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Profile of a Successful Public/Private Partnership: Topographic Mapping Production in Victoria Glenn Cockerton Managing Director – Spatial Vision WALIS 2008 Presentation Outline This presentation aims to: Outline the new partnering arrangement for topographic map production in Victorian Describe the products produced as a result of the partnership Review the pre-conditions necessary for the formation of the partnership Summarise the benefits that have been delivered Background In the past, a limited range of topographic mapping products have been available in Victoria comprising principally DSE’s: 1:25,000/1:50,000 sheet (A1) maps 1:30,000 A4 online maps (via Land Channel) For the emergency service organisations (ESOs) the range was a little broader comprising: CFA’s regional topo map books DSE’s FireMap CD-ROM of 1:25,000 & 1:100,000 sheet maps Various topographic maps produced “in-house” by ESO GIS units Background These map publications have generally: Used widely varying production methodologies Suffered from inconsistent symbology standards Been based on data drawn from different and rarely up-to-date sources For ESOs these problems were more serious: Operational problems due to inconsistent maps Topographic mapping was not well integrated with the State’s computer aided dispatch systems Background The 2002 Bushfire Season in southern Australia was extreme with major fires occurring in Victoria In 2003, the Victorian Bushfire Inquiry, amongst a wide range of other matters: concluded the range of topographic mapping used by the State's various ESOs was retarding effective operations recommended that the State's ESOs adopt a coordinated and consistent approach to mapping Background Historically CFA produced some 11 map books covering the State Used by many other agencies informally Very well regarded Slow to be updated (some were up to 10 years old) Contained variable quality mapping data Were inconsistent with the State map base and maps used by other ESOs Were produced in an isolated manner that did not lead to the improvement of the State map base Background Following a competitive tendering process, in late 2004, DSE selected Spatial Vision to form a partnership to develop state-wide topographic mapping products that would be: Authoritative Consistent Up-to-date Available to all Victorian ESOs, government agencies and the public generally Background In parallel, Spatial Vision proposed to CFA that they also join the DSE/SV partnership for topographic map production CFA signed a partnership agreement in mid-2005 DSE’s Role Under the partnership arrangements, DSE’s role is to: Focus its resources on the maintenance and upgrading of the State’s spatial data infrastructure and the data supporting topographic mapping Expand the network of formal maintenance and access agreements with data custodians Provide a range of mechanisms for on-going data improvement including user feedback DSE’s Role DSE continues to produce a range of topographic Map Products in-house comprising: 1:30,000 A4 and A3 PDFs via Land Channel 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 hard copy (A1) map sheets 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 (A1) digital maps The first two products are widely used by the public and businesses for a broad range of purposes The latter is available for use by DSE/DPI and emergency services only Feedback Process Formal feedback system for processing reports of potential data errors Feedback from topographic map users logged Issue referred to the appropriate data custodian for determination If required, data maintenance is implemented Outcome reported back to users The Role of CFA Under the partnership arrangements, CFA is responsible for: Maintenance of mapping data for which CFA is custodian (eg CFA facility locations, water collection points, stream crossings) Reviewing the Vicmap Book product specification to ensure it continues to meet CFA operational requirements Assisting with map checking during production The Role of Spatial Vision Spatial Vision’s primary responsibility is to produce, publish and distribute the contracted mapping products required by the CFA and other ESOs Introduce innovations for existing and new mapping products Working with DSE, CFA, other data custodians and other stakeholders to facilitate improvements to the underlying mapping data and future Vicmap Books Provide compensation to DSE for the use of Vicmap Digital data by way of royalty payments Spatial Vision’s Vicmap Book The new VicMap Book series comprising: Five map books 1:100,000 topographic maps (state-wide) 1:50,000 topographic maps (selected areas) 1:15,000 and 1:20,000 township maps Each map book comprises approximately 300 pages Includes: Comprehensive street and location indices Rural road addressing Spatial Vision’s Vicmap Book Intended for use by: ESOs DSE/DPI, Parks Victoria, LGAs, CMAs, utilities and other government agencies Regional and rural businesses Recreational users (4WD, Fishing Clubs, etc) Spatial Vision’s Vicmap Book Source Data Primarily based on VicMap data and augmented with other selected data sets from DSE, CFA and others Spatial Vision working with SII to facilitate improving data quality and improved data custodial arrangements Will be upgraded as new and improved data sets become available Spatial Vision’s Vicmap Book Spatial Vision’s VicMap Book Spatial Vision’s VicMap Book Spatial Vision’s VicMap Book Spatial Vision’s VicMap Book Spatial Vision’s Vicmap Book The whole of Victoria has now been covered First of the five Vicmap Books was released in early 2006, the fifth in mid-2007 In other words, state-wide coverage achieved in under two years Spatial Vision’s VicMap Book Vicmap Books have been: Loaded into Victoria’s emergency dispatch system Widely adopted by every Victorian ESO Popular with a wide range of government agencies and the public The five Vicmap Books are being updated every 24 months Companion Products Spatial Vision’s map production platform also produces: Georeferenced digital mosaics (1:100,000 and 1:50,000) Individual georeferenced map pages (1:100,000 and 1:50,000) PDFs of individual map book pages Consumer Map Products Spatial Vision’s map production platform also produces: Interactive DVD: topographic maps for the entire state in OziExplorer format Companion Products And: Custom wall maps Other custom mapping products Topographic Map Products And: Custom map books Pre-Conditions Awareness of the increasing unsustainability of the process being used by the CFA to produce map books and a realisation that producing and distributing map books were not the core business of the CFA The need for common topographic mapping across ESOs and government more generally DSE’s formal data custodianship program The inherent quality of the state’s map base Recognition by DSE and CFA that map production was not going to be adequately funded in the future Outcomes Victoria now has a high quality topographic mapping resource shared across government and accessible to the community Initiative has been endorsed and implemented by the Victorian State Government and all emergency services Uses the latest Government spatial data resources Results in a widening range of products offering – Practical scales Authoritative data Up-to-date currency Reliability Completeness State map base (Vicmap) continues to be upgraded and improved Thank you. 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