Linz second stage goes to tender

Invitations to tender are out for the second stage of Land Information NZ's Landonline project.

Invitations to tender are out for the second stage of Land Information NZ’s Landonline project.

Known as CRS2, this stage will allow clients, such as surveyors and solicitors, to enter data into the system online. The first stage – in the process of rollout – will allow clients to inspect the Landonline databases of title and survey information online, but they will have to submit updates and requests to the local Linz office on paper before CRS2 goes live.

Landonline, the total cost of which will be about $150 million, was under a cloud earlier this year following cost escalation of the first stage, and the question was raised whether development would continue. But there was never any serious doubt that CRS2 would go ahead, says Landonline project manager Terry Jackson.

The second stage is a minor expense, compared to the $144m cost of the first stage, but a lot of the payback for the project will come from CRS2 in its saving on paperwork and rekeying of data, he says.

Apart from efficiency gains, implementation of the second phase will allow Linz to dispense with the services of a large number of staff who currently process the paper documents submitted by clients. A firm figure for staff loss has yet to be established.

The deadline for submission of tenders is December 20, and Linz expects to submit the name of the selected provider for government approval in March next year. Jackson declines to reveal an expected cost for the new stage while requests to tender are out.

The first stage of Landonline has brought a number of innovations, such as the design of “datablades” – special-purpose Informix database routines – to process spatial data and relate it to image data, and to adjust the data from separate surveys on to a common geographical grid. These routines could be saleable to overseas land information agencies, Jackson says.

Landonline has aroused considerable interest overseas, particularly among Australian government representatives, he says. PricewaterhouseCoopers, Linz’s partner in the development, has created a video describing and promoting Landonline and its innovations to prospects overseas.

“That can show them how to do [the job],” says Jackson. “But if they want to use bits of the actual software we’ve developed, that’s our [Linz’s] property, and they’ll have to buy it from us.”

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