Washington Cadastral Framework

Status Report


Since the last Washington Cadastral Framework project meeting in November, we have been working primarily to consolidate some of the development objectives and finish the project deliverables for this phase. The FGDC extended the project grant deadline to 03/31/2000 to allow time to complete the integration pilot and integration plans. The Washington Cadastral Framework web site was updated to show the integration database with all of the parcel, legal description, boundary, point, and document data. After finding several problems with the last conversion, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has revised its conversion of public land survey, ownership, administration, management, and corner GIS layers to the cadastral database. I have received a lot of good feedback from partners over the past month, especially uncovering related projects and projects building on this one. The Partnership Agreement has been revised to reflect the long term goals of the project for making data public and is being reviewed by the Attorney General's office with discussion between the different agency representatives. The Supplemental Budget Request to the legislature was put together to extend the Cadastral Framework project. The Washington Cadastral Framework Project has been participating in the Parcel Consortium of the National Integrated Land System (NILS); several partners attended the meeting in Portland and provided comments on the requirements document and its presentation. Finally, I am starting to manage the Forest Roads Project at DNR and to work as a partner in the Washington Transportation Framework Project. However, I will still continue as project manager for the Washington Cadastral Framework Project on a limited basis for the next 6 to 12 months.

The Washington Cadastral Framework partners have met 11/18/1998, 06/15/1999, 08/19/1999 and 11/10/1999 to review the goals, direction, and status of phase 2 of the project. At the last meeting, discussion centered on the Partnership Agreement and transition of the project from development to operations, limited by the funding available. The Washington Cadastral Framework project partners will only be meeting as part of the regular agenda for the Framework Management Group. There will not be any separate partnership meetings until the project picks up again. Minutes for the meetings and revisions for the business processes and roles have been distributed and are available on the web site.

The integration pilot has attempted to minimize the work load on the data integrator and data providers. Partners discussed several possible procedures for integrating data in the pilot. Partners are providing updated data sets for integration development and testing. Partners expanded the scope of the integration pilot from Legal Area Descriptions, Boundaries, and Corners to include Parcels. BLM is developing the PLS subdivision of sixteenth sections and government lots, and assigning GCDB codes to corners in east Snohomish County. BLM's revisions will be integrated into the framework database. DNR is also working on improving the quality of corner data to put on the Cadastral Framework database. GCDB codes, monumentation status, corner types and qualifiers are being automated and will be verified by the integrator in land survey. A cadastral data transfer standard has been developed to allow partners to extract data from their data sets and integrate the data into the framework database. Partners have reviewed the data transfer standard several times and several suggested changes are being made. The AML programs which create transfer standard tables, format partner data into the transfer standard, extract ASCII attribute and shape files, and validate data for integration with the framework database will soon be available on the web page. These AML programs can be used as examples by partners for developing procedures to integrate their data. The development and maintenance of these programs has been turned over to the integration partners. An additional check for the production view of the integration database must be completed. The acquisition of partner login identifiers and passwords to the framework database has been more difficult than anticipated, but should be available soon. With these, partners will be able to access the database directly through ArcView or Arc DBMS integrator to extract data without having to download through an FTP process.

Representatives of the framework Transportation, Hydrography, and Cadastral projects have met on 01/26/1999, 02/18/1999, 03/31/1999, 04/29/1999, 06/02/1999, 07/16/1999, 10/13/1999, 12/08/1999, and 01/26/2000, to review requirements of theme integration and coordinate development. The Cadastral Framework Project has expressed interest in Hydrography features, and Transportation routes and addressing. Hydrography and Transportation projects are interested in having the Cadastral Framework provide point coordinates of significant locations.

The Washington Cadastral Framework project has been representing the Washington Framework partners on the NILS project with input on changes that should be made to the Cadastral Data Content Standard, implementation of the cadastral object classes, and development of tools to edit those objects within ARC 8.1. The NILS project schedule for this year has not been released. Participation in the NILS project has provided an opportunity to promote the requirements and standards which the Washington partners have developed at a national level.