Spatial Dimension is pleased to announce that the Ugandan Department of Geological Survey and Mines (DGSM), through the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development won a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award at the Esri User Conference that was recently held in San Diego.
The award, for the success of their Mining Cadastre and Registry System, was presented by Jack Dangermond, President of Esri Inc.
“Spatial Dimension would like to congratulate the DGSM and MTL Consulting on this successful project. It is great that technology projects in emerging markets are getting the exposure and due recognition they deserve on the international stage,” said Mr Bill Feast, Managing Director of Spatial Dimension.
The Esri news release on the award is copied below.
Uganda’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development wins at SAG Awards
The Ministry’s Department of Geological Survey and Mines leveraged GIS technology to substantially deliver transparency and efficiency in its mining cadastre system by developing an accurate database of its mining licenses.
In Uganda, the management of the Mining Cadastre is the responsibility of the Department of Geological Survey and Mines (DGSM) within the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD). The work is carried out by three divisions within the DGSM, namely the Mines Division (MD), the Geodata Division (GD) and the Geology Division (GLD).
The goal was to obtain a computerised mining cadastre system that covered all aspects of transactions that take place during the life cycle of the mining title.
- the initial application,
- the granting of the licence
- the payment of annual fees
- tracking of the necessary annual reports,
- reassignment or lapsing,
- Relinquishment of the title.
A transparent modern mining cadastre system, which would increase efficiency, in the granting of management mineral rights, improves accuracy and accessibility of information.
Most license information was captured in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet for active licences as well as expired licenses. However, some important information pertinent to licenses, whether in application stage, active or expired, had been omitted from the tables.
- Existing mineral rights under the current manual system needed to be included in the new system.
- Development of a database of mining licenses that includes their status, geographical location, ownership, fees and dues paid, and other relevant information.
- Accurate location and documentation of corner points of mining concessions.
A modern mineral documentation system was put in place to ensure efficient and effective access to basic geological information on Uganda and the Geological Survey and Mines Department. They also established a modern documentation department. The center is in place to ensure efficient storage, search, retrieval, and dissemination of information governing the mineral potential of Uganda, strengthen information sharing and exchange among geo-science stakeholders through market strategy.
The center is equipped with ArcGIS solutions for providing a legally valid mapping system; a Trimble GeoXT GPS is used to locate corner points of concessions.
The Geological Survey and Mines Department has benefited from the integration of the new system. GIS was used to consolidate a fully functional computerised mining cadastre system. The database includes, mining licenses, their status, geographical location, ownership, fees and dues paid, and other relevant information. The ArcGIS Software has provided a legally valid mapping system and the Global Positioning System (GPS) is been used to locate corner points of concessions and this has considerably reduced disputes.
The mining cadastre system is now transparent, to the public, for general application, non-discretionary and respect the priority of the first application presented. A system has stages, instances and resources to allow mineral rights owners to adequately defend their rights in accordance with the provisions of relevant legislation.
- The Esri Software used included ArcGIS Desktop Standard & Arc Pad
- Esri Partner solutions used; FlexiCadastre
- Data used; Hardcopy Maps from previous surveys done in older governmental regimes, GPS Data and Geophysical Data
- Hardware used; Trimble GeoExplorer 6000 Series GeoXT, A3 Laser Printer, Barcode Scanner
Additional information can be accessed at http://esriea.co.ke/index.php/ugandas-ministry-of-energy-and-mineral