FIG Peer Review Journal


Cadastral Futures: Building a New Vision for the Nature and Role of Cadastres (4096)

Rohan Bennett, Abbas Rajabifard, Mohsen Kalantari, Jude Wallace and Ian Williamson (Australia)
Dr. Rohan Bennett
Research Fellow
Centre for SDI and Land Administration
Department of Geomatics
The University of Melbourne
Department of Geomatics,
The University of Melbourne
Corresponding author Dr. Rohan Bennett (email: rohanb[at], tel.: + 61 3 8344 9692)

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Published on the web 2010-01-14
Received 2009-11-19 / Accepted 2010-01-14
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Congress 2010 in Sydney, Australia and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Congress 2010
ISBN 978-87-90907-87-7 ISSN 2308-3441


Over the last thirty years spatial information technologies and sustainability theory drove the creation of new visions, models and roles for the cadastre. Concepts including multipurpose cadastres, Cadastre 2014, and sustainable development radically altered understandings of the cadastre and its potential. Many of these concepts continue to be relevant in the contemporary context; however, cadastral science must continue to look to the future. This paper begins this process and provides preliminary insights into the characteristics and potential role of future cadastres. Factors including globalisation, population urbanization, good governance, climate-change response, environmental management, 3D visualization/analysis technologies, WSNs, standardization, and interoperability are found to be driving developments in the cadastral domain. Consequently, six design elements of future cadastre emerge: Survey-Accurate Cadastres, Object-Oriented Cadastres, 3D/4D Cadastres, Real-Time Cadastres, Global Cadastres, and Organic Cadastres. Together, these elements provide a potential vision for the role and nature of future cadastres. Collaborative research, potentially through the FIG framework, would enable further development of these design concepts and assist in defining the nature and role of future cadastral systems.
Keywords: GSDI; Digital cadastre; Cadastre; Land management; Spatial planning; Survey Accurate Cadastre; Object-Oriented Cadastre; 3D Cadastre; Real-Time Cadastre; Global Cadastre; Organic Cadastre