Archive for March, 2011

Who to phone when you need help

Training opportunities for apprenticeships and trade testing exist at Africa Skills Village (ASV), an accredited training and testing site on the outskirts of George. Candidates undergo the three year national apprenticeship training (Section 13) before completing the appropriate trade test. According to Elsie Harmse, MD of ASV, the benefits of traditional apprenticeships are numerous. “It […]

Integrate grade control data communications

Trimble’s new version of its SNM940 Connected SiteGateway integrates full telematics capabilities with a real-time, two-way data communication link, providing productivity-enhancing data for the Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System as well as the VisionLink fleet and asset management solution. It is said to be the industry’s first solution to integrate grade control data communications, remote […]


VI Instruments, distributors of the Topcon range of surveying instruments in Southern Africa for the past 43 years, have also recently been appointed as distributors for the Sokkia brand. With a well established sales team and service centres, the company will ensure effective support of the Sokkia products. Contact Derrick Brussow, VI Instruments, Tel 011 […]

GPS technology enables parking enforcement automation

by Bill Franklin, Tannery Creek Systems Canadian-based company, Tannery Creek Systems, is a leading developer and manufacturer of automated parking enforcement equipment and software. This article outlines how their signature product line, autoChalk, has been used to monitor and enforce parking in towns and cities across North America. please download the pdf document (123.82 kb)

Clamp-on testing for earth resistance

Stakeless or clamp-on testing has been the accepted method of testing earth system resistance for many years and is now included in the German standard VDE 0100-600:2008. Information from Megger   This method has a number of real user benefits, in particular not having to disconnect the electrode under test, increased user safety and significant […]

Spatial data infrastructure for SA

South Africa needs a spatial data infrastructure (SDI) to make masses of spatial data readily available in an integrated format. The Committee for Spatial Information (CSI) will be the main driver in establishing the South African Spatial Data Infrastructure (SASDI). Antony Cooper, CSIR Built Environment Fellow and the CSIR delegate on the CSI, recently explained […]

Masters and/or PhD scholarships available

Masters and/or PhD scholarships are available for full-time study at the Centre for Advanced Sensor Networks at the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering of the University of Pretoria – a leading hub of research and development in the field of advanced sensor networks in South Africa. The Centre for Advanced Sensor Networks aims […]

Africon 2011 Conference

Africon, the top biennial event of the IEEE in Africa, is a forum for professionals, academia and industry to exchange ideas, present their newest research findings and to network. The 10th IEEE Region 8 Africon 2011 Conference will be held from 13 to 15 September 2011 at the Zambezi Sun Hotel, Livingstone, Zambia. Be there […]

Conference partnerships

IEEE members or volunteers interested in setting up an IEEE conference in partnership with one or more technical IEEE organisational units or entities in South Africa (IEEE South Africa Section), please refer to training material as posted on the website of the IEEE South Africa Section ( Training material includes the following (available at no […]

On site oil filtration and sampling

Faulty transformers and expensive downtime can be avoided with the regular purification and filtration of transformer oil, according to Oil Purification Co. (OPC).OPC’s high-speed mobile purification unit (The Fluidex model E 300m) connects to the transformer without the need to cut the power supply, so production is not negatively impacted during the filtration process. It […]