Pest control IT system

The Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines has developed its own land management system with digital mapping tools in the battle against pests.

The department manages land, water and vegetation in the state, which covers 1.7 million square kilometres, around one-quarter of Australia. Queensland spends more than $700 million each year on pest control.

In a bid to take a strategic approach to pest management and share pest distribution data with 128 councils, the department had to install a Windows-based system that did not require proprietary geographic information system (GIS) software at each council site.

The department's pest information manager, Marc Bryant, said the need to use computerised geographic recording to allocate state resources was recognised in the mid-1990s.

The previous system was only adopted by 30 per cent of local councils because their own GIS software was incompatible with the department’s software.

The new system, PestInfo, runs standalone on any computer while accessing existing GIS data in its native format.

PestInfo was introduced in August and has been adopted by more than 75 per cent of Queensland councils.

Bryant said each site could manage its own data, entering new information on pest infestations and treatments from the field using a laptop.

PestInfo was created with Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions using a development toolkit based on open GeoMedia technology.

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