Mining Cadastre Administration System (MCAS)

Management of Mining Licenses and Payments

MCAS Overview

The Mining Cadastre Administration System (MCAS) is a web-based software application that supports governments manage their mineral rights. The software manages the full lifecycle of a mining right, from application through approval, licensing, renewals and finally expiration.  MCAS has a compliance module that tracks all payments made, payments outstanding, royalties, production reports, and contract terms to ensure compliance of license holders.  When used in conjunction with the Online Data Repository, all license and payment data can be exchanged via APIs and be made available online to relevant stakeholders.

MCAS 5.0 Release - a comprehensive government platform

MCAS Geoserver - Live GIS connection

MCAS comes with full GIS Server capabilities, using GeoServer embedded in the installation. This means full compatibility to any other GIS system using Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards, including ESRI ArcGIS shape files import and export.

Some of the key new features are:

- Real time plot visualisation during data entry
- Easy beacon re-ordering
- Beacon point drag and drop adjustment
- Auto border detection
- Overlap detection application vs active license
- Protected areas overlap detection
- Sensitive are overlap detection
- Export shape files and ESRI support
- GIS query API.

New System Features

Designed for Government, by Government users


The Latest Web and Agile Technology 

GIS Server Capabilities 

Better design and visualization of license payment schedule and improved compliance controls.

Multi-lingual Support 

All languages supported with multilingual configuration features.

New intuitive User Interface

Latest HTML5 user experience makes it easier than ever to navigate the system.

Improved Orders To Pay

Better design and visualization of license payment schedule and improved compliance control.

Dynamic Fee Scheduler 

Configure any fee type with dynamic calculation settings.


Using Groovy/Grails framework following Agile methodology.

Spring/Hibernate Security Layer

The latest security frameworks for web technology.

PostgreSQL database

Latest database technology deployed on Apache Tomcat Web Server.

Publish data to web portal

MCAS can publish data directly via socket connection to a separate portal hosted by RDF in the cloud 

Does it have GIS features for detecting overlaps?

Yes, MCAS 5.0 has a full GIS Server embedded in the installation, using GeoServer. License applications have a designated spatial validation step where MCAS detects any overlaps with active licenses or applications in front of the queue. MCAS also detects overlaps with protected and sensitive areas.

MAS use open standards set forth by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and is caompatible with WMS/WFS, ESRI GIS systems, shape files and KML file standard. 

The MCAS Geoserver capabilities were introduced in MCAS version 4 in 2015. Earlier versions of MCAS (v. 2.x and 3.x) used KML GIS file standard for compatibility, and required users to use separate gis software to detect overlaps. 

How good is the data security?

MCAS uses the latest we security frameworks and installed on servers with https secure protocol, following international best practice in data security. As part of the installation, backup procedures are implemented and the server is installed with RAID configuration to avoid possible hard disk failure causing loss of data.

RDF have supported governments on hosting MCAS systems for over 10 years without any data loss or security breaches.

What about inter-operability and integration options?

MCAS has several APIs for integrations, and comes with plug-and-play options for integration with other RDF systems such as the NTRS payment system. IT can also integreate with taxpayer registries or company registeries through the ATOM plugin. Further integrations with Customs systems like Asycuda can be done through the RD Fusion system. The MCAS Geoserver enables live connection of MCAS data to any GIS software or GIS-enabled portals. There are several modules in MCAS that are standalone data services, like DocFlow for document management, which other systems can also use.

How much does the system cost?

The MCAS system is provided without license fees or any recurrent software license costs by RDF as a non-profit organization, provided that the client institutions adhere to the RDF Condtions of Usage. The project cost of implement MCAS is determined by how much time RDF staff are spending with the client to implement it. 

How is the project implementation funded?

The projects implementing MCAS are usually funded by development partners in-country as a two-year capacity development project.