Innovation competition launched to improve travel across Africa

The SITA Air Transport Community Foundation, based in the UK, in conjunction with Wits University and the Tshimologong Precinct, has launched an innovation competition to address the question: What information, tools or technology will first-time air travellers in Africa need to make their journeys easy, successful and enjoyable? The SITA Air Transport Community Foundation Innovation […]

Workshop considers local approaches to BIM

The BIM Academy, a training partner of the BIM Institute, hosted a two-day workshop in Pretoria in February, drawing 28 construction professionals including civil engineers, quantity surveyors, technical directors, office managers and planning consultants, CAD specialists and academia. Themed “Enhancing the BIM process for Africa”, the workshop looked at local approaches to implementing building information […]

Young scientists put data to work in solving problems

A group of young data science students could have the answer to help prevent fatalities in South African mines due to seismic activity and rock bursts, with the development of an early warning and monitoring system called “Rock Pulse”. The students are part of a group participating in the Data Science for Impact and Decision […]

Startups show off their ideas

Esri South Africa has partnered with Venture Network for another in its series of “pitch nights” for startups, held on 7 March 2018 at the company’s head offices in Midrand, providing entrepreneurs an opportunity to expose their ideas to industry and potential investor. The programme is aligned to Esri South Africa’s Startup Programme. Startups can […]

Science engagements with learners

The South African National Space Agency’s (SANSA) Science Advancement team continues to inspire learners in various schools throughout the country. In this quarter, the team participated at the Science Tube festival in Galishewe, Kimberley, in the Northern Cape from 12 to 16 February 2018. Learners were exposed to the agency’s Earth Observation, Space Science and […]

Partnership steps up enterprise development drive

Now in its sixth year of collaboration, the MTN SA Foundation and the Datacomb Development Hub (DDH) project is part of MTN’s Accelerated Business Development Programme which has, to date, helped nurture and grow over 100 SMEs. The project is currently looking for this year’s 20 SMEs which will benefit from this programme. The DDH […]

Young scientists put data to work in solving problems

A group of young data science students could have the answer to help prevent fatalities in South African mines due to seismic activity and rock bursts, with the development of an early warning and monitoring system called Rock Pulse. The students are part of a group participating in the Data Science for Impact and Decision […]

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 worldwide. 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 equality and the […]

Mauritian university joins GIS training programme

Esri South Africa and the University of Mauritius have signed a partnership agreement, allowing the entire university access to Esri’s ArcGIS technology. At an event held on 12 January 2018, Vice chancellor Prof. Dhanjay Jhurry joined Patrick McKivergan, managing director of Esri South Africa, in concluding the agreement. The University of Mauritius (UoM) is one […]

Teaching digital transformation of the construction industry

Students of the Faculty of Computer Science at the Nuremberg Institute of Technology in Germany have come up with ideas to avoid many of the issues that lead to construction projects failing, failures which can cost taxpayers and the economy billions each year. Prof. Peter Rausch at the institute’s department of Information Systems began teaching […]