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Colac Otway Shire Mapping Portal

CeRDI, in collaboration with the Colac Otway Shire (COS), has created an easily accessible, intuitive-to-use, interoperable mapping portal to provide data and visual information about properties in the Shire. This information can be used by individuals and organisations including, community groups, government departments and agencies, other municipalities, regional authorities, emergency service researchers and businesses. The COS Mapping Portal has been extended to assist stakeholders in sharing comprehensive information and mobilisation for recovery priorities following the Wye River- Jameson’s Creek Bushfire in December 2015.
 

Colac Otway Shire Mapping Portal

Colac Otway Shire Mapping Portal

Background

CeRDI has partnered with the Colac Otway Shire (COS) Council and Emergency Management Victoria to establish the Colac Otway Shire Mapping Portal.

Colac Otway Shire's mapping portal is is easily accessible and intuitive-to-use and is designed to empower decision-making by a range of stakeholders including community groups, government departments and agencies, other municipalities, regional authorities, emergency services, businesses and researchers.

Since January 2016 the COS Mapping Portal has been extended to assist stakeholders in sharing comprehensive information and mobilisation for recovery priorities following the Wye River- Jameson’s Creek Bushfire in December 2015. Extensive additional information resources including aerial photography, reports and datasets are available to involved groups via secure password-protected logins.

Extensive engagement with regional stakeholders has been a key success factor for this project, with improved decision making achieved through the redevelopment of the Colac Otway Shire Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP).

Colcal Otway Shire Mapping Portal

Colac Otway Shire Mapping Portal

Outcomes

The development of the COS mapping portal is an excellent example of a project which is now maintained and driven by the client. The mapping portal has been used to facilitate the dissemination of complex spatial data for projects such as the 2016 Wye River and Jamieson Track Fire Recovery with minimal CeRDI involvement. The platform allowed numerous agencies, consultants and committees to access sensitive data customised to their roles within the recovery effort.

Other council-led projects and committees are also using the platform to provide tailored access to the spatial data needed within their projects. Numerous aerial imagery layers, and LiDAR-based products have also been pre-processed and delivered through the portal in web-friendly formats.

Technical Features

The main technical features are listed below:

  • New address search functionality utilising HERE maps API
  • Property parcel selection and report functionality
  • Saved and themed maps
  • Customised layer filtering and export functions
  • Social media integration including the ability to share save map views
  • The ability for the user to add any Web Map Service (WMS) layer to the map.

The Municipal Emergency Management Planning (MEMP) document was collaboratively developed using CeRDI’s Single Source Publishing technology which supports publication in multiple formats including web-based, eBook and via syndication. Notably, the web published MEMP is linked to live data via the COS Mapping Portal. This is a significant achievement revolutionising the traditional publishing process and offering digital support solutions to the community.

Approach

The development of the Colac Otway Shire mapping portal has been an iterative process. Initial maps focussed on datasets that were already available for the region, including groundwater, landslides and erosion. Through funding provided by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP) the landslide database was fully developed and the technology underpinning the current Aerial imagery delivery was implemented. Other municipal datasets were added over time including Points of interest, Recycling and Rubbish collection maps.

As the CeRDI GIS platform evolved it provided GIS staff within the council to take more control of their map and better integration with internal systems. There was a rapid increase in the number of layers and information delivered via the portal.

In 2016, the mapping platform was redeveloped with a much greater focus on useability, introducing thematic maps and advanced features which provided the end user with much greater control. The functionality of the portal is now very much driven by the council and their stakeholders.

Future Directions

The Colac Otway Shire continues to provide leadership in this area and has identified a number of focus areas for development when funds become available. The ability to allow the end-user to query and filter across multiple layers (both vector and raster) would allow for more complex questions to be explored. Increased use of 3D visualisation and time-series animations is another area of interest.

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