As a subcontractor to ARD Inc. Trimble’s Landfolio team participated in a feasibility study for the automation and integration of a forestry cadastre system for the Ministry of Rural Development of Romania.The Landfolio team helped to provide a comprehensive strategy for the many phases of the system development including forestry property boundary surveys; tree inventories; ownership data collection; hardware and software acquisition; data storage requirements and pest management techniques.

The team’s cadastre expertise was especially valuable on this project as it provided a rapid understanding of the impact the various cadastre datasets had on the implementation effort. A very small percentage (~20%) of the cadastre information for the country is available digitally. The preponderance of information is available only as existing paper maps, plans and aerial photographs.

A comparative study was conducted of both public and private sector entities to determine what level of GIS activity and cadastre integration were occurring in the country. The resultant study provided the Ministry budgetary, personnel and strategic milestones that will assure the success of the actual implementation.