Archive for October, 2011

Eskom Expo for Young Scientists

South Africa’s latest group of aspiring scientists were honoured for their achievements at the national finals of the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists.   Science and technology minister Naledi Pandor with the medal winners, guests of honour and speakers at the expo. After months of competition, regional finals and intensive examination and appraisal by a […]

Transformation in the aerial surveying and mapping industry

Smartvest Investment – a black-owned investment holding company – and Southern Mapping Company (SMC), a South African company and a leader in airborne mapping, have formed a new partnership, Southern Mapping Geospatial (SMG). SMG is said to be South Africa’s first black-owned airborne lidar and airborne hyperspectral company, and will service clients in both the […]

The challenges of wireless in automation and control

by Hans van de Groenendaal, EngineerIT   Wireless is a powerful tool for getting data from remote sites but it has its limitations, such as an an inherent latency in wireless links which make it unsuitable in situations where critical control signals are required in very short time periods. In situations like this, coaxial cable […]

Support for world data system

The first International Council for Science (ICSU) World Data System conference was held in September in Japan with more than 150 delegates from 21 countries participating. The ICSU World Data System (WDS) provides a revised architecture and infrastructure for the collection of ICSU World Data Centres, some of which have been in existence for more […]

Ocean Tracking Network

SAEON scientists are participating in the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) project which will electronically tag thousands of marine animals with the aim of demystifying their migration patterns and providing answers to global problems such as disappearing fish stocks and climate change. The OTN project is a Canadian initiative and involves scientists working in all five […]

Estate management for the 21st century

e-StatePortal, from ATEC Systems and Technologies, is said to be a communication tool, a billing engine and a payment facility for any estate, all rolled into one-easy-to use system. The system is customisable, flexible and scalable enough to manage estates of all sizes. Packed full of easy-to-use functionality for hassle-free and affordable property management, e-StatePortal […]

Promotion of data sharing within the SAEON domain

by Johan Pauw, SAEON Long-term data is irreplaceable and if monitoring continues uninterrupted and the data is accessible, the value of the data is compounded. Long-term data is becoming increasingly invaluable to society, which is facing mounting environmental challenges. This holds true everywhere on planet Earth. For this discussion I will exclude information products derived […]

Winners of the SAGI Northern Provinces branch photography competition

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QGIS courses at UP

Southern Mapping Geospatial in co-operation with Continuing Education at University of Pretoria, is presenting a short course in Quantum GIS. The short course will be offered at a post graduate level with the aim of supplying valuable education to individuals wishing to grow in their fields. The GIS Manager of Southern Mapping Geospatial, Michael Breetzke, […]

Streamlining controller applications

Rockwell Automation has released a new range of component-class micro programmable controllers and Connected Components Workbench software – the Allen-Bradley Micro800 range – said to offer machine manufacturers a cost-effective control solution for small applications. Together, the controllers and software are easy to configure, install and maintain. Designed to be used with other Allen-Bradley component […]