Washington Cadastral Framework

Status Report

August 16, 2000

The Washington Cadastral Framework has closed out the FGDC grant in May with the completion of the final report on Phase 2 development. The DNR is able to provide support to partners on existing applications and data distribution services, but additional project applications are not being developed further at this time. Greg Tudor is now also managing the Forest Roads Project at DNR, so his time available for the Washington Cadastral Framework is limited. The Washington Cadastral Framework project partners are only meeting as part of the regular agenda in the Framework Management Group (FMG). There will not be any separate partnership meetings until the project picks up again. Project minutes and status updates are available on the web site: http://framework.dnr.state.wa.us/cadastre/.

Since the last FMG meeting, partners were provided with user identifiers and passwords in June to directly access the Washington Cadastral Framework database. Only a few partners have been accessing the database in this way, so a demonstration is being given at the FMG video meeting on 08/17/2000. The Washington Cadastral Framework database includes parcel, legal description, boundary, point, and document data. Partners may have noticed that the ArcView IMS server was not working during the last month, although no one called the Help Desk. ArcView has now been reinstalled with several patches to allow the IMS application to work with the new version of ArcView. The Framework server will be down in the near future to upgrade Oracle and SDE software. There have been no interruptions of data download service using the Cadastral Data Transfer Standard. (Note that direct database access is less cumbersome since the data does not have to be downloaded or reformatted using the utilities on the web site before use.) The DNR is continuing to revise the data conversion process to fix several known defects in the framework data. After several delays, the DNR is also working on adding GCDB codes, monumentation status, corner types, and qualifiers.

Several Washington Cadastral Framework partners have met in July to put together another budget request to the legislature. The consensus is that the biennium request may have a better chance of success after last year's discussion before the House State Government Subcommittee. There has been some cooperative effort in Grant County with WA DFW, DNR, DOT, and USBR to develop a cadastral data set for integration into the Washington Cadastral Framework.

Washington Cadastral Framework participation in the National Integrated Land System (NILS) project has provided an opportunity to promote the requirements and standards which the Washington partners have developed at a national level. The NILS project team has spent the past year developing the GeoCommunicator, and NILS is now refocusing on development of survey and parcel management utilities.