MMA Applications & Dispositions - Systems & Tools


MMA Applications & Dispositions - Systems & Tools

Application Disposition Process and Tracking

The AER is responsible for the management of energy-related public land dispositions in accordance with the Public Lands Act, Mines and Minerals Act, and other related legislation, regulations, and policies. To ensure that geophysical clients are provided with efficient and consistent service, the application disposition process and tracking (ADEPT) tool was created.

The objective of ADEPT is to automate the application, referral, approval, and mapping processes for geophysical clients. Using ADEPT, users can submit geophysical plans and have them validated in real time. Clients with successful submissions will receive a geophysical number, while unsuccessful submissions will showcase errors that require attention before being resubmitted.

The ADEPT system gives clients the ability to do the following:
  • Submit preliminary and final geophysical plans and amendments
  • Upload encrypted compressed files containing geophysical plans and metadata
  • Perform real time validation. (Business rule violations will be displayed back to the industry client at the time of data entry into the database.)
  • Be notified in the event of an unsuccessful submission or error
  • Automatically receive a geophysical number upon successful submission
For additional information on the ADEPT tool, your can reference;

Landscape Analysis Tool

The Landscape Analysis Tool (LAT) is a web-enabled spatial tool that allows users to plan activities on Crown land. It provides a consistent platform for spatial information required for disposition planning and applications. Through the use of LAT, clients can virtually “site” their proposed project activities and identify areas with any operational constraints or higher levels of risk that would require mitigation planning. Users can then institute changes to that proposed activity to help mitigate concerns prior to application.
The Landscape Analysis Tool does the following:
  • Provides a consistent platform for spatial information for industry and the regulators for disposition planning and application
  • Identifies areas requiring higher levels of risk mitigation planning
  • Links to approval standards and operating conditions directly related to a planned activity and location
  • Attaches the appropriate approval standards and operating conditions from the integrated standards and guidelines documents to a LAT report based on the proposed activity and location sensitivity
  • Assists in the issuance of temporary field authorizations, as required
  • Uses about 80 data layers, divided into two categories:
    • Base features: Data layers that provide the user with information and guidance in the placement of their activity (e.g., municipal boundaries, topography, soils information)
    • Sensitive features: Data that, when intersected by the specified activity, have specific and direct standards or conditions that may affect or guide the presence, construction, or management of an activity

Important note: To access the LAT, a user must have a Government of Alberta account and ID.

LAT Report

Once a client correctly inputs their planned activities, the system generates a LAT report, which provides provincial and sensitivity section approval standards and operating conditions that are specific to the proposed activity. The approval standards and operating conditions identified in the LAT report form a part of the disposition document required as part of a surface land application.

The LAT report allows users to:

  • make informed decisions about their planned course of action,
  • make adjustments to the project if desired, and
  • apply appropriate standards, conditions, or risk mitigation tactics.

Additional references:

Information Requirements for Geophysical Applications in Zone 1