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The MLRS investment is designed to provide the data and functionality needed to give BLM land managers state-of-the-art tools needed to make informed land use decisions that will withstand public and legal scrutiny. The objective of the Minerals and Lands Reporting System (MLRS) project is the development of a modern system employing automated business flows, that will enable the storage and retrieval of public land and mineral records which document the rights and interest of the U.S. in the form of electronic documents and metadata to include geospatial references.

Problem and Solution

Prior to this Xentity task order, this effort had undergone multiple studies to explore the feasibility of a comprehensive redesign and implementation of its existing mineral, land, and related record systems that would result in a single Bureau-wide system incorporating the latest advancements in data systems and computer technology including national and state system re-use (Alaska and Oregon).

Xentity architected mission critical systems with heavy data workflow and GIS applications, services, and modules. The team created RFP Requirements for major implementation. This included analyzing entire program GIS needs, work products raster, vector, and cartographic product needs. Also, analyzing enterprise architecture and infrastructure to support plan. Furthermore, designing specification, requirements, schedule, scope, architecture, and implementation plan. Finally, enumerating workflows, process, data and screens.

Xentity provided support for the prime BLM SETA MLRS Planning Phase Support PWS Description of Services, in accordance with Vistronix Project Manager direction and Consultant’s proposal.

  • Deliverables include Minerals Land Record System Requirements Definition, Requirements Traceability Matrix, Process Flow Charts, Evaluation Reports, Data Architecture Models, Data Inventory, Mapping, and Registry.
  • Comprehensive Data Coverage – Solution accounted for all US rights, title, interests, uses, and restrictions – Accurately provided data that allows users to query and derive tabular and spatial land status information (both current and historical). All federal lands and minerals, including public domain, were represented.
  • Data Quality and Integrity Improvement – Designed system for portfolio integration, case auditing, and land status tracking.
  • Improved Publication and Reporting – Design supported data services such as query, reporting, mapping, publishing, and document linking.

Outcome and Benefit

Xentity developed assessment, requirements, and CONOPS that integrate energy and minerals full lifecycle. This included planning, analysis, permitting, leasing, spatial workflow analysis, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and compliance. These covered the scope of all fluids and solids for energy and non-energy for all of BLM across national, state, and field offices for over 247 million acres of federal surface estate and 700 million acres of subsurface mineral estate. This is a challenge that has been at work since the early 1990s for BLM. The Xentity assessment method resulted in addressing the right level of stakeholder and governance collaboration. Also, the alignment for this national set of requirements and architecture. The recently developed CONOPS ions and operation model delivered has been reviewed by the key stakeholders, and steering governance. This included the Overall energy and minerals Program Senior Management, and BLM Chief Information Office (CIO).