Category Archives: Summer 2020

A word from the boss

Responsive engagement, requires intuitive interactions

Reflecting on 2020 seems like living in an era where the status quo has been thrown out the window, there is a need to be able to make good decisions, faster in our day to day activities. For our teams internally at Mipela we have been focused on asking lots of questions as a catalyst for figuring out what happens next. We should never assume before trying to connect the dots in what we promise, delivery and support for our clients. We have been continually looking to improve our processes by looking at what tasks we can automate using the X-Info Suite to, over time, be able to better understand any trends, in turn using that information to make better decisions. Our plan is this inquisitiveness and process improvement leads to better skilled specialists in our teams and solutions for our clients as our combined knowledge increases.

Hayden McDonald
Founder and Managing Director

Managing Cultural Heritage across Barada Barna land

Barada Barna Aboriginal Corporation provide specialist cultural heritage and support services to corporations and individuals, particularly in the resources sector within the QCD2016/007 Native Title Claim area.

Mipela and Barada Barna have worked together on various projects over the years. Barada Barna recently contacted Mipela to provide a solution that would remove the subjectivity from cultural heritage management for their Native Title Claim area.

Mipela worked with Barada Barna to deliver a data management regime for cultural heritage that is technically sound and business based. X-Info Suite provides Barada Barna with risk reduction, improved coordination of field teams and cost savings not just in cultural heritage management but also in any other project component or process that might depend on cultural heritage clearance.

Field workers are able to capture information, photos, videos and audio recordings using our mobile data capture app, X-Info Aware. Any information captured in the field is immediately sent to a cloud hosted server and made available for consumption by all users of X-Info Suite. X-Info Aware also has an offline capability that captures the data point in time in remote areas with poor data connectivity, automatically caching the data back to the cloud hosted server as soon as the mobile device returns to mobile or wireless coverage. Using tools like X-Info Aware significantly expediates the notification and assessment of any cultural heritage finds.

Barada Barna Aboriginal Corporation’s Cultural Heritage body is Winnaa Pty Ltd. Winnaa currently does Cultural Heritage work for more than twenty mines, gas and exploration tenements over our country and employs approximately 15 traditional owners.

“With us moving to digital mapping and recording this will make the process of doing our Cultural Heritage surveys and Cultural Heritage clearance work more efficient and less time consuming as now we can have all our reports digital instead of paper copies. I believe this will make our Cultural Heritage process more streamlined and we can keep a closer eye on the mining and gas companies in our area,” said Graham Budby, Treasurer of Barada Barna Aboriginal Corporation.

As with its other cultural heritage clients, Mipela looks forward to an ongoing successful relationship where continuous improvements can be made to these processes into the future.

Introducing our new X-Info DBYD suite portal

Mipela are launching a new user interface for X-Info DBYD suite. The new portal provides a fresh, crisp user interface for DBYD administrators to generate detailed reporting, data exports, track communications, actions and optionally permit to work activities (Works Management module). The portal has a user friendly interface with powerful search capabilities and the opportunity to activate workflow process automation. The new portal offers an alternative way of interacting with DBYD data for those users who prefer an activity based user interface.

The X-Info DBYD suite portal allows you bring up detailed information on each DBYD enquiry received which includes downloadable response documents, spatial location information related to the request, and the enquirers contact information.

Users can also track communications directly within the portal and record details of phone conversations, emails and meetings. This provides an audit trail associated with the more challenging DBYD requests near to your assets as well as confirming permit to work activities have taken place and are properly documented. This can assist in areas where proper reinstatement needs to be monitored such as areas with heritage value, high traffic areas or high risk areas.

To monitor performance, the new portal also includes comprehensive reporting tools that allow users to generate configurable charts and graphs, download data and send regular reports.

If you think the new X-Info DBYD suite portal is the tool for you, contact our DBYD Specialist, Jaci Button on 1300 807 770.

Product update

X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect 6.0 includes the Map Activity component, which contains several significant features to enhance both configuration and User experience.

Some of these features include:

Map Activity

A Map Activity works the same as Search Activities, but data is displayed in a map.

The map provides a simplified approach to viewing and updating data, where users can visualise where the objects exist and use associated data to assist with daily activities.

External Datasources

Data from external sources can be used within the map. A range of connection types are available, such as ESRI Rest Services, Shape and TAB files, Post GIS, WMS, WFS, SQL Server, Spatialite and others.

This provides tools for Users to view and query information from a range of sources for improved decision making.

Validation of datasources can be monitored by scheduling an emailed report to ensure data connectivity is successful or any failures can be addressed.

X-Info Maps Import

Current X-Info Maps projects can be imported directly to X-Info Connect as a Map Activity. This will add the data as external datasources and the projects folder structure and spatial layers will be organised in the map.

This makes the process of migrating X-Info Maps configuration into X-Info Connect straightforward  and efficient.

Links

Links can now be configured in certain areas to provide quick and easy access to information from other sources. Reports, Map Activity and Layer search results can include links to internal and external objects or data, such as another land parcel, a user or contact, an external file or a website.

Tips and Tricks

X-Info Maps – common or new methods of importing layer data

Did you know that you can use automated services to keep your layer data up to date in X-Info Maps using Web Map Service (WMS) and Web Feature Service (WFS), or ESRI Mapping Services (available in X-Info Maps version 6.0)?

Benefits

  • Moving to WFS, WMS or the ESRI REST integration will keep your GIS data current
  • It removes the need to supply your data to Mipela Support and risk it being out of date until the next update
  • No more having to manually supply your data – eliminate emails with attachments, file shares and FTP!

Tell me more about WFS and WMS…

Layers added into X-Info Maps can be published as WMS and WFS so users can view and manipulate the layers in their selected spatial software, eg. ESRI ArcGIS or MapInfo.

WMS works a little differently than the other dataset types as it requires some advanced configuration of the import selection.

WFS versions supported:

  • 1.0
  • 1.1
  • 2.0

WMS version supported:

  • 1.0

Authentication Methods

  • Basic – uses reversible Base64 encoding instead of encryption
  • NTLM – NT Lan Manager security protocol used for authentication
  • Digest – an authentication where a web server uses the credentials with the web browser
  • Auto – automatically authenticates users

Tell me more about the new ESRI Mapping Services supported in X-Info Maps version 6.0

ArcGIS Server map services host map data in cached (tiled) or non cached (dynamic) format. For ESRI Mapping services, sets of raster (imagery) and vector (feature) data are consolidated into layers and made available as one web service. ESRI Mapping services for both features and images can now be imported into X-Info Maps and X-Info DBYD suite Projects using defined URLs to display these layers.

Authentication Methods

There are three authentication methods that can be used for ESRI Services:

  • None – requires no further authentication
  • Generate User Token – requires a Username, Password and Authentication Service URL
  • Generate App Token – requires Client ID, Client Secret and Authentication Service URL (a default is provided)

If you would like more information on the use of WMS and WFS or ESRI from X-Info Maps, and how we can set this up for you, please contact the Mipela Support Team on 1300 857 870 or at support@mipela.com.au.

Something GISsy

What is linear referencing?

Linear referencing is a term thrown around in GIS, especially when describing (you guessed it) linear features.

Why use linear referencing?

Imagine whilst driving from Brisbane to Sydney (887 km) you had to describe a location as 31°36’52.3″S 152°43’40.1″E. Where would you think this was? Not easy without a map or GPS. What if the location was presented as 539 km from Brisbane? Without even looking at a map you know that this location is closer to Sydney than Brisbane. That is one example of why linear referencing is used: simplification of location description.

In the field, marker posts are often placed during the construction of lineal assets such as pipelines to enable field crews to identify locations quickly without GPS equipment or map reading. Power lines, railways, roads and pipelines are good examples of where linear referencing is traditionally used.

Linear referencing is the method of storing geographic locations by using relative positions along a measured linear feature. Distance measures are used to locate events along the line.