Digital Cemetery Mapping
We map all cemeteries, provide a plot map for every grave with a unique ID, and offer you maximum detail at the click of a button.
Our digital cemetery mapping creates an accurate plot map for all cemeteries, where each plot has a unique ID relating to your electronic records.
Chronicle Provides the Best Mapping
with Geospatial Engineering Services
Accurate mapping, intuitive interface
Navigate your digital cemetery with a true-to-life representation. Our stunning, accurate map is intuitive, letting you tell the status of every plot at a glance. Accessible from any device, the high-quality aerial map offers rich data about every interment, with just a click.
Engage with families and the wider community
You can confidently present accurate maps and records to your community, families, and audiences. No more rummaging through paper ledgers to find the right plot for a grieving family or organising maps by hand to accurately preserve your community’s legacy.
Use cemetery space wisely
Visualise your cemetery plan in meetings with the board, contractors, ground team. An accurate representation of your cemetery’s grounds, plots, and monuments lets you make better plans for plot sales and operational.
Chronicle Offers Standard and Advanced
Digital Mapping Service
Standard Digital Cemetery Mapping
- Chronicle works with our qualified drone pilot to acquire orthorectified aerial imagery.
- We use this imagery to trace the plots for the creation of a cemetery map, uploading it as a background on the Chronicle app so users can clearly view their cemetery space.
- Using your existing diagrams and maps as a reference, cross-checking all available datasets for accuracy, we then draw precise plots from this image and match them with relevant plot IDs.
A reliable, safe and secure digital cemetery seamlessly combines a stunning aerial map – as you see it on-the-ground – with all your original records and new data. This is your single source for all data – always up-to-date – saving you time on admin so you can serve your community more meaningfully.
Advanced Digital Cemetery Mapping
Create a true-to-life digital representation of your cemetery with Chronicle’s precise Grave Coordinate & Headstone survey and aerial map. Even with incomplete records, you can preserve your community’s legacy accurately and beautifully – in reduced time.
- Chronicle’s qualified drone pilot acquires high-resolution aerial images – accurate to 1-2cm with 24x zoom.
- We take a photograph of every headstone, acquired together with their highly-accurate GPS coordinates – specialised equipment ensures coordinate accuracy within 5cm (2 inches).
- Interment details are precision-extracted from every single headstone/plaque – using a combination of AI and manual methods.
- The boundaries of individual burial spaces are drawn, guided by physical ground markings.
- Results are thoroughly cross-checked with your existing maps and records.
- Any details not present on headstones/plaques – like purchaser or interment details – are added to each plot.
- All this is combined seamlessly and uploaded to Chronicle’s secure platform.
How to start
Cemetery Digital Mapping?
We always encourage you to ask for Chronicle’s assistance with any surveying activities (eg. GPR survey, aerial drone photos, headstone survey, etc).
We are specialists in this field and can easily (and regularly) work with a local contractor to complete the survey to the proper specifications. We can give a clear project scope of what needs to be done and the output required based on your cemetery unique needs, ensuring you get the results that you want without spending extra on unnecessary extra work.
Asking Chronicle to do your surveying activities will be cheaper, more efficient, getting you the right result faster and certainly saving you headache in the long run.
Our Client Story
Murray River Council digitised 6 cemeteries with Chronicle’s Advanced Mapping. This has allowed the Council staff in charge of the cemeteries to have accurate records and mapping.
“With Chronicle Advanced Cemetery Mapping, each plot has a headstone/plaque photo and accurate coordinate. It’s amazing to see and read the details on each plaque. It’s ideal for making amendments to existing plaques, for us and the families, we wouldn’t have to go to the on-site plot, we can show by sending the link to the plot with the plaque photo. Families could also get inspiration on what to put in the plaque by clicking around other plots on the Chronicle map. It’s a game-changer.”
“It’s 100% worthwhile doing. It’s important to clean up your data prior, but definitely worthwhile and rewarding. Chronicle takes a lot of headache out of it for us. The team has also been very easy to work with, making the process easier. I would certainly recommend Chronicle to others considering going down the similar track.”
Sandy – Manager of Business Intelligence
Murray River Council
(Frequently Asked Questions)
If the majority of your recent interments are electronic and you can reliably relate them to a physical monument/headstone in your cemetery (and you’re very sure that your records and existing map are accurate and matched), then you likely don’t need the Advanced Cemetery Mapping Service. In this instance we would recommend our Standard Cemetery Mapping Service.
This is very common for cemeteries with older sections (19th century). It was relatively common 100-200 years ago to bury someone without a marker or a marker made of wood or other material that has not survived 100+ years of fire, flood and degradation. This is prevalent even from burials 50 years ago. In bush fire prone areas, wooden markers don’t last. Heavy floods can wipe out seemingly permanent concrete monuments too.
The solution is in two parts:
- How do we locate unmarked graves in general?
- How does a full headstone survey help if many of our burials don’t have headstones?
Both are good questions. While the go-to solution for identifying objects underground is Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), this is an expensive process that is not totally accurate with varying quality that’s dependent on certain conditions. So, while GPR can be a good option in some situations, we rarely recommend it as a first step.
We’ll create an accurate map of our marked burials, relate it to whatever original records we have, then analyse the resulting map.
Usually we can make accurate educated guesses of where the unmarked burials are likely to be. For example, families tend to be buried in a line, pockets of old burials can be grouped together and likely areas of unmarked burials identified.
Put simply, when the existing monuments and records are accurately represented in the Chronicle online map, it’s possible to identify patterns and make intelligent guesses of where the unmarked burials likely are. From here, the cemetery might decide to further investigate and then will decide to hire specialists to do the GPR survey.