SIGEOM to Serve all Québecers
By Charles Roy
SIGEOM Project Leader
SIGEOM now offers users synchronized access to the GESTIM mining title database. Since early spring, users have been able to consult mining titles inSIGEOM à la carte at the following address: http://sigeom.mrnf.gouv.qc.ca/signet/classes/I1102_indexAccueil. Under the menu “Mining titles” you will find “Mining rights” and “Mining rights on demand.” The following figure shows the mining titles menu:
“Mining rights” refers to rights whose status is “active,” “abandoned,” “converted,” etc. It is possible to perform a search using geographic elements such as NTS map sheet number, township/seigniory, type of title, and title number. Users can also search by title status, date of registration, expiry date, titleholder, or customized territory. While search results accurately reflect the mining cadastre, they are not considered the legal version, which is under the purview of DEDM.
The following figure shows the list of search fields:
“Mining rights on demand” refers to rights whose status is on demand, i.e., titles that are sought by one or more companies or persons but that have not yet been granted by the registrar. The search criteria are “NTS map sheet,” “township/seigniory,” and “customized territory.” The following figure shows the search criteria for mining rights on demand.
By searching both types of titles, users can get a clear picture of both the rights granted and those on demand across Québec.
What is new for the customer in all this? The good news is that all the functions used for other SIGEOM geoscientific entities are available for title rights, too. The search, advanced search, project conversion, format conversion, e-commerce, and download functions are available. Titles are simply treated as another form of SIGEOM data. The following figure shows mining rights (green), mining rights on demand (yellow), and diamond drilling sites (red) on the 22B15 page. The mining rights are held by an individual owner.
The SIGEOM group is also in the process of preparing a geophysical atlas that will serve to identify regional geophysical information. With this application, users will be able to retrieve various types of information. The following figure shows the system’s interface.
SIGEOM version 2010
The SIGEOM group is working to update the system by changing certain “modus operandi” to speed up information updates and provide continuous Québec-wide coverage. The hardware and software components of the system will be ready at the end of 2010. As for the database update, changes will be introduced gradually over several years. These changes are, of course, part of our strategy to improve customer service and the accuracy and quality of geoscientific data, and keep this information up-to-date, all at the lowest possible cost.
The continuous representation of linear (faults, folds, contacts, etc.) and polygonal elements (geologic zones, etc.) should provide users with greater insight into the field of geology. For example, a fault such as the Cadillac Fault would appear as a single linear element crossing a good part of the Abitibi region. One of this fault’s attributes will be the NTS sheets that it crosses. We will be working to provide this continuous coverage in the coming years.
This system update will allow two product formats to be offered: the Shapefile format and the File GeoDataBase format, both from the company ESRI. Shapefile can be used both with ArcGIS and MapInfo. MapInfo allows delivery of the entire SIGEOM relational data model. It will still be possible to purchase data à la carte or in sets of 1:40,000 or 1:250,000.
What's in Store
We are looking into improving our page and plan map (image size and other functions) to make the site more user-friendly.
We are attuned to new market trends and are studying various options such as Google Earth or Visual Earth technology to display geographic data. We are also considering the use of Web services so that users can connect to the ministerial database and obtain information related to their work without having to go through an intermediary. Furthermore, we plan to better streamline our site with other government data to provide customers with a clearer picture of the territory and land use restrictions.
Géologie Québec is proud of its information system and considers it a valuable tool that serves a growing clientele and makes quality geoscientific information on Québec accessible to all. That’s why we are devoting considerable effort to upgrading the technologies and improving data and accessibility.