Victorian agency trials online mapping solution

App updates datasets

The Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) has completed trialling an Internet based mapping solution.

Known as the Online Notification and Editing System (One), it will become an extension of the Victorian Mapping and Address Service (VMAS).

The new features consist of spatial data editing capabilities (mark-up), user notification and application workflow management to complement existing VMAS services such as address searching, matching and map creation.

Developed by Geomatic Technologies (GT), One will update Vicmap digital data via an online, simple to use, scalable application.

In addition to providing a series of online redlining and attribute tools to report anomalies in the Vicmap framework datasets, One includes a workflow that communicates, tracks and notifies relevant parties throughout the life cycle of amendments.

One has just been through a three month trial phase with the Country Fire Authority of Victoria (CFA) and three local government authorities.

The workflow begins with the CFA volunteers noting anomalies (known as 'observations') against the map data (Vicmap and CFA map book data), which in turn will alert the appropriate local government to review and accept/decline the observation accordingly.

Examples of possible observations detected by the CFA volunteers are misspelt road names and incorrect road classifications from the maps.

All transactions in the system are logged and provide a complete history of events against each anomaly recorded.

The approved observations are then manually applied to the base data (Vicmap data) by the DSE and shown in the One site once the Vicmap data has been reloaded into VMAS (as part of a regular update).

One also leverages the Service Orentated Architecture (SOA) of VMAS.

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