Settlement Planning Services:
Throughout its Planning projects the SETPLAN Team adopts a holistic, coordinated approach which is characterized by the following elements:
CONSULTATION BASED: Based on extensive consultation with key stakeholders throughout the project
SOLUTIONS BASED: Finding practical solutions to the challenged faced by the client.
MULTI-DISCIPLINARY (HOLISTIC) APPROACH: Utilising the diversity of professional skills and experience within the SETPLAN Team to provide integrated solutions
TECHNO CENTRIC: Maximise the utilisation of technology to achieve effective management solutions
SPATIALLY ENABLED: Extensive use of spatial information
CAPACITY BUILDING AND TRAINING FOCUSED: Focus on skills transfer and training
The geo-spatial solutions provided by SETPLAN are based on a holistic, coordinated approach characterized by the following elements:
INTEGRATION: We believe in the richness of diversity and specialize in the art of integrating and merging data and spatial technologies to facilitate access to information and decision making.
COMMUNICATION: Spatial data and maps have the ability to convey complex concepts in a simplistic fashion. Our focus is to create user-friendly maps and spatial products which are aesthetically pleasing and serve as a clear and direct communication tools for our clients.
INNOVATION: Implementing practical solutions tailored for the South African environment including the use of ‘best breed’ open source solutions.
VALUE: We firmly believe in the 80/20 principle in providing cost effective services and products which add value to our clients’ projects and business processes, allowing them to take informed decisions.
QUALITY: We pride ourselves on our uncompromised product quality and data accuracy which forms the core of our professionally delivered services and solutions.
Established in 1982 with offices in Cape Town, East London, Kimberely, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth Setplan is under the management of a core team of specialist in their fields:
- Brendan Hindes – Manager: Settlement Planning
- Carel Olivier – Manager: Geo-Spatial Solutions
- Jean-Marc Strydom – Manager: Software Development
- Leigh McClelland – Systems Analysis & Software Development
- Inge Triegaardt – GIS Specialist
- Jared Petzer – GIS Specialist
- JC v/d Linde – GIS Technician
- Garth Parfitt – Network Engineer & Linux Specialist
- Nelisa Vece – Administrator /Data Capturer
The diversity of Settlement Planning and Geo-spatial products and services provided by SETPLAN is reflected in the skills and extensive experience of the project team. Ranging from student data captures, Town Planners, GIS Specialists and Senior Software Engineers with 30 years programming experience the composition of the team allows for an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to be followed. This allows the team to propose and develop creative solutions to address clients’ requirements.
Settlement Planning and Layout Design:
SETPLAN’s layout planning approach is based on implementation of the latest Government Policy and represents the crafting of a new community through the application of an alternative settlement design approach which incorporates the principles of integration, sustainability, choice and identity. The resulting settlements incorporate spatial characteristics which give effect to the intentions of the Government’s Breaking New Ground Initiative (BNG).
Spatial Development Framework (SDF) and Master Plans:
SETPLAN has significant experience in the implementation of Stategic Spatial Planning projects including Spatial Development Framework Plans, Master Plans and Precinct Plans. In this regard SETPLAN recently concluded the Oudtshoorn SDF and participated in the compilation of the oringal Coega East Masterplan as well as a recent update thereto. SETPLAN is currently in the process of compiling the iBhayi SDF for the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro. Typical functions fullfilled during SDF / Master Planning projects include:
- Collation, integration and GIS mapping of spatial data relating to the project
- Implementation of a Land Use Management and Spatial Data Support System
- Detailed land / legal analysis of all land parcels within the study area
- Identification of spatial development constraints and opportunities
- Formulation of spatial proposals and alternative Spatial Master Plan / Spatial Development Strategies
- Identification and consultation with key stakeholders
- Mapping of Master Plan / SDF Proposals
Map Production / Cartography:
Maps provide a medium to convey and display a diversity of potentially complex sets of both spatial and non-spatial information in a simplistic, integrated manner. As such maps are communication tools, providing not only spatial information to the end-user but also assisting with decision making, both in the public and private sectors. In this regard the group has refined the art of map making, or cartography, with the ability to produce and publish accurate, high quality maps in a short period of time. Mapping products range from small cadastral locality maps to large format layout palns and complex regional maps which reflect and integrate a diverse set of spatial datasets. In this regard the team has extensive experience in the creation of mapping products which support and inform spatial planning processes including Spatial Framework Plans (SDF’s), Master Plans, Zoning Maps, Integrated Development Planning (IDP), Housing Sector Plans (HSP) and Areas Based Planning (ABP) etc.
Data Integration and Management:
At the core of effective map making is the skill of sourcing, integrating and presenting a diversity of spatial and non-spatial data sets and the managed of the data over the entire lifecycle of a project. Often neglected, the data management component of map making is vital for creating credible mapping products and the reports which are based there-on. The process of combining divergent information in a spatially manner also often highlights previously unnoticed trends thus serving to guide decision making. With their extensive experience in the creation of complex mapping products the team has not only refined the process of spatial data integration but has also developed data management, collection and storage solutions to support the map creation process. In addition the team also has expert knowledge in the integration and management of property based information. This includes the integration of cadastral, property ownership, municipal billing and property valuation information.
Spatial Data Analysis:
Extensive data analysis techniques are applied on a daily basis to support decision making both in the public and private sectors. Spatial information technologies are extensively used to answer questions such as “How far do you have to travel to the nearest school” or “How accessible is my business location”. Such analysis tools are also employed to determine the optimal location of cemeteries, identification of land for housing purposes or the potential “visual impact” of a proposed development from a specific vantage point. The various analysis techniques employed by the team allow for the cost effective modeling of a diversity of scenario’s thus enabling decision makers to make adequately informed decisions.
OVViO Software Solutions:
Supporting the various geo-spatial products and services provided by the team is the OVVIO© range of property, asset and valuation management products (www.ovvio.co.za). Developed in-house by the team in partnership with Sou-West Software, OVVIO© is a cloud/web-based software solution which tightly integrates and maintains property, debtors, asset and project information form a diversity of sources into a single, geospatially enabled portal. Specifically developed around the property and debtor management needs of the public sector OVVIO© incorporates deeds/ownership data, cadastral (mapping) and billing system information together with an array of data reporting and analysis tools including direct access to “external” data sources such as Google Street, Street View, Open Street Map and WinDeed etc. Due to its geospatial capabilities, OVVIO© allows users to visually digest and manipulate property and asset information from various viewpoints in an intuitive and user-friendly web browser based format. OVVIO© is, by design, an enterprise system enabling property information to be securely accessed and shared across an Intranet, VPN or the Internet.
Data Cleansing and Auditing:
Through the incorporation of a spatial element into standard data auditing and data cleansing queries the project team is able to identify shortfalls and inconsistencies within existing datasets. Such techniques are utilized in combination with the team’s Property Management expertise to assist with the assessment of Property Valuation Rolls, cleansing of municipal billing systems data and revenue collection. In addition the team has extensive experience in the cleanup of existing cadastral data for the purposes of creation and maintaining both surveyed and registered cadastral base maps.
Spatial data forms the basis on which the team’s various products and services are build. In this regard the accuracy of the spatial data and the speed with which it can be collected / captured determine the practicality and usefulness of the information. The team has developed data capturing systems and procedures to cater for a diversity of on-site GPS surveys, desktop data capturing / digitizing using aerial photography as well as household site surveys.
The team recognizes that skills transfer within an ever evolving technology based field is essential to ensure the effective utilisation and interpretation of many of the products and services provided to the end user. In this regard all software solutions provided by the team are accompanied by access to an on-line Resource Centre facility which is continuously updated. In addition on-site training sessions are provided on request from clients and end-users.
Effective project management is the key to the successfully implementation of meduim to large-scale geo-spatially based projects. Based on an in-depth understanding and experience of the various factors which influence the implementation of geo-spatial based projects, both within the public and private sectors, the team is able to provide turn-key solutions based on the clients requirements.
A sample of clients that SETPLAN has completed projects for:
Western Cape Provincial SDF Client
Baviaans Spatial Development Framework Plan Rural Development and Land
Inxuba Yethemba Spatial Development
Oudsthoorn Spatial Development Framework
Wards 24 and 25 George Local Framework
Cacadu Spatial Development Framework Plan
Lower Baakens Valley Precinct Planning Mandela Bay Development
Coega IDZ Master Plan East of the Coega River
South African National Biodiversity Institute
Coega Development Corporation
Cape Town Medium To Long Term Growth Options – City of Cape Town
Western Cape PDSFL Urban Restructuring
W Cape Psdf: Rural Land Use Planning & Management Guidelines
W Cape Psdf: Inclusionary Housing
Ikwezi SDF Ikwezi Municipality
Cradock and Middelburg Local Spatial Framework Plan
Helenvale Gelvandale Malabar Algoa Park Spatial Development Framework and Precinct Plan
Western Suburbs SDF and Precinct Plan Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality
Greater St Francis SDF Kouga Municipality
Jachtvlakte Human Settlement Precinct Plan
Thornhill Infill – Farm 448
Tokyo Sexwale Infill – Galjoen Street Kouga Municipality
Tokyo Sexwale Infill – Erven 1610 – 1613 Kouga Municipality
Layout Plan Feasibility Assessment: Ramaphosa Village – Patensie
Layout Plan Feasibility Assessment: Erven 676, 6532, 6533 Tokyo Sexwale
Oyster Bay Layout Planning: Portion 11 of Farm 735
Pola Park & Shukushukuma Infill Planning
Kwanonzamo South – Layout of Farm 688 portion
Pacaltsdorp Industrial Precinct Planning
Ethembeni Human Settlement Plan
Lusaka Infill Planning
Kwanobuhle Integrated Housing Development
Alicedale Human Settlement Plan
Transit Camp Department of Human Settlements/ Makana Municipality
Eluxolweni Department of Human Settlements/ Makana Municipality
Kruisfontein Department of Human Settlements/ Kouga Municipality
Missionvale Garden Lots Department of Human Settlements
Chatty Department of Human Settlements
Woodlands KouKamma Municipailty / Department of Human Settlements
Mfengu Housing Tsitsikamma Development Trust
Installations: OVVIO© Valuations & Property Management Solutions
Ndlambe Municipality Corporate GIS (Billing system, deeds information & cadastral integration)
Gauteng Department of Human Settlements Land Audit
Amatole District Municipality (ADM) Fixed Asset Register
Ekurhuleni Municipality GIS based Property Management and Valuation System
Hlabisa Valuation System: General Valuations
Phumelela Valuation System: General Valuations
King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality Corporate GIS (Billing system, deeds information & cadastral integration)
Lukhanji Municipality Corporate GIS (Billing system, deeds information & cadastral integration)
Kouga Municipality GIS based Property Valuation System
Dr JS Moroka Municipality GIS based Property Management and Valuation System
KouKamma Municipality Corporate Property, Debtors and Valuations System
Port St John’s Municipality Property Valuation System
Ndlambe Municipal Property Valuation System
Maletswai Municipal Property Valuation System
Emalahleni Municipal Property Valuation System
Intsika Yethu Municipal Property Valuation System
Ventersdorp Municipality GIS based Property Management and Valuation System
Makana Municipality Corporate GIS (ABAKUS billing system, deeds information & cadastral integration)
Implementation of a Corporate, GIS based, Town Planning and Building Plan Management System
Eastern Cape Property Valuation System (Pilot Project for 3 municipalities: Inkwanca, Ikhwezi, Blue Crane Route)
Letsemeng Municipality GIS based Property Management and Valuation System
Ngqushwa Municipality Property Management and Valuation System
Great Kei Municipality Property Management and Valuation System
Kouga Corporate GIS System (SAMRAS billing system, deeds information & cadastral integration)
Camdeboo Corporate GIS (PROMUN billing system, deeds information, service infrastructure & cadastral integration)
Govan Mbeki: General Valuation
Umzimvubu Integrated Property Management System
Great Kei: Supplementary Valuation
Tsolwana Municipal Debtors Survey
Intsika Yethu: Supplementary Valuation
Lukhanji: Supplementary Valuation
Kouga Integrated Property Management System
Intsika Yethu: Supplementary Valuation
ADM: Asset Register
Amahlati General Valuation
Nkonkobe General Valuation
Ntabankulu General Valuation
Valuation Audit: Ndlambe Municipality
Ngquza Hill General Valuation
Intsika Yethu General Valuation
Great Kei General Valuation