Kendra Dean, Manager Forestry Standards and Compliance, Dept of Sustainability & Environment
The Department of Sustainability and Environment, Forest Regulation Unit, engaged Spatial Vision to develop a new system that could record forest produce sold from Victoria’s public forests.
DSE’s existing system called “Logsales/Prism” was developed in the 1980s and no longer met the needs of the organisation. The development of a new system was proposed to replace the existing system, extend the functionality, and replace all the other systems used across the state to sell forest produce.
The scope of the new system required it to be able to process both commercial and non-commercial forest produce, including domestic firewood; provide a comprehensive set of reports on product type, amount harvested, sales and licensees by area and across the state; provide a single uniform method for sales administration regardless of the type of product sold; manage various sales methods for forest produce including over the counter cash sales and invoices; and manage 120 Domestic Firewood Retail Agents.
The system will improve information flow by enabling new data to be accessed at the same time across the state. For example, an increase in royalty rates or any other change can be uploaded into the system, giving the whole of state up to date information for their area.
The system provided by Spatial Vision is web based and provides a single point of access to all the required capabilities and most importantly a single State wide database for the information. Once fully implemented it will significantly increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations, especially through the provision of new features that help us to more accurately manage and report on resource use on a State wide basis.