Washington Cadastral Framework

Status Report


Since the last Washington Cadastral Framework project meeting in February, 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. The Partnership Agreement has been signed by the Supervisor of the Department of Natural Resources and distributed for Partner signatures. This is a milestone for the project and partners are to be commended for providing input on the agreement. 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.

Greg Tudor is now managing the Forest Roads Project at DNR, so his time available for the Washington Cadastral Framework is limited.

The Washington Cadastral Framework partners have met 11/18/1998, 06/15/1999, 08/19/1999 11/10/1999, and 02/17/2000 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, 01/26/2000, and 03/27/2000, to review requirements of theme integration and coordinate development. The Cadastral Framework 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. 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. The NILS project schedule was released at the Western Governors Association Cadastral Forum; with an implementation of 09/2003, parcel maintenance software is still several years away.

The Washington Geographic Information Council was invited to send a delegation to the Western Governors Association Cadastral Data and Policy Forum in Salt Lake City 03/20-22/2000. It was an intensive three days of presentations, brain-storming, discussion, and prioritization. The forum was attended by a multi-disciplinary group of assessors, recorders, planners, surveyors, managers, and geographic information system technologists from federal, tribal, state, county, and city governments, and a few private organizations. Particularly impressive was the tribal representation at the forum, and also the cooperative spirit between the different professions and organizations. Discussion centered around an integrated approach to the cadastral business functions of land records, land surveys, land taxation, and land and resource management. Highlights of the forum were preparing a vision of ideal cadastral systems, and developing a list of priority actions for improving the quality and integration of cadastral business systems.

The notes and the priority actions from the forum can be found at: