data and parcel fabric data alignment. The LTSA will also facilitate discussions with Esri Canada on the technology requirements and standards needed to develop data compilations that can save members from duplicating efforts.
The breakthrough discovery that 3rd party data dependencies are not at issue was underscored by the enthusiasm around the spatial improvement application spearheaded by LTSA. The visual guide showcases where spatial improvements have been identified and are currently being addressed by LTSA. Brian Goble of the City of Sooke encouraged “AWG members to use the app to ‘walk around’ their jurisdiction to detect issues.” As the Spatial Improvement application has been met with very positive reviews amongst AWG members, LTSA is taking steps to make the application available to ICI Society members in the coming weeks.
One of the topics for the next Adoption Working Group to be held on November 21st will be centered around linking PMBC data to BCA XML data advice.
Contact the PMBC AWG facilitators at email@example.com for more information.
September 25, 2018
Whistler Adoption of PMBC Recognized at MISA 2018
As part of their combined effort to provide local governments with resources and tools to facilitate the adoption of ParcelMap BC (PMBC), the ICI Society and the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) recently co-presented at the MISA BC Fall Conference 2018 held in Kelowna.
Leveraging the event theme “Successfully Navigating Change;” Steve Mark, Technical Coordinator at the ICI Society and Brian Greening, Director, ParcelMapBC Operations were joined by Vanessa Pocock, GIS Coordinator, Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) to present to an enthusiastic group of MISA attendees.
Brian provided an overview of the benefits of ParcelMap BC adoption, the operational currency, quality and feedback loop of the dataset, and how spatial adjustments are handled in PMBC. Steve addressed Society members access to PMBC and the availability of custom packages. The highlight was Vanessa’s presentation about how Whistler managed internal changes for the community’s benefit when they chose to fully adopt ParcelMap BC as their primary cadastral layer.
“The RMOW was excited to offer a look at the next chapter in our PMBC adoption story at MISA BC as a co-presenter with the ICI Society and LTSA. Both of these groups have given Whistler great support along this journey, and we were pleased to be able to discuss the benefits of not only these partnerships, but also of PMBC itself with the greater IT community of BC,” stated Vanessa Pocock, GIS Coordinator, RMOW. “As we move into adoption year 2, the RMOW is focusing on broader integration of PMBC with our enterprise systems, as well the continued improvement of layers associated with the parcel fabric. We are also very excited to be a part of the PMBC working group and are looking forward to learning from and working with our peers as part of the ongoing development of PMBC.”
“RMOW was the first municipality in BC to fully adopt ParcelMap BC as their primary cadastral layer,” added Brian Greening. “It was a great opportunity for other local governments to learn about RMOW’s experience, their recognized benefits and what they have accomplished since switching to ParcelMap BC. We look forward to working with RMOW and all local governments in BC to advance their adoption efforts.”
“The conference provided a great opportunity for ICI Society to touch base with its members and highlight many of the new customizations that can now be included within the PMBC packages. Thanks to Brian and Vanessa for helping to provide the full story of PMBC Adoption. Congratulations Vanessa and the RMOW for being the first recipient of the PMBC Adoption Certificate!” said Steve Mark, Technical Coordinator, ICI Society.
The Society looks forward to supporting more of its members towards adopting PMBC. For more information please contact Steve Mark.
ParcelMap BC integrates over two million parcels across the province, providing a current, complete and trusted visual representation of titled and Crown land parcels in British Columbia. It improves the speed and efficiency of land-related research, planning and business decisions through the current spatial representation of a given parcel and its relationship to adjacent parcels.
How often is ParcelMap BC Updated?
The ParcelMap BC fabric is continually updated using the best authoritative sources, including event triggers and attributions direct from the land title register for completeness. Attributions on titled parcels, Crown land parcels and the Crown land registry are also included.
Spatial representations are maintained based on digital Survey Plan Datasets submitted by land surveyors based on the legal plan filings as required by the Surveyor General.
As new plans enter the operation maintenance queue, the ParcelMap BC Operations Team will ensure the plans are registered or confirmed to continually update the ParcelMap BC fabric. Fabric updates are processed with a service target of two business days province wide.
Click here for more FAQ’s.
September 5, 2018
Enabling ParcelMap BC Adoption for Local Governments
The Integrated Cadastral Information Society (ICI Society )is continuing its work with the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) to provide local governments with more resources and tools to facilitate the adoption of ParcelMap BC.
Leveraging the event theme “Successfully Navigating Change;” Steve Mark, Technical Coordinator at the ICI Society and Brian Greening, Director, ParcelMapBC Operations will be joined by Vanessa Pocock, GIS Coordinator, Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW). Learn about how Whistler managed internal changes for the community’s benefit when they chose to fully adopt ParcelMap BC as their primary cadastral layer.
ParcelMap BC integrates over two million parcels across the province, providing a current, complete and trusted visual representation of titled and Crown land parcels in British Columbia. It improves the speed and efficiency of land-related research, planning and business decisions through the current spatial representation of a given parcel and its relationship to adjacent parcels.
Join Steve, Brian and Vanessa at this informative 45-minute seminar.
Date: Tuesday September 11, 2018
Time: 4:25 – 5:10 pm
Further to the announcement in July 2018, the ParcelMap BC Adoption Working Group (AWG) will meet September 19, 2018 for the first working group session. The AWG has been established as part of a collaborative plan to support the province-wide adoption of ParcelMap BC and will act as a forum for participating organizations to analyze challenges and identify solutions. AWG members include participants representing local governments, utilities, the Provincial government, BC Assessment, land surveyors and other organizations who can realize benefits from ParcelMap BC adoption.
How do I obtain the ParcelMap BC datasets that will suit my organization’s needs?
ICI Society members have the opportunity to work with our team to define a custom GeoShare package—including ParcelMap BC—that meets their individual specifications. The GeoShare package is delivered once-per-week and includes the latest PMBC snapshot for their jurisdiction with custom formatting to streamline integration with each member’s existing municipal software and datasets. As well other ICI Society Member datasets can be included in the package.
Please contact Steve Mark to sign up.
Click here for more FAQ’s
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Learn more about ParcelMap BC
Thursday November 9, 2017
Topic: ParcelMap BC is Fully Operational – FAQs and What’s Next?
Brian Greening, Director, ParcelMap BC Operations, LTSA
Steve Mark, Technical Coordinator, ICI Society
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:
How ParcelMap BC Can Help Your Local Government
Thursday, September 28 at 8am
Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront – Cordova Ballroom
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
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
- Port Moody
- District of North Vancouver
- City of North Vancouver
- West Vancouver
- Bowen Island
- Lions Bay
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.
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.
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.
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.