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Western Australia boosts US$23 mil GIS project

The government of Western Australia is fast-tracking investments in geographic information systems (GIS) under moves to make state-wide land and resources information more readily available for end-users, businesses and agencies.

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An award-winning Shared Land Information Platform (SLIP) is being upgraded with the expanded use of spatial technology. This upgrade makes location-based knowledge easier to access, share and use across the state.

The SLIP initiative is administered by Perth-based Landgate, a statutory authority that maintains land ownership and survey information, as well as the valuation of land and property interests.

This platform is being revamped under a new GIS contract that supports the government’s US$23 million (AUD$23 million) Location Information Strategy.

This strategy, being delivered during 2012-2015, sources spatial technology to offer more accurate and up-to-date land information. This access further streamlines planning, investment and development activities in Western Australia.

Spatial technology offers sought-after cost savings, according to Landgate’s chief executive, Mike Bradford. “Western Australia is internationally recognised as a leader in the management and use of location information and technology.”

SLIP is the core technology infrastructure that opens up access to Western Australia’s dispersed land and geographic information resources.

Among the enhancements, a “SLIP Future” initiative builds on the success of this programme over the past five years. This programme, running since 2007, is supported by spatial information management tools to access data using a dedicated web portal.

A first step involves an “infrastructure refresh” that draws on contemporary architecture and design. The goal is to deliver a more robust, functional and scalable platform that meets fast-changing information needs.

The latest upgrade contract has been awarded to NGIS. This firm specialises in location-based technologies for the mining, oil and gas, government, utilities and environment sectors.

Track ICT reforms at the flagship FutureGov Forum Western Australia (Tuesday 5th February 2013) Perth, Western Australia. Visit http://www.futuregov.asia/events/futuregov-forum-wa-2013/

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