The Sultanate of Brunei became a fully independent nation
in 1984. Its national mapping agency was first formed in
1952 and is now known as Juru Ukor Agong Negen
(JUAN) (Survey Department Brunei), under the Ministry of
Development. It is responsible for cadastral and topographic
mapping and for the provision and maintenance of a national
survey and land information system.
A comprehensive and modern mapping infrastructure has
been established, building on foundations started by the
British Directorate of Overseas Surveys, whose 1:50,000
scale (T735 Series) offered complete coverage in 18 sheets with
relief shown by 50 ft and 100 ft contours. A 14-sheet
national map using the Brunei national grid (Series BR50)
replaced this earlier mapping in the 1980s, and a new four-color
1:10,000 scale with metric relief was also started in
1987, with sheets covering 5 km areas bounded by rectified
skew orthomorphic grid squares, replacing a 1:12,500 scale
imperial series compiled in the 1970s. These series are
updated and revised using SPOT multi-spectral and
panchromatic imagery. In the early 1990s 1:100,000 scale
district mapping was redesigned and published in five sheets
under the designation (BR 100).
Developed areas of Brunei are mapped at 1:1,000 and 1:2,500
scales, with photomaps produced for some areas of Bandar
Seri Begawan. Cadastral data on the Torrens system are being
captured along with topographic data to establish an integrated
and automated land information system using
Soviet military topographic mapping of Brunei exists at the following scales: 1:1,000,000 (2 sheets, partial coverage, published 1953-1960) and
1:500,000 (2 sheets, partial coverage, published in 1964). These products are available in print, digital raster and digital vector GIS formats from
East View Geospatial.
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