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integrated Mining and Quarrying System (iMaQs) leads the way in Manitoba business transformation! The transition to an online map staking system has enables us to better support a vibrant mining community. By leveraging the latest technology, we are able to provide faster, more efficient services to encourage economic growth and expand opportunities across the province while protecting social issues of community and environment.

 

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Mr. Jim Turner ,
Project Manager

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Thanks to NovaROC, one can stake a claim from anywhere in the province, from anywhere in the world, that has Internet access. NovaROC is, without a doubt, Canada’s best online registry for staking claims. I think it is safe to say that NovaROC has benefitted greatly from the experience and expertise that Pacific Geo Tech Systems’ developed.

 

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The Honorable Charlie Parker ,
Minister of Natural Resources Nova Scotia

 

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Thanks to NovaROC, one can stake a claim from anywhere in the province, from anywhere in the world, that has Internet access. NovaROC is, without a doubt, Canada’s best online registry for staking claims. I think it is safe to say that NovaROC has benefitted greatly from the experience and expertise that Pacific Geo Tech Systems’ developed.

 

For more information click NovaROC

 

Entire press release and remarks below for The Hon. Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources, NovaROC Launch at Museum of Industry Boardroom held Friday, August 30, 2013
 

Good morning, everyone. I’m Charlie Parker, the Minister of Natural Resources. I want to thank all of you who have joined us for today’s announcement and demonstration.
Announcing steps this government is taking to make life better for all Nova Scotians is one of the better parts of my job and I’m especially pleased to be making today’s announcement here in Pictou County.

 

Today, we are here to officially launch our new online mineral and petroleum registry system, which we call NovaROC

This is a significant step forward for the province, for the prospecting and mining communities, and for any Nova Scotian who wants to know about exploration activity in Nova Scotia.

Until now, to register a claim in Nova Scotia, one had to jump in their car, drive across the province to Halifax, and come in to our office on Hollis Street. It was a time-consuming and bureaucratic chore that took prospectors away from their business of exploration for a day or more. In addition to the inconvenience, it could cost hundreds of dollars to get copies of maps that had to accompany each claim.

 

Starting today, we are making it easier and much less costly to stake and renew claims in this province. Thanks to NovaROC, one can stake a claim from anywhere in the province, from anywhere in the world, that has Internet access. Map copies are a thing of the past; electronic maps are now accepted in support of claims. NovaROC is, without a doubt, Canada’s best online registry for staking claims.

 

It was developed by Pacific Geo Tech Systems for the Province of British Columbia. Pacific Geo Tech Systems went on to produce similar systems for New Brunswick and Manitoba, and is now working on a solution for Ontario. I think it is safe to say that NovaROC has benefitted greatly from the experience and expertise that Pacific Geo Tech Systems’ developed in these other jurisdictions. Another big benefit of NovaROC is that it is “real time”. Information is updated almost immediately; gone are the days of paper maps that were out of date by the time they were printed. As a mapping solution and database, it is very easy for prospectors to see what activity is taking place and to be aware of the many opportunities that exist across our province.

 

I mentioned earlier that this is the official launch because we did a soft launch a few weeks ago, allowing some prospectors to try it out, to kick the tires, if you will. The feedback has been positive. Prospectors are pleased about getting high quality, up-to-date information about mineral tenure; who has staked what and the current status of the claim.

 

They appreciate the time- and money-saving aspects of staking and renewing claims, and submitting annual reports required by legislation, all online. I believe this is a big step forward to Nova Scotia, one that will make us more visible and more attractive to prospectors and mining firms. Prospecting and exploration helps us better understand Nova Scotia’s mineral resources. And, mining creates well-paying jobs that helps to build families and communities. Those challenging careers go well beyond the hard rock miner. I’m also talking about the support services – geologists, engineers, clerical and administrative staff.

 

In addition, there are the supply side jobs that support the industry. Before we move to a demonstration of the technology, I want to thank some of the staff with me today, who were instrumental in making NovaROC the fantastic solution that it is. Perhaps you could raise your hand as I recognize you?
  - John MacNeil, our Registrar of Mineral and Petroleum Titles.
  - Eli Elias, our Director of Provincial Land and Resource Management Initiative.
  - Alan Davidson, our Director of Mineral Management.
  - Don James, the Executive Director of the Mineral Resources Branch is not with us today; he is just getting back from a meeting of government mining officials in Yellowknife.
 
Thanks, guys, for all the hard work you have put in over the past couple of years, from developing the Request for Proposals in late 2011 through to the selection of Pacific Geo Tech Services, and on through the development and testing process.

Again, thank you all for joining us today for the official launch of NovaROC.

The Honorable Charlie Parker , Minister of Natural Resources Nova Scotia

integrated Mining and Quarrying System (iMaQs) leads the way in Manitoba business transformation!  The transition to an online map staking system has enables us to better support a vibrant mining community. By leveraging the latest technology, we are able to provide faster, more efficient services to encourage economic growth and expand opportunities across the province while protecting social issues of community and environment.
 

For more information on the system click iMaQs
 
Additional information about of the project.
 
Manitoba is blessed with a variety of rich mineral deposits and mining exploration and quarrying development plays a significant role in the provincial economy. Like many other jurisdictions in Canada, the province is taking a 21st century approach to mining by transitioning from traditional ground staking and paper-based administration to an internet-based online map staking system. This approach creats a lighter environmental footprint, levels the playing field for prospectors and promots a positive administrative environment for increased mining exploration and development activity across the province.
 

The Challenge
Since 2005 Manitoba has been working toward a more efficient method of providing the mining industry with information and an effective system of administering mining and quarrying business. System integration was at the forefront of Manitoba's needs. In 2005, the business need was there, but not all of the pieces where in place to support the vision.
Today, Innovation, Energy and Mines is doing just what the name says; Innovating. The business transformation arm of IEM, Business Technology and Transformation (BTT) has been working toward an electronic service delivery platform which - when complete - will support the Mines Branch vision of an 'integrated mining and quarrying system' (iMaQs), information sharing, secure end to end business functionality, including payment and confirmation.
 

The Solution
Manitoba Innovation, Energy and Mines, Mines Branch, selected Pacific Geotech Systems Ltd. (PGTS) platform to customize and configure an online map staking and management system. Using the Government's Centralized user authentication process - Single Sign On (SSO) and Central CRM SAP Service for managing Clients (MBESO) a mining and quarrying system was deployed using PGTS' proven platform solution.
 

The Results
The switch to an online map staking system will modernize Manitoba's process for mining claim staking, creating greater administrative efficiencies for both the government and industry. Using an Integrated Spatial Repository (ISR) digital base maps are managed with attribute information and meet emerging standards for warehousing data. These data sets are integrated with other online resources to secure claims. This efficiently completes the streamlining of the entire claim acquisition process, enabling faster resolution of disposition conflicts, faster referrals and faster issuance. Payments will also be made securely online which further reduces processing time. This means that companies can spend less time on acquisition and maintenance and focus more of their resources and energies on the exploration stages.
 
iMaQs supports the development of better, more productive relations with private landholders and Aboriginal communities by removing a major source of friction, as prospectors do not have to disturb the land to stake their claims. It improves communication by providing public access to information about land staking activities across the province and also encourages business development by allowing anyone with a license, from anywhere in the world, to stake a claim. This means that independent prospectors and junior exploration companies have access to land that may otherwise be too difficult or costly to stake.

Mr. Jim Turner, Project Manager

I have to admit that although I have always been opposed to paper staking in the past, the Mineral Titles Online (MTO) claim acquisition process as developed by your office has changed my mind. I have found your system fair, informative, efficient, reliable, fast and also very exciting to use - a real life video game, Congratulations!
 

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Mr. Bob Komarechka, P. Geol. FCGmA, FGAC