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  1. 1. SICOM Meeting 9.00am – 11.00am Friday 2nd February 2007 Attachment A: Agency Reports Agency Reports Australian Bureau of Statistics Bureau of Meteorology Department for Environment and Heritage Department for Families and Communities Land Services Group, DTEI National Native Title Tribunal PIRSA - PlanningSA PIRSA – Spatial Information Services SA Water Spatial Sciences Institute Page 1 of 16
  2. 2. Attachment A: SICOM Agency Report Department for Families and Communities Current Spatial Activities/Projects Office For The Ageing (OFTA) - EView Project Develop and implement an online business intelligence and mapping system to assist OFTA staff with the strategic planning of their services. The solution will be delivered by an intranet EView application. The first beta release was just prior to Christmas. OFTA and GIS staff are now working on the tools, reports and presentation of the site. Aboriginal Asset Services – EView Project Pilot an intranet EView asset management tool for Aboriginal Housing Services. Recently captured SKM survey data of one aboriginal community settlement will be used and integrated with Aboriginal Asset Services asset data. The site is currently being compiled. Housing SA/Asset Services – EView Project Re-engineer the current EView application to reflect the new departmental structure. It will involve data amalgamation, enhancements, revised map templates, modified queries and display of spatial data. Community Strength Survey – EView and Internet Mapping Project Development of interactive thematic map-base tool to view and analyse 23 Community based question. These questions include safety in the community through to how people feed about the local environment. The site complements the hardcopy report and will allow DFC staff to interact with the results through maps. Depending on the success of the rollout within DFC it maybe modified for public release. Future Spatial Activities/Projects DFC GIS Health Check Review data structures and naming conventions, symbology standards, map templates, map library on the DFC Intranet and define a common workspace structure across GIS PCs. Contact Person: Gary Maguire Manager, Geographic Information Systems Geographic Information Unit Department for Families and Communities Ph. 08 8207 0592 Email. Page 2 of 16
  3. 3. Attachment A: SICOM Agency Report PIRSA – Spatial Information Services Current Spatial Activities/Projects Spatial Data Maintenance and Management for Aquaculture SA SIS has assumed responsibility for assisting Aquaculture SA with its administration of the Aquaculture Act 2001 by designing, maintaining and publishing several key layers of spatial data. The project reduces Aquaculture SA’s reliance on external GIS expertise, and addresses previous difficulties in retaining GIS staff, both of which were identified as a serious risk to business continuity. The new process also ensures that the most up to date GIS skills and techniques are applied to creating a consistent and reliable source of data. Spatial geometry of aquaculture leases and licences is captured and maintained by SIS from survey reports, with a link from the spatial dataset to attributes entered directly by Aquaculture SA. The dataset is managed within PIIMS (Primary Industries Information Management System) and accessed through the Aquaculture website public register at Future work is planned to spatially enable Aquaculture SA staff, so that they are able to view and access the spatial layer directly. Mapping and GIS Support for Drought Response Team The drought response team, based within PIRSA, has been using spatial information and maps to convey information and conduct analysis for the drought response. Much of the work has been focussed on defining additional Exceptional Circumstances (EC) Areas for the State. This process is initiated by the community, who, with the assistance of PIRSA, then gather data to assess the strength of the application. Much of this data has been spatial, and includes such information as regional grain crop production figures for SA, and the number and size of rural landholdings for each Local Government Area. As each Exceptional Circumstances area must be described as a legal boundary, it has been critical to define the areas as simply as possible, wherever possible using existing administrative boundaries. Prima facie cases have been established for Exceptional Circumstances drought relief in five areas of South Australia including the Murray Mallee, Upper South East and Lower, Central and Western Eyre Peninsula. Work is currently underway on proposals for several additional EC areas. Maps and drought information can be found at tID=1450&tempID=1 PIRSA SIS Successful at PIRSA Corporate Awards PIRSA SIS has been recognised for their work at the PIRSA Corporate Achievement Awards, held in December 2006. Two projects, the GIS support provided to the Grasshopper Management Program, and the spatial data maintenance for Aquaculture SA, were awarded in the Products and Services and the Data, Information and System Processes categories. This result is an excellent indication of an increased recognition of the value of spatial data and techniques within the Agency. Enterprise-level Spatial Data Library completed The transition of PIRSA’s library of 450+ layers of geographic data from proprietary file based formats into an enterprise-level multi-user environment was finalised at the end of 2006. The superseded library was successfully decommissioned with minimum disruption to users. The enhanced library is now managed within an Oracle database. Completion of Grasshopper Management Program Spatial Database Further work has been undertaken to finalise the spatial dataset created for the Grasshopper Management Program. Spray site areas will be now be managed within the PIIMS database. Initial work has been undertaken to interrogate the data collected, looking at such issues as identifying ‘hotspots’ for targeting future management Page 3 of 16
  4. 4. Attachment A: SICOM Agency Report programs, and mapping spray targets in 3 and 4 dimensional space to analyse the spread of targets over topography and time. Contact Person: Stephen Bell Manager, Spatial Information Services PIRSA Ph. 08 8463 3288 Email. Page 4 of 16
  5. 5. Attachment A: SICOM Agency Report National Native Title Tribunal Current Spatial Activities/Projects Native TitleVision (NTV) Training The NNTT will be providing training for their Native Title Vision extranet system on Wednesday 31st January at Level 4, 74 Pirie Street, Adelaide. A number of SICOM member agencies have been invited to participate in addition to other users such as the Attorney General’s, Crown Solicitors Office, SA Farmers Federation and Federal Court. If other SICOM members are interested in access to NTV or similar training please do not hesitate to contact the NNTT. There may be some spare capacity at the schedule training if you you would like to be placed on a stand-by list. Future Spatial Activities/Projects e-Mediation portal Migration of existing and future geo-enabled research databases to a NTV environment. Contact Person: Peter Bowen Manager, Geospatial Services Information and Knowledge Management Division National Native Title Tribunal Ph. 08 9268 7306 Email. Page 5 of 16
  6. 6. Attachment A: SICOM Agency Report Spatial Sciences Institute Current Spatial Activities/Projects SSC 2007 The Spatial Sciences Institute Biennial International Conference will be held in Hobart, Tasmania from the 14-18 May. Keep up to date with program and registration details at APSEA The 2006 Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards were held in the evening of the 9th of November 2006 in the Grand Ballroom, Hilton Brisbane. South Australia was well represented, with most of the winners from the 2006 SASEA awards entered in industry and individual categories. South Australian women were particularly successful, being awarded in two categories. Dr Megan Lewis was awarded in the Education and Professional Development Category, and Penny Baldock was awarded as Young Spatial Professional of the Year. The Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards 2007 will be held in Sydney, in conjunction with an SSI regional conference. The 2007 APSEA will incorporate an additional category to recognise outstanding achievement by a tertiary student. The new award will be run in each region by the SSI Young Professionals group, and winners from each region will be referred on to the National Award. SSI Strategic Plan The SSI Strategic Plan 2006-2010 is now available for download from the SSI website at The plan will guide the continued growth and sustainability of the SSI, while ensuring that SSI members continue to have a positive impact on the community. Women in Spatial The SSI Women in Spatial Initiative began as a response to an analysis of SSI membership statistics in late 2006, which revealed that only 8% of SSI members were women. The initiative will examine whether this statistic is reflective of the industry as a whole, and will collect quantitative and qualitative information on the status of women in the spatial industry through a national survey and a series of national forums. The South Australian forum will be held on Tuesday the 6th of February, with a presentation from Marnie Leybourne, Director of WALLIS in WA, followed by a panel and audience discussion. Check the SA spatial calendar for details of the event. Final results of the Women in Spatial Initiative will be presented at SSC07 in Hobart, and will be followed by a report and recommendations. Young Professionals SA The SSI SA YP’s held their first elections at the end of 2006, resolving the previous interim status of the group. The new committee features some new and old faces, with Matthew Hynes from Pyper Leaker assuming the role of Chair. The first YP hosted event for 2007 will be Twilight Lawn Bowls on Friday the 23rd February, check the spatial calendar at for details of all upcoming SSI events. SSI Institute Young Professionals Having established a position and national structure within the SSI, the YP group will enter a more strategic mode of operation, focussing on particular issues within the industry. This direction will be driven from the soon to be completed YP Strategic Plan. Sub-committees, lead from the national committee, but with contribution from the membership, will look at critical aspects of the industry and allow YP’s to contribute in a Page 6 of 16
  7. 7. Attachment A: SICOM Agency Report coordinated manner to planning groups and ‘Think Tanks’. Education and skills formation is one such critical issue. YP’s were represented at the SEAC workshop at the end of 2006, and will continue to contribute to this and other strategies to address the projected skills shortage. Future Spatial Activities/Projects SSI Certification Scheme for Government Employees In the coming months, the SSI will begin talks with the Public Service Association to investigate ways in which the SSI certification scheme may be able to lift the wage and classification profile of spatial scientists working in the state government. Spatial scientists are currently classified primarily as administrative officers, however certification may enable this group of employees to be recognised in the professional stream. SSI Calendar of Events The SSI Calendar of Events for the first quarter of 2007 is now available from the SSI website: An exciting range of spatial forums, site visits and social events will be held so keep your eye on the calendar throughout 2007. Contact Person: Sarah Crossman Chair, Spatial Sciences Institute South Australia Ph. 08 8463 3971 Page 7 of 16
  8. 8. Attachment A: SICOM Agency Report Australian Bureau of Statistics Current Spatial Activities/Projects Review of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification Late last year the ABS conducted the initial phase of the review where possible options for a new standard statistical geographical classification were identified. This was done by a committee of ABS and external experts (the ASGC review committee); John Glover is on this committee. The ABS has drafted general principles which are being evaluated by the ASGC review committee. Once these general principles are endorsed, the ABS will involve stakeholders in a consultation process. ABS Population Census 2006 output QuickStats, QuickMaps and Census Tables will be the first three Census products to be released with 2006 Census data. They will be available June/July 2007 with first release data. QuickStats is a summary of key Census data relating to persons, families and dwellings and also contains a small textual description of the statistics contained within the tables. QuickStats is not inclusive of all Census topics, instead providing a selection of general topics and data about a chosen area. QuickMaps are designed to provide users with quick and easy access to thematically mapped Census statistics. The maps will be available for larger geographies and will depict selected population, ethnicity, education, family, income, labour force and dwelling characteristics. The Census Tables product is designed for clients who are interested in either data on a particular geographic area, or data on a specific topic. Each of the available tables contain key Census characteristics of persons, families and dwellings, covering most topics on the Census form. For users who would like to have a preliminary look at these three products, they are available on the ABS website with ABS Population Census 2001 data (link included below). <> Contact Person: Liz Finlay Assistant Director SA State Statistical Coordination Unit Australian Bureau of Statistics Ph. 08 8237 7417 Email. <> Page 8 of 16
  9. 9. Attachment A: SICOM Agency Report Land Services Group, DTEI Current Spatial Activities/Projects • The Property Location Browser has had limited release to clients, 1222 user sessions recorded for December 2006, • Rural Property Addressing – see separate report • Mobile Valuation Platform – The Microsoft Innovation Centre has been working with Valuation SA to develop proof of concept for a mobile valuation tool that will provide valuers with on-line access to data held in the valuation system Contact Person: Peter Kentish Surveyor-General Land Services Group Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure Ph. 08 8226 4036 Email. Page 9 of 16
  10. 10. Attachment A: SICOM Agency Report SA Water Current Spatial Activities/Projects Response to audit of infrastructure asset data This project originates from the findings of the “Audit of Infrastructure and Minor Plants Assets 2005-06”, conducted by the Auditor-General’s Department in March 2006. The quality of infrastructure asset data and the processes employed to update this information in SA Water’s Corporate GIS were extensively investigated by the auditors and appropriate actions assigned to improve these processes. The project is focussed on tightening system controls in ArcFM to improve the capture and update of water, wastewater and recycled water infrastructure asset data. The project will be completed by February 2007. Maintenance of Customer/Asset linkage data Until recently, SA Water has been unable to effectively link our Customer Services Information System (CSIS) to our Corporate GIS. This has reduced our capacity to accurately determine water consumption relating to localised pipe networks or to determine which customers are affected by a burst. However, we have recently completed a project which has resulted in the capture of the majority of water meters throughout the state. Change in CIO and Internal Focus SA Water has recently appointed a new CIO. His name is Simon Soon and he joins us from Yarra Valley Water in Victoria. Simon has made some immediate changes to our group’s structure and the GIS team is now a core part of the newly formed Asset and Environmental Systems group. In the future, this group will most likely include other asset related systems such as work management and SCADA. In addition to this, Simon has engaged an external consultant to prepare an IT Strategic Plan for SA Water which will contain a 10 year vision and is likely to spawn multiple IT projects. GPS Training SA Water has procured over 100 hand held GPS units and has distributed these to country depots. Late last year, two of our GIS staff travelled the state to provide GPS refresher training to our Operations staff who are now using the devices to capture and locate missing assets such as water meters and fire plugs and also capture the location of work events such water main bursts. Data Loads • SA Water has begun loading the new 2006 AeroMetrex imagery data into SDE to complement the 2004 set. • The transfer of property data from DTEI to SA Water is currently being reviewed to ensure consistency across all systems in SA Water. Future Spatial Activities/Projects Alignment of our network data models with our proposed new Asset Register As a strategic initiative, SA Water is developing a new Asset Register Hierarchy. Since our Corporate GIS is currently our pipe asset register, we are anticipating considerable Page 10 of 16
  11. 11. Attachment A: SICOM Agency Report changes will be required to our Water, Wastewater and Recycled Water Data Models to accommodate the new Asset Register Hierarchy. These changes will also impact our existing data edit, data management and data distribution software applications. SDM are currently engaged to help us generate a conceptual model. Mobile Office for the Field Force SA Water is currently gathering business requirements for the development of a mobile office for our Operations field staff. The new solution is likely to be implemented on tough book type technology and include remote access to systems such as work management, GIS and email. Contact Person: Phillip Burton Acting Manager Asset and Environmental Systems Information Services Division SA Water Ph. 08 8204 1009 Email. Page 11 of 16
  12. 12. Attachment A: SICOM Agency Report Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology Current Spatial Activities/Projects TIFS (Thunderstorm Interactive Forecast System) Cell based severe thunderstorm tracking and forecast system, capable of generating text and graphic products. Text data will begin with an operational trial during January 2007. Trial graphical web data will be available via an Emergency Services registered users web site from January 2007. Graphical data is capable of being produced in GIS format. ftp site is planned for access to raw data. Status: On schedule. SES interest in graphical web data during test phase. No users yet identified for GIS format data in South Australia. RAINFIELDS Error corrected quantitative radar rainfall fields. Will become available in NetCDF GIS format via a ftp site during November. Status: On schedule. One potential user identified in South Australia. Commercial irrigation company. Excellent outcomes from recent rains. RAINMAP Graphical display of rain gauge observed rainfall. National and State colour graded contours of 24 hour to 9am rain totals are currently available via the Bureau’s public web site. Suffers from timeliness and coarse resolution. Local SARO project is currently generating png and pdf published maps of colour graded contours of 24 hour to 9am rain totals at higher spatial resolution. These maps are currently subject to internal evaluation. Status: Requires resources to take it further. GIS2WEB Meteorological data fields available via ftp site. Demonstration project allows meteorological data to be captured and read into ARC and MAPINFO GIS systems. Status: No government users yet identified in South Australia. Currently being offered on a commercial basis by Bureau’s SSU to ETSA Utilities. EER (Environmental Emergency Response) Plume model output available via request to SA Regional Forecast Centre (BoM). Accessible as fax or download from web as GIF or GIS format. Status: Continuing trials with SAMFS (HAZMAT) and PIRSA, animal health emergencies. No standing operational procedures developed yet. Future Spatial Activities/Projects (PROPOSAL) Emergency Service Working Group Identify current GIS data currently suitable for Emergency Services. Identify infrastructure requirements for integrating this data into the State Emergency Operations Centre, SAMFS Operations Centre, CFS Operations Centre, SES Operations Centre, SAPOL Operations Centre, Bureau of Meteorology. Page 12 of 16
  13. 13. Attachment A: SICOM Agency Report Stakeholder membership: DEH Mapping, Bureau of Meteorology, SES, CFS, SAMFS, SAPOL. Contact Person: John Nairn Supervising Meteorologist Bureau of Meteorology South Australia Ph. 08 8366 2723 Email. Page 13 of 16
  14. 14. Attachment A: SICOM Agency Report Department for Environment and Heritage Current Spatial Activities/Projects EQUEST - Environmental Query and Search Tool The Environmental Query and Search Tool (EQuest) Biological Profile was released to aid DEH staff in querying environmental data. EQuest is an online mapping portal that integrates spatial and textual information from corporate databases, and is powered by ESRI Australia's EView software. EQuest Biological enables users to query data from many datasets, including the Biological Survey Database of SA (BDBSA), Roadside Vegetation and the National Vegetation Information System (NVIS). Users can perform complex queries of the BDBSA and display the spatial and textual results, generate unique species lists of their study area, create species distribution maps, and export recorded survey and species information. Mapping Support Team The Mapping Support Team (MST) has had a busy start to the 2006/07 fire danger season with ~725 hours over 28 callouts to date, compared to ~626 hours over 16 callouts for the entire 2005/06 season. Deployments have been mainly at field based Incident Control Centres and CFS HQ but also at the State Emergency Centre. Regional GIS staff have been included in the MST for this season which has enabled significantly improved response capabilities. Regional GIS staff from Mount Gambier, Berri, Port Lincoln and Kingscote have been involved in callouts so far this season, including an 11 day deployment of the MST to the Bookmark fire in the Murraylands. The use of a wireless CDMA Router, allowing Internet access at Incident Control Centres around the state, has also improved the MST capability. South Australia Vegetation - SAVEG A nationally agreed framework called NVIS (National Vegetation Information System) has been adopted to store and manage vegetation-mapping data for South Australia. The SA implementation of NVIS is known as SAVEG. NVIS was developed to consistently describe and compile data for native vegetation types in Australia. Existing digital regional mapping datasets have been translated into the NVIS standard and all new mapping is incorporated directly into a seamless statewide dataset. This SAVEG data is currently available. Internet access via on-line web mapping is also available for SAVEG via NatureMaps – Page 14 of 16
  15. 15. Attachment A: SICOM Agency Report Standard Mapping Products - MIPOD The initial focus of the MIPOD (Mapping and Information Products on Demand) project is on a review and update of existing standard map products. This has involved both the archiving of historic maps and updating specifications and production techniques for revised map products. To date this has included: • Historic Maps, which includes original printed 1:2,500 and 1:10,000 ortho-photo maps, and 1:25,000 topographic maps – 12 CD set. • Administrative Boundaries map series, which includes LGA’s, Suburbs, Postcodes, Counties and Hundreds state and metropolitan area coverage in A0 and A3 formats. (A0 printed on demand and A3 quarterly update free web download) • Updated TopoMap CD’s for Yorke Peninsula, Mid-North, Southern Flinders and Eyre Peninsula regions incorporating all updates from CFS Map Book series. Other regions will be completed as data is revised. Products will be available through Mapland ( from Feb 2007. Future Spatial Activities/Projects Drought Support While some GIS and mapping support work has already been undertaken for environmental aspects of the drought, upcoming work will focus on supporting the environmental assessment of the Wellington Weir proposal. Asset Management System A major project to redevelop the departmental Asset Management and Reporting Information System (ARAMIS) is nearing completion with a phased implementation scheduled over the next few months. The redeveloped system incorporates a significant spatial component including the integration of a web-mapping interface for query and reporting and a customised ArcPad data capture and ArcGIS data check in/out interface. Contact Person: Iain Malcolm Manager Environmental Information Analysis Branch Environmental Information Department for Environment and Heritage Ph. 08 8463 3967 Email. Page 15 of 16
  16. 16. Attachment A: SICOM Agency Report Planning SA – SPAR Branch Current Spatial Activities/Projects Projects in which the SPAR Branch in Planning SA is currently involved include the following: • The update of the Retail and Industry databases is about to commence and should be completed by mid 2008. • A major project to capture, in GIS format, all the buildings and structures in the 22 communities in the Aboriginal lands. The Federal Government has passed all management of the assets to the State and this project is to convert all the original CAD based data to a GIS format. Detailed Aerial photography has been taken for each community and should be available very shortly. • Changes in Heritage Act and Development Act now require that a common register be maintained of all heritage sites in South Australia. The SPAR Branch of Planning SA and the Heritage Branch, DEH have been working together for some time to construct a spatially enabled heritage website which can be used to access the Heritage Register. The locations of almost all State sites have now been checked and captured while work continues on the local council based sites. The council based sites are proving much more difficult to verify. It expected that the website will be ready for public release by mid 2007. • A study of the potential options for future urban growth in the Adelaide and Outer Metro areas is currently underway. The study involves the analysis of a wide range of spatially related data to assist in the selection of potential areas. Thanks are expressed to all those agencies who have cooperated by supplying data for use in the assessment of the constraints and opportunities that may apply to any potential areas. • An analysis is to be undertaken of the supply and demand for housing in the metro area and how that may impact on the release of land by the Land Management Commission. It expected to be completed by mid 2007. • The 2006 BroadAcre analysis has been completed. • The State population projections have been completed and estimates are available by SLA, SD’s or for the whole state by age and sex. Approval is required before they can be released, but it is expected that that they should be available by March 2007. • The production of new development plan mapping under the Better Development Plan project is continuing and the first examples are expected to be available in March. These plans, which will be produced from GIS data using a GIS based approach, will be a major advance over the old black and white format and will incorporate colour for the first time. Contact Person: Peter Brooke-Smith Senior GIS Analyst SPAR Branch Planning SA Level 4, 136 North Tce. Adelaide GPO Box 1815, Adelaide, SA 5001 Ph (08) 8303 0707 Fax (08) 8303 0716 email: Page 16 of 16