New boss plans more online services at lands & survey

| 13/02/2012

Reputer Vasquez (184x250).jpg(CNS): Following the appointment of Alan Jones to Chief Officer for Ministry of District Administration, Works, Lands and Agriculture (DAWL&A) Rupert Vasquez has now been appointed as Acting Director, Lands and Survey Department and he promises to bring e-conveyancing to the department as he plans to boost on-line services by scanning in some 35,000,000 land related documents.  This promotion follows on from his recent appointment as Deputy Director and Registrar which to record the relevant details of all land ownership information in the Cayman Islands, and to maintain the Registry Map that identifies every parcel of land.

The Registrar of Lands is responsible for administering the Lands Registry in accordance with the Registered Land Law, the Registered Land Rules and the Strata titles Registration Law.

Today, the Land Registry is responsible for recording all land transaction in the Cayman Islands. This role provides for the maintenance of some 29,000 parcels registers defining ownership and other interests in land such as Leases, Right of Ways, Restrictions and Charges. The primary role is to provide the public with accurate and up-to-date Land Registry information at all times.

Vasquez said his goal was to make the system even more efficient with an emphasis on customer service and transparency. “Our Land Registry is already considered and to be the best in the region. However, no matter how good a system is, there is always room for improvement,  which can be achieved by analyzing and fine tuning it, and of course, by teamwork,” he said.

Budget permitting, Vasquez said he planned to scan in more than 35,000,000 Land Registry documents so that customers will be able to view them online, as was recently done with the survey documents.

“This will enable us to move towards e-conveyancing, which is one of the major goals for the Department in the near future,” he explained.

Vasquez joined the department in 1982 and has held the post of Senior Surveyor in the Survey Unit before heading the Quality Assurance Unit. In 2007, after being admitted to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, he was promoted to Chief Surveyor.
Minister of District Administration, Works, Lands and Agriculture Juliana O‘Conner-Connolly welcomed him to his new position.

“Mr. Vasquez’s selection is reflective of the Ministry’s commitment to build and maintain a strong and dynamic management team and Mr. Vasquez’s wealth of experience will continue to be a major asset to Lands and Survey,” she said.

Alan Jones, Chief Officer of DAWL&A added said he had every faith that “Rupert will ensure that Lands & Survey maintains its reputation for excellent customer service and innovative product development. His promotion is a result of his ability to think strategically, and as Chief Surveyor he earned the respect of his peers, customers and partners.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hearty congratulations to Rupert Vasquez, a man of great integrity and superb work ethic.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Rupert is a very high quality person.

    I worked with him for a number of years.

    I hope that he assumes the post of Director soon. He deserves it and will do an excellant job.

  3. No Chinese here says:

    Furthermore, the street atlas  should not cost anyone a dime to purchase.  Considering the amount of money this dept. collects annually in fees, that should be the one thing that you give freely by subscription.  

  4. Anonymous says:

    I quote, "Budget permitting, Vasquez said he planned to scan in more than 35,000,000 Land Registry documents so that customers will be able to view them online, as was recently done with the survey documents"

    Really? Honestly, has he even calculated this out (forget the $$ for a second), just look at how many years it would take.

    Assumptions: Scan in rate of 1 document per minute (this includes the scan, electronic filing, etc).

    35,000,000 documents (that is what the article stated, 35 million…seems a bit high)

    35,000,000 minutes = 583,000 hours 

    252 working days * 8 hours = 2016 hours per YEAR per PERSON

    So….583,000/2016 = 289 years for one peson.

    Ok, so let's say 10 people work non-stop on this.  Now it is only 28.9 years!

    Get real, that isn't' going to happen. People need to stop saying things that are so ludicrious.

    • Anonymous says:

      1 document per minute is a high estimate.


      Today's high speed scanners and content management systems can do much better than that.


      Yes, it is a big job, but one that could probably be done in 5 or so years, not 26.

      • Anonymous says:

        Scanners can be faster yes, but you forget each as to be labled and filed into the appropriate "folder".  So you could scan them all in, but they have to be filed in the appropriate places, and that can't happen in less than a minute.  Open, View File, Save in Right Folder…not happening in less than 1 minute.

        • Anonymous says:

          Content management systems can automatically save the routine scanned documents in the appropriate file system folders or store them directly in the Oracle database.


          The manual Open, View File, Save in Right Folder sequence is rarely required.

  5. McCarron McLaughlin says:

    While Land and Survey is scanning these 35 million docs, the goverment may want to modernize the Immigration department files as well, from what I can remember from my time there it was a disaster, so Mr. Vasquez may want to lend some know how in this area to Immigration. 

  6. Anonymous says:

    The prices for their products are ridiculously high.

  7. Anonymous says:

    The primary role is to provide the public with accurate and up-to-date Land Registry information at all times.

    One way to achieve this would be to drop the $50 fee you charge people for changing their postal address. Because of your hard-headed attitude you will have to contact the utilities to get the correct postal addresses, but it will improve the responses when property owners have to be contacted.

    Now get on with the job before Ellio inserts himself in the picture and says it was all his idea.

    • Anonymous says:

      You mean like the CCTV idea from the Prison review that he is on radio thumping his chest about? Remeber how Al Gore had invented the internet too?