Prepared by Bill Feast, Trimble, South Africa

Whitepaper – Considerations when implementing Cadastral Grids (Cell Blocks) in the Mining Sector

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Executive Summary

Many countries are currently updating their Mining Laws and Regulations and a common theme in some of the new laws is the implementation on a cadastral grid to regularize the shape of mineral rights.

It is our experience that migrating licenses to a cadastral grid can actually create a negative return on investment in terms of time, money and goodwill.

While our mining cadastre solution, Trimble Landfolio for Natural Resources (previously known as FlexiCadastre), fully supports a cadastral grid system and has sophisticated tools available to create cadastral grids and migrate existing data, converting a free-form mining cadastre to a cadastral grid can present a number of challenges, and sometimes, a cadastral grid can cause more problems than it would solve.

This document outlines some of the practical challenges experienced when implementing a cadastral grid and proposes various mitigations.

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