Cadastral Mapping

Compiling the Parcel Fabric for Communities

Cadastral or parcel mapping data depicts the location of survey plans and shows the boundaries of surveyed parcels, which may include:

  • Easements and Rights-of-way
  • Subdivisions
  • Descriptive plans (metes and bounds)
  • Roads
  • Condominiums
  • Railways

This mapping often portrays block lines, lot lines, lot numbers, road limits, right of way limits, metes and bounds, plan numbers, dimensions and other information about property parcels found on plans of survey. Cadastral data is used for building applications, regulatory permit and planning.

Challenges in Cadastral Mapping

The challenge many governments face with the collection, management and compilation of cadastral data is:

  • Complexity of magnitude: Provincial or state scale issues associated with complexity and volume.
  • Data formats: Survey data comes from multiple sources and is in various formats, making it difficult to compile and maintain.
  • The state of the original information: Original data may still be in paper hardcopy, which can be difficult to read, poorly maintained and difficult to access.
  • Costs: Inefficiencies leading to higher costs to compile and maintain the data.
  • Sustainment: Building and maintaining a current database can be challenging due to budgetary constraints.

Specializing in Cadastral Data

We specialize in working with very large datasets across multiple formats and platforms. The datasets we manage are an essential base component for a number of existing and planned GIS initiatives, especially those used by the Government of Alberta, municipalities, oil companies and major utility companies. MNC has processes to help clean and restructure cadastral data to create an accurate, seamless and integrated digital land base.

The benefits realized by governments and other end users as a result of our re-engineered cadastral maintenance processes include:

  • A reduction in data maintenance fees.
  • A process and mechanism whereby reduced maintenance costs are recoverable.
  • A considerably more efficient turnaround time; data is now typically available within 24 hours of registration.
  • Data quality and formats have been significantly improved; the quality of the data is completely GIS ready and loads directly into users’ systems.

MNC also offers experience in creating sustainment models which enable industry, the public and governments access to up-to-date datasets, under a recoverable cost model that fits budgets (such as affordable user-pay systems).