Projects To Date

Incorporated in 2002, Information Brokerage Ltd. personnel have gained a wide variety of experience in the information management and municipal consulting profession. Much of the experience has evolved as a result of various projects undertaken by sister company Edwards and Associates Ltd. Personnel with the Company have been involved in all aspects of municipal engineering consulting and information processing, which include, data collection, conversion and presentation, application development, web site development, user needs assessment, business process review, etc. Engineering personnel have had experience in dealing with many of the forms and business processes that are an integral part of the Engineering Division of the Department of Municipal and Provincial Affairs. A selected sampling of recent projects that relate to the focus of this project would include the following:

  • Landgazette
  • E-infoTOWN
  • Pesticide Information Management System
  • Water Resource Management System
  • infoTOWN™ (desktop development and implementation)
  • infoTOWN™ / MIMS Exchange

Landgazette

Start Date: January 2005
Completion Date: January 2006
Development Effort: Five persons with total budget of $800,000
Client: Private initiative by the Company in collaboration with the Association of Newfoundland Land Surveyors
URL: http://www.landgazette.com
Description: LandGazette, a web enabled provincial repository of real property information for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. IBL, through consultation with the Association of Newfoundland Land Surveyors, has designed and built the application. Land surveyors will have secure Internet access to input their various surveys to the provincial repository. End users will be able to search and download various pieces of real property information, on a fee per transaction basis, through the use of any standard Internet browser. The IBL team has successfully integrated various distributive Internet mapping services that are being served by both the Federal and Provincial Governments.
Tools: Landgazette is being developed using ArcGIS Server technology offered by ESRI. Oracle 10g is being used as the database. VB.net, Java and ASP are being employed as development languages.
Team Involvement: IBL personnel are fully responsible for all aspects of the project. IBL has subcontracted various specific development tasks to ESRI Canada.



infoTOWN ™ Enterprise Edition

Start Date: June 2005
Completion Date:(Est.) June 2006
Development Effort: Two persons with budget of $100,000
Client: Private initiative by the Company
URL: http://www.ibltd.net/einfodev
Description: infoTOWN™ Enterprise Edition will mirror much of the functionality of the desktop infoTOWN™, a municipal information management system. Internet will be used as the delivery mechanism and municipal clients are able to use specially design tools to maintain their respective datasets through custom browser interfaces. Functionality such as water / sewer system analysis, development application tracking, preventative maintenance scheduling, custom query builder, council meeting summaries, planning analysis, etc. will be available to municipalities that would not ordinarily have the skills or financial resources to avail of web based GIS. Wizards are being developed to permit client to easily generate customized forms that are being used in their respective municipalities. The IBL team has successfully integrated various distributive Internet mapping services, which are being served by both the Federal and Provincial Governments.
Tools: infoTOWN™ enterprise edition is being developed using ArcGIS Server technology offered by ESRI. Oracle 10g is being used as the database. VB.net, Java and ASP are being employed as development languages.
Team Involvement: IBL personnel are fully responsible for all aspects of the project.




Pesticide Information Management System

Start Date: July 2004
Completion Date: Ongoing
Development Effort: Two persons with budget of approximately $100,000
Client: Department of Environment and Conservation Pesticide Management Division
Description: The pesticide information management system is designed with a user-friendly interface that the client can use to monitor the use of Pesticides in the Province. The system also tracks and maintains various information on the pesticide applicators, operators, such as qualifications, professional development, licensing, fees paid, etc. The application also offers a mapping interface where users can perform various mapping functions, including insert points via Internet tools. PIMS also uses various other web map services that are being offered over an internal WAN operated by the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Tools: PIMS is being developed using ArcIMS technology offered by ESRI. Oracle 9 is being used as the database. Java and ASP are being employed as development languages. Project team is currently looking at the implementation of Crystal Reports as the default reporting tool as opposed to the HTML report tools that were originally intended to be used.
Team Involvement: IBL personnel and ESRI Canada are working on the project together.



Water Resource Management System

Start Date: April 2003
Completion Date: May 2004
Development Effort: Four persons with budget of approximately $150,000
Client: Department of Environment and Conservation Water Resource Division
Description: The Water Resource Management System was developed to bring increase efficiencies to the management of the provincial water resources by streamlining legacy software applications and introducing mapping functionality. Water Resources personnel are able to track various water sampling procedures, graphically locate any water supplies, etc. and over lay the same on other environmental sensitive datasets. Water Resource employees are able to add multi-media reports and other like files to map symbology such as points, lines or areas. The application makes use of various provincial government web map services and offers standard interactive mapping tools.
Tools: The Water Resource Management System was developed using ArcIMS technology offered by ESRI. Oracle 9 is being used as the database. Java, ASP, HTML were employed as development languages.
Team Involvement: IBL personnel and ESRI Canada worked on the project together.



infoTOWN™ (desktop development and implementation)

Start Date: May 1997
Completion Date: September 1998
Development Effort: Four persons with budget of approximately $400,000
Client: Private Initiative
Description: InfoTOWN™ is a desktop municipal information management system designed to bring affordable GIS solutions to municipal clients that do not have the internal skills or resources to avail of the same. The system is fully modular and implementation is phased to suit client resources. Standard mapping functionality is available along with a customized visual query builder, vertical databases, notification systems, georeferenced preventative maintenance systems, etc. The software is currently in use by several municipalities in Newfoundland and New Brunswick. Implementation of each site license usually involved various planning meetings with the client to fine tune their respective business practices and identify priority functionality.
Tools: Tools used to complete the projects would include CAD packages, Coordinate Geometry Routines, GIS software such as CARIS, ArcView, etc. Systems to date have been installed on Windows 95, 98 and NT. Development tools used to see this project to successful completion are as follows:
  • Inprise Borland Delphi 4 Client/Server
  • CARIS GIS Macro Language
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 5.0
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0
Team Involvement: IBL personnel were responsible for the development of this project.



infoTOWN™ / MIMS Exchange

Start Date: May 2003
Completion Date: September 2003
Development Effort: One persons with budget of approximately $30,000
Client: Private Initiative
Description: InfoTOWN™ was developed using CARIS technology, which has a specific data format. The exchange program was developed to provide a spatial data conversion tool to easily transfer data between infoTOWN™ and MIMS.
Tools: Various macros developed by Caris and AutoDesk LISP programs to read or generate various DXF formats utilized by MIMS and infoTOWN™.
Team Involvement: IBL personnel were responsible for the overall development strategy for this project.