The Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) announced today that it was presented with an Award of Excellence at the Esri Canada User Conference being held in Victoria, BC. The Award of Excellence recognizes the LTSA’s work in applying geographic information system (GIS) technology to develop ParcelMap BC, a survey-aware, electronic map of all active titled parcels and surveyed Crown land parcels in the province.

An extensive, multi-year project, ParcelMap BC will have full province coverage in June 2017, accounting for over two million active titled and surveyed provincial Crown land parcels.

Connie Fair, LTSA CEO and President, and Brian Greening, Director of ParcelMap BC Operations receive the Award of Excellence from Alex Miller, President of Esri Canada, and Myron Doherty, Director Pacific Region of Esri Canada.

“ParcelMap BC is an outstanding example of how GIS technology can be used to develop and maintain an accurate, integrated cadastral map,” said Alex Miller, president, Esri Canada. “It serves as the authoritative source for BC parcel mapping data, significantly increasing the accuracy and speed of real property transactions and supporting more informed land-related research, planning and business decisions across government and industry.”

To develop and maintain ParcelMap BC, the LTSA leveraged Esri’s ArcGIS platform and Parcel Editor, as well as an enterprise geodatabase. Existing spatial data aggregated by the Integrated Cadastral Information Society (ICI Society) from the provincial government and participating local governments was consolidated, missing parcels were compiled, and an ongoing operation and maintenance framework was developed.

The LTSA also successfully implemented an electronic submission process for survey plan datasets which are provided by land surveyors. These datasets support the maintenance of the parcel fabric and are a requirement for nearly all new survey plans, as mandated by the Surveyor General of BC and with the support of the Association of BC Land Surveyors.

 “Esri technology has allowed us to establish a sustainable system for maintaining, managing and distributing BC’s parcel mapping,” noted Brian Greening, Director, ParcelMap BC Operations. “ParcelMap BC builds on the Canadian Parcel Fabric Data Model providing an effective way to organize parcel data. It also provides efficient mapping workflows for integrating electronic survey plan datasets and surveyed control points from land surveyors into ParcelMap BC, allowing for improved spatial accuracy of the fabric over time.”

The LTSA is currently working with the ICI Society to help their members across the province efficiently adopt ParcelMap BC into their operations. The LTSA also expects to release a ParcelMap BC Search tool open to the public in July 2017. Additionally, an Open Government Licensed view of ParcelMap BC is available in the BC Data Catalogue.

Learn more about ParcelMap BC. Read about Esri Canada’s parcel mapping approach.