Archive for February, 2018

Optimising stope design and quality monitoring with laser scanning

The demand of copper is such that progressively lower grades of copper ore are being mined profitably. One way to do so is by reducing the overall volume of waste material extracted, ensuring the highest concentration of the metal by minimising external dilution. Laser scanning can play a crucial role in achieving this. From a […]

Addressing shortcomings of land tenure reform in customary land rights

Despite over two decades of intervention, land reform in South Africa is failing [1; 2]. The failure of land reform is attributed to an inappropriate logic of land reform [2], which we link to differences in how land is understood, giving rise to application of inappropriate theory for the context [3, 4]. For land reform […]

Analytical-physical modelling and interoperability propel BIM

The increasing adoption of BIM as the method of choice for conceptual and detailed architectural design has resulted in more elaborate and complex designs than ever before. With this complexity, there is a need for more effective and automated BIM to structural analysis interoperability. As BIM becomes pervasive in all types of engineering projects, structural […]

Supporting women in science and technology

According to the UN, a significant gender gap has persisted throughout the years at all levels of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines all over the world. Even though women have made tremendous progress towards increasing their participation in higher education, they are still under-represented in these fields. “The UN has noted that gender […]

Tech for mining safety

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has showcased some of its latest technologies to improve safety in the mining sector at the Mining Indaba which took place in Cape Town during February 2018. The inaccessibility of some underground areas makes it difficult and dangerous for inspections after blasting. The CSIR has developed a […]