Bio-Resource Information Management System (BRIMS) Goes Live

Jan 25, 2018

Connecting the world to Alberta’s biomass, ecosystem services, and land-use data

Silvacom and Alberta Innovates are pleased to announce that the Bio-Resource Information Management System (BRIMS) is now available for public use.

BRIMS is a world-class, publicly available data and information management system that collates inventories from forestry, agriculture, and municipality sectors to create a centralized, comprehensive spatial warehouse of biomass, ecosystem services, and land-use data. Access to this information is provided through an easy-to-use, online interactive web application.

BRIMS is a multi-phase project that began life as a proof of concept framework and grew to become the comprehensive, multi-resource database that it is today. To encourage green investment in the province, there needs to be public access to high-resolution, investment grade biomass and other ecosystem services data. The BRIMS web application was specifically designed by Silvacom and Alberta Innovates, with data partnerships from the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) and the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC), to respond to this need.

John Peters, Director of Energy & Environment with Silvacom says, “Existing forestry and agricultural operations in the province are constantly being approached by potential investors to consider collaboration in bioresource initiatives. For companies to take advantage of these opportunities, they required access to investment-grade biomass and ecosystem services data to help make solid investment and logistical decisions. Silvacom is beyond thrilled to be a part of the BRIMS story as we know this word-class system is what investors have been looking for.”

BRIMS enables informed bio-resource management and investment decisions in the province by identifying dependable, spatially explicit sources of biomass and other ecosystem services in Alberta. It aims to advance the bio-economy in Alberta by supporting bio-resource investment, guiding policy development, and fostering further analysis.

Our investment in the BRIMS application demonstrates our commitment to diversifying the economy by providing businesses and government access to data that will both support sound investment decisions and help build a greener Alberta.Laura Kilcrease, Alberta Innovates CEO

Background:

BRIMS has been specifically designed by Silvacom and Alberta Innovates, with data partnerships from the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) and the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC), to respond to the need for a centralized location for provincial bio-resources data. BRIMS is a world-class, publicly available data and information management system that collates inventories from forestry, agriculture, and municipality sectors to create a centralized, comprehensive assessment of biomass, ecosystem services, and land-use data. Access to this information is provided through an online interactive web application, enabling informed bio-resource management and investment decisions in the province. BRIMS can help identify dependable, spatially explicit sources of biomass and other ecosystem services in Alberta. It aims to advance the bio-economy in Alberta by supporting investment, guiding policy development, and fostering further analysis.