A Geographic Information System for the Management of Land and Bauxite Reserves, Study Area Kirkvine Manchester, Jamaica

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Kelly Chan, Ph.D.

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Karen K. Kemp, Ph.D.
Mike Price, BSc


The management of land and bauxite reserves at West Indies Alumina Company (Windalco) has used manual methods over the past five decades to generate reports to support management decisions for land and bauxite management functions. The tradition has been to treat land and bauxite functions as separate management activities. The management functions of bauxite are quality assessment, quantity assessment, mine planning, and reclamation monitoring. The management functions of land are acquisition needs for bauxite ore consolidation and infrastructure development to support mining operations. Land is the basic raw material for bauxite mining and infrastructure development (e.g. conveyor belts and haul roads). However, within recent times there has been a greater need to coordinate these activities when making strategic business plans.

Within the past four years at West Indies Alumina Company, there has been increased usage of digital topographic maps in the form of CAD files, incorporating bauxite and land data, by the various user groups. The challenges of using this data type are that it is very static and not easily updated. Literature within the mining industry has documented the use of the GIS technology. The ability of a GIS system to store, update, query, analyze, and manipulate spatial attribute data has proven to be useful and necessary in the management of natural resources.

The goal and objective of this paper, then, was to develop a prototype of a GIS solution that will incorporate these management functions, generate reports instantaneously, and assist managers in decision-making. The strength of this solution is the ability to instantaneously add and edit data and to perform iteration of reports. The audiences for this report are land and bauxite administrators, managers, and company directors.

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