Getting the geo-community to use satellite imagery in the cloud

The Earth Observation Discoveries Day, which took place at The Innovation Hub in Pretoria on 31 July 2018, exposed the local earth observation and geospatial community to the possibilities of working with earth observation big data in a cloud computing environment. The South African Space Agency (SANSA) and earth observation data provider, DigitalGlobe, jointly hosted […]

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 […]