- Client Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC)
- Project Supply of a mine register management system for medium-large mines
- Key Solution no
- Category PA, Environment and Territory
The objective of the project is the management of the Guyana mine register, through implementation of a system that displays the status of and manages new licence application, assessment and concession procedures.
The project’s intermediate objectives are as follows:
- collection of available data from the various bodies;
- creation of a database containing significant information;
- development of a web platform to manage workflows for mining licences, with geospatial data display in the form of thematic maps;
- training for local users on identified problems and technologies used.
The project adopted a cascade methodology, with sequential macro-phases in which specific micro-phases were identified to achieve the planned objectives.
The macro-phases of fundamental importance for the development of the project were:
- analysis of the current status, with a study at the start of the project of the available data, software applications, hardware infrastructure and domain knowledge of users and the organisation’s operating structure;
- design of the various project components, including the data model to structure the central database, analysis of the platform and application functional requirements, selection of software and the hardware infrastructure, plus development of a user training program;
- implementation of the activities covered by the design project, including physical modelling of the database, input of data into the database, development, personalisation and installation of the web platform. The final stage was roll-out of the planned training activities.
In addition to these main phases, a series of pre- and post-project operations were planned, such as a meeting to brief operators involved in the process and plan milestones and conclusive on site and remote consultancy.
The main platform characteristics are:
- Client/web server model, a system that allows authorised users to manage each step in the workflow to request, validate and obtain a new licence, with the support of current status display on a map and management of documents (Doc, Pdf, etc.), spreadsheets (Excel), images, video, etc.
- Access with individual credentials, profiled by role to provide access to specific functions, public data and confidential data of the institutions involved. Users interact with the system using common Internet browsers (Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Mac Safari) without requiring local installations or additional plug-ins.
- Archiving of the information published in the database.
- The platform functions enable users to track the progress of mining licences: application, validation, approval or rejection, management of any appeals.
- Geographical support for the application process: the GIS supports insertion and display of maps of the areas involved in the application. The system provides standard GIS navigation functions, such as consultation of thematic maps with appropriate symbols, alphanumeric attribute queries, searches, printing, etc.
- User of open source technology.
- Training with classroom theory lessons and practical exercises using real cases. The sessions were organised for specific roles: user, data administrator, system administrator.
The Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) had the support of GeneGIS GI, whose years of experience enabled it to offer:
- international expertise in system analysis and implementation for procedure flow management;
- international expertise in implementing open source geoportals for government agencies.