COOPERATION between the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) and South African software development company Spatial Dimension has reached another level of success.

About 20 MRA officers have been trained by Spatial Dimension to operate the newly established tenements management system that was recently launched by the MRA.

The new system was set up by Spatial Dimension which was engaged by the MRA with sponsorship from the Second World Bank Technical Assistance Project.

The company’s flagship product, FlexiCadastre, is used globally by both government agencies and mining companies wanting to implement integrated, digitised mineral regulatory management.

The FlexiCadastre system allows the online management of all mining tenure in PNG. It allows all the processes of tenure management to be delivered over the internet, from application for grant, to final surrender of tenements, including statutory reporting, provision of exploration and production data and compliance support.

The three-day introduction to FlexiCadastre training provided a comprehensive overview of the system, covering everything from maps and report generation to reviewing its concepts and searching for data.

Spatial Dimension’s senior consultant Charles Young said training was an essential and integral part of any successful FlexiCadastre implementation.

MRA acting managing director Philip Samar said the current system was based on hard copy tenement applications and reporting based on forms developed as part of the Mining Act 1992. The manual system was slow and out-dated with respect to current work practices in the global mining industry.

Mr Samar said industries and regulators now expect real time access to mining tenure processes including digital reporting of exploration and mining activities for compliance and enforcement purposes.

“FlexiCadastre will bring significant improvements to most of the administrative processes required under the Mining Act,” he said.

“It will enable better and timely presentation of mining related data. This functionality should ensure a more rapid process for the granting and renewal of tenure in PNG and elevate MRA into the top tier of destinations for mineral explorers.”