EDS still working for Landonline despite cancelled contract

Confusion surrounds the status of the contracts between Land Information New Zealand (Linz), EDS and government map-making body Terralink over data conversion for the Landonline service.

Confusion surrounds the status of the contracts between Land Information New Zealand (Linz), EDS and government map-making body Terralink over data conversion for the Landonline service.

Terralink receiver Gary Traveller says the contract was terminated on the first day of receivership, and the work “is not proceeding”.

Linz, however, says it is still working with EDS is still working on the project. “LINZ does not know what the status of the contract between EDS and Terralink is,” says Landonline programme manager Terry Jackson, referring Computerworld to EDS and Traveller for comment. Traveller was unavailable to answer a return call.

“Linz's situation is that it has an existing contract with EDS to undertake survey conversion. LINZ expects EDS to meet its obligations under this contract. EDS have restarted work on survey conversion,” Jackson says.

Asked about the time-scale of the restarted project, he says EDS is contractually bound to meet the timelines set out in the contract between Linz and EDS.

"It is EDS's responsibility to advise LINZ if it cannot meet these timelines. LINZ has not received any official advice from EDS on any delays from the Terralink situation.”

EDS New Zealand managing director Robert Gray said yesterday he had no comment to make on the Landonline project.

The receivership has essentially made no significant moves for the past two weeks, says Traveller. “The business will be advertised for sale shortly,” he said yesterday.

Sale could be as a complete operation or in separate parcels to different buyers. Landonline work will not figure in the sale, which will involve the remaining parts of Terralink’s operations.

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