Tasmanian Irrigation - Farm Water Access Planning (FWAP)

Esk Mapping & GIS Tasmanian Irrigation - Farm Water Access Planning (FWAP)
Esk Mapping & GIS Tasmanian Irrigation - Farm Water Access Planning (FWAP)
Esk Mapping & GIS Tasmanian Irrigation - Farm Water Access Planning (FWAP)

Esk Mapping & GIS provide Farm Water Access Planning services to Tasmanian Irrigation, the state-owned company established to progressTasmania's 14 new irrigation schemes.

  • Farm field visits by Esk Mapping & GIS’ Soil Scientist and Environmental and Biodiversity Officer to assess and record all soil, water and threatened biodiversity using customised field GIS software (ArcPad) with sub-metre GPS;
  • Production of detailed spatial data and reports of soil type, land capability, and threatened biodiversity locations and extents, using the information recorded in the field; and
  • Provision of spatial data for seamless upload into Tasmanian Irrigation's central office database.

Throughout this ongoing project Esk Mapping & GIS have taken the opportunity to combine our expertise in spatial data management with other staff qualifications and experience to develop an efficient work process with a focus on planning, capture, processing and delivery of spatial information as a core element of the service we provide.

ArcGIS database feature export tool

A prime example of major efficiency gains is the developement of an ArcGIS Feature Export Tool by our programmers for internal use within our ArcGIS Desktop software. This tool is simple, user-focused, and allows multiple feature classes to be exported to a stand-alone geodatabase by a common attribute (or filter). Use of this tool has resulted in an efficiency gain of approximately 15%.

Tasmanian Irrigation are jointly funded by the Tasmanian and Federal governments and are responsible for the planning, construction and assessment of the scheme infrastructure corridors and irrigable areas (farms). Linked to funding, Tasmanian Irrigation are also required to demonstrate due diligence and compliance of sustainability of each irrigation scheme under the federal Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999), this is achieved under the Farm Water Access Planning (FWAP) framework for irrigable land (farms), and Construction and Environmental Management Planning (CEMP) for the supply and distribution pipelines of the major schemes.

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