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WhiteStar Legal Mapper: Map to Infinity

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The following events are based on a true story.  

Your company has just merged.  Suddenly, your office is awash in an ocean of land deeds full of legal land descriptions.  Your boss comes into the office and tells you that within a week she wants to map the newly merged company’s land positions for strategic reasons.  

In the past, you would need a $100,000+ investment in software and data just to produce one map.  Anyone who has gone down this road knows that a land mapping system implementation can take months if not years. 

A Better Way to Get Your Land Position on a Map.

For a flat fee, map to infinity.  Map as few or as many polygons as needed to meet project goals.  No investment in land mapping systems required.

WhiteStar Legal Mapper

Gain access to all four included methods:

  • ArcGIS: Map land parcels directly inside ArcGIS Pro or ArcMap.
  • GIS Data: Upload a spreadsheet file to the web app and download the computed polygons in Shapefile, CSV or GeoJSON formats.
  • FME Transformer: Use the WhiteStarLegalMapper transformer inside a Safe Software FME workspace.
  • REST API: Incorporate our RESTful API into internal or external facing software application.


  • WhiteStar’s high quality databases support land mapping section, township, range, quarter-quarter and lots descriptions. No additional software or data investment required, except for map display.
  • Flat fee pricing.  No credit buckets.
  • Unlimited polygon generation.
  • Complete USA Public Land Survey section coverage. (30 States, including Alaska)
  • Detailed lot data available for complete states of MT, ND, WY, CO, UT, KS, OK, AR, LA, MS, AL, and FL.  CA and MI in progress.   More added all the time.

Preview the Functionality for Free


The  “WhiteStar Wizard” is available for free from the Apple iOS store.  Figure 1 shows is an example iPhone screenshot. This free app also showcases our available data libraries including WhiteStar Culture and WhiteStar Wells. You can press the balance beam icon to key in and map any valid public land survey legal description land polygon. 

Batch Processing

If you want to process tens, hundreds, or thousands of legal land descriptions,  WhiteStar Cloud has a way. Batch processing can also be accomplished using the WhiteStarLegalMapper in an FME Workspace.

Web Service

A final method allows a programmer to incorporate the WhiteStar Legal Mapper RESTful Web Service into your corporate intranet. Imagine the power of mapping your leases in the field as the raw data are collected.  Make sure your research is correct, complete, and matches the legal documents.


#FMEUC17 and Shapefile’s Silver Jubilee

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This year, Safe Software held its first worldwide user meeting in three years at the beautiful Vancouver, BC Convention Centre.  We love the people at Safe - authors of the “Feature Manipulation Engine” or FME that transforms data and coordinates from one format to another.  WhiteStar uses this technology intensively to prepare data formatted for a wide variety of customer applications. 

You would think after twenty years, data transformation problems would all be solved.  To the contrary, the number and variety of data formats just continues to explode.  Indeed, we use Safe’s FME Server technology inside of WhiteStar Cloud, where customers can come to a website and “clip, zip and ship” the data they need in their desired format.   

Col, Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station,  gave the keynote talk at the conference about managing complexity and change. “If you want things to stay the same, something is going to have to change!”  set the tone for the UC.  We can’t continue to do things the old way.  In WhiteStar’s world, we need to stream data rather than deliver GIS data using old methods such as ftp and shapefiles.   
Hadfield mentioned that the May 6th, 2017 cover story of The Economist rightly cites data as the world’s most valuable resource.  As a data company, we have known that for a very long time, and spend time and effort trying to convince our prospects of this.  Still too many are seduced and spend their entire budget on software. 

Amusingly,  the conference celebrated the 25th anniversary of shapefiles.  Even more amazing (horrifying?) is that shapefiles use the old 1980s vintage dBase III DBF format to store data. Perhaps next year @dbffiles could celebrate their 35th birthday.  On Twitter, you can follow the very active and humorous @shapefiIe account so as not to miss any developments!

WhiteStar Geodata Analyst Pete Vaziri and I gave a well attended talk on the large task of compiling and continually updating parcel data for the more than 3142 counties and county-equivalents in the USA.  WhiteStar has a research staff who contact each county and update the data on a regular basis.  Data must then be converted to a common format (using FME of course), normalized to a standard schema, converted to a common coordinate system, and then loaded into GIS databases where it can then be streamed to customers or available on WhiteStar Cloud.  

FME Colorado User Group
Are you an FME-er in the Denver area? We are looking for a speaker for the next meeting of the Colorado FME User Group.  Please contact me if you would exchange a beer for a 25 minute presentation on some topic of interest to the FME User community.  

Now Playing on GridTV

Marketing WhiteStar

We spend a lot of time on here focusing on what good grid will do for you – save time, save money, drive better decisions, and make you look like a rock star. But back in the office, we’re really a bunch of data nerds who get an inordinate amount of enjoyment from digging into historical records and finding weird little anomalies, tracking down backstories, and knitting together an elegant web from all these pieces.

We have some amazing in-house experts overseeing the data you use. If you’re interested in learning more about how this all comes together, we invite you to grab a bowl of popcorn, sit back, and enjoy this double feature – and stay a few minutes extra to get some insight into what to look for in a data contract. 

How It’s Made: The History Behind Lots, Tracts and Quarter-Quarters
Jessica Schiewe, QA/QC Manager: A Girl, Some Grid, and the Fine Print

In-house expert Jessica walks us through how her team interprets historical documents and reconciles them with current records to produce the best data.

(Re)Solved Mysteries: Deciphering Texas
Jeff Smith, GeoData Admin Lead: Texas Land Survey

Railways, shifting borders, and a history of occupations – the Texas land survey has it all. WhiteStar expert Jeff gets to the bottom of it to analyze what it looks like today. 

Bonus Feature: The Data’s Advocate
Peter Edwards, Director, Fairfield and Woods, PC
Data Contracts – What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

WhiteStar Counsel Peter Edwards talks what to look for before signing a data contract.