Drone light show has commercial operators seeing Absa red

Commercial drone operators cry foul as drone light show sidesteps Part 101 commercial drone regulation. As part of its rebranding exercise, Absa partnered with Intel’s Drone Team for a drone light show above the Johannesburg CBD to display the bank’s new logo. The orchestrated 300-drone performance in July left the audience in awe, but drew […]

Mapping natural woodland burial grounds

To locate individual burial plots with confidence, even when they are covered by trees and plants, as well as plan future burial plot use and manage the site, surveyors were tasked to create an accurate, electronic map of a burial park. Since the 1990s, the concept of woodland burial parks has become increasingly popular. As […]

Multidimensional poverty mapping of the Gauteng City Region

Following the Gauteng City Region Observatory’s (GCRO) earlier multidimensional poverty map based on 2013 data, this article presents an update based on Quality of Life Survey IV (2015/16) survey data to show how a multidimensional poverty map of the Gauteng City Region was created. Poverty is often measured in terms of income. An alternative approach […]

Mapping endangered mammals for conservation

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and SANBI, in collaboration with multiple partners, recently revised the 2004 national Red List of Mammals, a list which helps to identify regional populations that are of global importance for the conservation of the species. Mapping is a key aspect of the red listings process, with the below article providing […]

Irregular municipal expenditure up by 75%

Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) is concerned about the 75% increase in irregular municipal expenditure, from R16,2-billion in the previous year to R28,4-billion in the year under review, as reported in the recent Auditor General’s report. While CESA acknowledges the significant effort made by municipalities in 2016/17 to identify and report on irregular expenditure incurred […]

The new IRP for electricity, and the future of coal in the electricity generation mix of SA

A keynote presentation by Chris Yelland, managing director and investigative editor at EE Publishers, at the workshop on Air Quality, Emissions and the Low Carbon Economy hosted by the Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) in Johannesburg on 30 May 2018. On 16 May 2018, I made a keynote presentation at the annual conference of the National […]

BIM classification system announced

The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) Elemental Class Version 1– a BIM classification system – has been developed for architects to organise or tag elements and objects for construction requirements, products and activities. The classification system is derived from the ASAQS Guide to Elemental Cost Estimating 2016. This is a significant step forward for […]