Minedex and EARS goes live in WA

The Environment Division of the WA Department of Industry and Resources (DoIR) undertakes a wide range of activities concerned with managing exploration, development and closure of mining activities in WA.

The Branch oversees the assessment applications, the audit of proponent activities to ensure compliance with environmental and enforcement of other regulations applicable. DoIR sought to implement a customised system that would cover all aspects of the processing, assessment and management of applications for exploration, development and closure of mining activities in WA.

SRA provided a web-based application which incorporated a single generic system for processing and reporting on all environment approvals, permits and regulatory activities undertaken by DoIR.The system features workflow processes for recording of all assessment related information within the system, including all material provided with the application, scanned images, photographs, the assessment report and associated assessment decisions to provide an auditable and transferable (between staff) process.

The development of EARS resulted in a more functionally rich user interface. In addition the system improved enquiry facilities to allow the searching of specific information across both textual and other information sources. Multiple output formats were also available and included CSV, word and PDF formats for both internal and external users.

The Department of Industry and Resources also sought to update its minerals information system (MINEDEX) - a comprehensive minerals information system containing data about Western Australia's mining operations.

SRA redeveloped their existing system to overcome technology obsolescence issues, data storage limitations and other functional restrictions. SRA developed a web based appliction for processing, accessing and reporting on all minerals information held by MINEDEX, interfacing other information as needed and providing an external user interface for the industry to access MINEDEX data.

The redevelopment also introduced additional functionality to store more complex data (spatial, photos, documents), and to provide interfaces to a planned new spatial system development and a new corporate web based client front end.

The system improved enquiry facilities to allow the searching of specific information across both textual and spatial information sources. Multiple output formats were also available and included CSV, word and PDF formats for both internal and external users.

 

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01/06/2008