Trimble's landfolio team in collaboration with the Organization of American States (OAS), developed and implemented e-Government technology systems to support the development of real estate markets and provide a standardized land registry and cadastre system for the Government of Antigua and Barbuda. The Island Nation of Antigua and Barbuda was selected by the OAS to be the pilot project for the region.
The landfolio/OAS e-Government technology model integrated modules for land registry and land cadastre (including GIS, surveying and mapping) and incorporated the government's existing real property tax system. The landfolio teamdesigned, constructed and implemented land records and land records maintenance as a primary strategic objective to expand private trade, investment and finance in real estate throughout Antigua and Barbuda. The landfolio team integrated land privatization, parcel mapping, titling and registration, property taxation, property transaction and title guarantee systems, in step-by-step programs focused on affordable and measurable results.
The underlying geographic information system (GIS) infrastructure of the landfoliocadastre project consisted of large scale and highly accurate digital orthophotos, planimetric maps and parcel maps. All of these layers were created in a topologically structured environment that enables the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to perform sophisticated database analyses in support of land registry, land development and planning activities. Trimble's landfolio team used new aerial photography and the constellation of geographic positioning system (GPS) satellites to produce all mapping products in conformance with the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) and British Ordnance Survey map accuracy standards.
Using landfolio, the team improved municipal management in the areas of land registry, land cadastre and real property tax management; established legal, accurate, and transparent land and property records to provide a foundation for foreign investment; provided a web portal for access to real estate information within each Eastern Caribbean nation and throughout the region. The Antigua and Barbuda project encompassed an estimated 57,000 land parcels in Antigua and a small number of land parcels in Barbuda. The results of this pilot effort were phased in over a one-year period and included (1) an integrated property information management system that improved accuracy of property ownership and GIS data layers; (2) reduced time to register a land transaction to two days or less; (3) improved customer service and; (4) increased revenue from fee collections while decreasing the cost to the citizens of Antigua and Barbuda.
Trimble's landfolio team was selected by the United States Agency for International Development (U.S. AID) for land registration and titling project in the Eastern Caribbean nation of St. Lucia. The landfolio team reviewed local land records, surveyed 40,000 privately held properties within the country, established clear title to the properties, issued certificates of title (deed), prepared cadastral maps and designed and implemented a land registry. They created a team of twenty (20) land surveying and title adjudication experts and employed two hundred (200) local residents as field crews and clerical support to complete the project within its four year schedule and under the $8 million budget. The landfolio team was also responsible for training St. Lucians to maintain and exploit the system upon its completion. The team was also selected by the government of St. Lucia to provide digital planimetric and topographic mapping of this Caribbean island nation.