Period 1999 – 2003
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Software: Microstation J v7 + Geographics + Access + Model Server Discovery
At the begining, the municipal GIS was used rather as simple manager of digital cartography. It was not well structured and its organization did not allow to add new information easily and efficiently. In 2000, the first GIS project was the digitalization of the Special Plan of Protection and Architectural Rehabilitation of the city, and it had special interest to Cáceres for being the special plan of its ancient city.
From the results of this first work the challenge of digitizing the Urban Planning (PGOU) appears. This project, launched in July 2001 and finished 1 year later, had two main objectives:
• The digitization of planning data contained in the PGOU, as well as alphanumeric data, and their integration into the GIS.
• Design and implementation of web pages to support queries about cartography and alphanumeric data on the Internet..
For the implementation of this ambitious project, a multidisciplinary workgroup is created, composed by both civil servants (GIS Technician) and contracted people (a Technical Architect, a Technical Engineer in Topography, a Computer Technician and a Draughtsman). The team is completed with the support of the architects and the quantity surveyors of the Urbanism Service, who solve the doubts and ambiguities, and supervise the entire project.
In parallel to the implementation of the system, GIS website offers some public information contents that the GIS was storing. Initially it provided information about the digital cartography and the polygonization network of the city, which facilitates accurate and precise location of the network of vertexes. The Special Plan of the city is available to consult since February 2001, with access to the inventoried cards and lots of plans found in the mentioned Plan. In the summer of 2002, the digitized PGOU of the city is added, including the entire regulation.
GIS website receives numerous consultations related mainly with the PGOU and the Special Plan, especially from outside Cáceres. For many people who need to solve simple queries about the urban situation of a plot or a building, or they require a simple location plan, moving to the Municipality is no longer necessary because they can obtain it from their own home, simply accessing to the web. This situation does not only benefits the citizen, also the civil servants have noticed a decrease in the number of queries they were attending personally.
In early 2003, the works to incorporate urban cadastral information began. Specifically, the information about blocks, plots and subplots of each one of the real estates and their respective cadastral references is added, and it is linked with the alphanumeric data gathered in the database of the IBI (Tax of Real estate), that the Municipality manages.
In the same year the gas network of the city is also added to the GIS. It is a relevant fact because the gas network is managed by a concessionary company not linked to the Municipality. It was the first relation between the GIS with an external company.