NRCan Surveyor General Branch

NRCan wanted to run workflows overnight without manual intervention.

NRCan Surveyor General Branch provides tools and datasets available for use by land surveyors, land administrators and other stakeholders, including Indigenous land users.

Having accurate information that is updated in a timely manner is critical as the data is often used to help manage property rights, for subdividing land and land-use planning, for Indigenous land claims and more.

The Surveyor General Branch (SGB) of National Resources Canada (NRCan) operates dynamic data from 48 databases in 32 projections with 60,000 features in SHP, ArcSDE, DWG, and SQL Server.

With huge quantities of valuable data, there was too much to manage manually. They needed to find a reliable tool to handle the variety of spatial data, automate workflows, and alert to any errors.

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

The Surveyor General Branch of NRCan uses FME to automate their workflows, running them overnight without intervention. By the time they arrive for work in the morning, FME has pulled together data from diverse datasets across the country, de-normalized database information for business intelligence, and identified all the errors spilled into the databases the previous day. They use FME Desktop to create the workflows and automate sending success/failure details.

Using FME, they produce KML files for Google Earth, DWG files for AutoCAD, Shapefiles for many users, keep web applications up-to-date, and provide data to map services.

“You leave the office in the late afternoon to go home. Then FME takes over, and the next morning you come back, and it’s all done. What more could you wish for?” -- Gido Langen, NRCan Surveyor General Branch