Geoscience Australia & MapData Services

  • 600% Reduction in costs
  • 80% Reduction in manual effort
  • 98% Reduction in data delivery speed

MapData Services needed to help their client Geoscience Australia (GA) deliver terabytes of elevation data more efficiently. The current method for storing elevation data involved hard drives and even floppy disks, making the data difficult and expensive to share (via shipping). As a result, simple data requests could take weeks to fulfil, and companies had to pay hefty fees for data delivery.

Geoscience Australia wanted to provide users with a quick, easy, and affordable way to download map data in the formats, coordinate system and the area of choice. Their solution was to create an automated cloud-based data delivery system.

How they made it possible – using the #1 tool for spatial data integration.

MapData Services and Geoscience Australia chose FME Cloud and AWS (S3) to provide an automated system for data delivery that was scalable as new datasets were added. Named the Elevation Information System (ELVIS), it allows users to download data for their area of interest in both the format and coordinate system of their preference.

Implementing the data delivery system in the cloud has improved reliability and allowed requests for information to be handled automatically, reducing manual effort by 80%. Government, academia and the public can now access GA’s elevation data holdings by email in 5 minutes, and large orders can be downloaded within the hour. As a result, data downloads have increased by 530%, and costs have been reduced by 600%.

Geoscience Australia is the country’s national geological survey.
MapData Services is a premium specialist in the digital mapping and data market.

FME Products Used:

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  • FME Desktop
  • FME Cloud

“Other state agencies are now seeing the benefit of using the cloud to deliver large data volumes quickly and reliably.” -- Brett Madsen, MapData Services