DCS Spatial Services’ Survey Plan Digitisation Project is digitising NSW Deposited Plans into LandXML format. There are approximately 800,000 plans being converted from TIFF/PDF into LandXML and each deposited plan image has on average 700 data fields to be captured. The digitisation process is undertaken externally and all files are quality assured by Spatial Services.
LandXML provides a standard structure for survey plan information and once captured, can be accessed and re-used, reducing repeated manual data capture from plan images.
Use of digitised LandXML data
LandXML stores cadastral (property boundary) data in a defined structure which facilitates the automation of many processes. Categories of information captured:
- Parcels including dimensions
- Road parcels
- Administration information
- Plan datum and datum terminal points
- Control marks and connections
- Reference marks and connections
- Boundary connection lines
- Unsurveyed irregular lines
- Offset information
- Capture notes where capture differs to the plan image (see Error Code information sheet)
Information not included in digitised LandXML:
- Some survey notations
- Occupations and structures
- Adjoining information only shown graphically on the plan
Quality assurance and disclaimer
All converted LandXML files are subject to automatic quality assurance checks as part of the digitisation process. Manual checks are also performed by DCS Spatial Services to assess data quality and business impacts.
Where errors on a plan image are identified, corrections are applied to make the LandXML data useable. Error codes are inserted, along with attribute features, to identify the change. Errors can range from geometric miscloses to spelling mistakes. Where possible, amendments are given an error code.
How to access LandXML data
LandXML data is available at no additional cost through participating NSW Land Registry Services authorised Information Brokers with the purchase of the corresponding plan image.
The project is scheduled for completion in 2022 and will convert all new and historic NSW registered survey plans into LandXML.
By April 2020 more than 600,000 plans were digitised into LandXML format. High growth population centres have been prioritised for capture. The project will continue to assess priority areas for capture to maximise benefits for users.
Where can I find out more?
Email SS-SDS@customerservice.nsw.gov.au for more information.
Availability of LandXML: This map depicts the LGA’s where a significant proportion of plans have corresponding LandXML files which are accessible by NSW LRS Information Brokers.
Note: Not all Deposited Plans within Local Government Areas marked as ‘LandXML available’ have a corresponding LandXML file. The Survey Plan Digitisation Project is reviewing captured LGAs to identify and capture missing plans and continues to develop new capture procedures for plans previously excluded from the project scope.
Most Deposited Plans registered since early 2018 across all LGAs do have a corresponding LandXML file, including those LGAs shown as ‘not yet available’.