FIG Peer Review Journal


Land Consolidation and Agricultural Traffic – Instrument for Calculating the Traffic Volume (4179)

Suvi Panschin and Arvo Vitikainen (Finland)
Dr. Arvo Vitikainen
Helsinki University of Technology
P.O. Box 1200
Otakaari 1
Corresponding author Dr. Arvo Vitikainen (email: arvo.vitikainen[at], tel.: + 358 9 451 3872)

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Published on the web 2010-01-14
Received 2009-11-19 / Accepted 2010-01-14
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Congress 2010 in Sydney, Australia and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Congress 2010
ISBN 978-87-90907-87-7 ISSN 2308-3441


The study outlined the volume of agricultural traffic and the possibilities of reducing the traffic by land consolidation. Further, the study investigated the total load caused to the village road network by agricultural traffic and the possibilities of analysing the future changes. The initial material for the study was obtained from the Finnish Land Parcel Identification System, i.e. the FLPIS, maintained by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The FLPIS contains the location information of all farmsteads and field parcels of the farms receiving acreage-based support, and, among other information, the field parcel identifiers, surface areas and outer boundaries and information of the owners and tenants. The data of the study area in the FLPIS was downloaded into the JAKO land data bank system of the National Land Survey of Finland and the lengths of travel to the field parcels and the volume of agricultural traffic on the road network were counted by the route calculating instrument contained in the system. The road network of the area was obtained from the Land Information System maintained by the National Land Survey of Finland and the Smallworld Network Follower application was used as the calculating instrument. The study shows that by land consolidation the agricultural traffic of 129 farms on the through-passing highway could be reduced by ca. 45% from the present 57 000 km/year, i.e. to some 26 000 km/year. According to the estimate of the National Land Survey and the compensations in the expense data bank this would bring about 25 000 euros of annual savings to the farmers, which, when capitalised (30 years, 5 % rate of interest), means total savings of ca. 390 000 euros. The reduction of slow agricultural traffic on the highway also has a significant benefit to traffic safety.
Keywords: Digital cadastre; Cadastre; Land management; Land readjustment; Real estate development