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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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