Spatial statistics and professional registration discussed

The Geo-Information Society of South Africa’s (GISSA) Gauteng branch met on 23 February 2018 in Pretoria to continue the professional registration discussion and share GIS case studies and experiences. The professional registration discussion followed a debate format, with the University of Pretoria director of the Centre for Geoinformation Science, Prof. Serena Coetzee, and City of […]

Research projects showcased at urban conference

A delegation of eleven Gauteng City Region Observatory (GCRO) researchers attended the ACC International Urban Conference 2018 in Cape Town from 1 to 3 February, where they showcased their research in presentations and panel discussions. Christina Culwick co-ordinated a two-part panel on Just Sustainability around research which explores the complexities around concurrently navigating social justice […]

Mine surveyors discuss future of profession

Mine surveyors from the IMSSA North West branch gathered near Rustenburg for their first meeting of the year, at which they discussed changes that the profession is undergoing. High on the agenda was changes in qualifications, training and technologies. This follow the discontinuation of the Chamber of Mines Certificate, with the last date for registration […]

Atlas to help South Africa’s sectors respond to climate change

The second edition of an atlas showing South Africa’s vulnerability to climate change has been launched in Johannesburg, to help the country’s economic and social sectors take informed decisions to avoid risks related to climate change. Developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an entity of the Department of Science and Technology […]

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 […]

Transformation and digital construction in the spotlight

The KwaZulu-Natal Construction Expo, which took place from 7 to 8 February this year in Durban, brought together multiple built environment disciplines in the province to discuss digital construction, sector transformation, tendering practices and other industry trends and technologies. Digital construction has the potential to help improve efficiencies in a traditionally conservative construction industry by […]

Supporting floods disaster planning and awareness

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) is working together with the National Disaster Management Center (NDMC), an entity of the Department of Local Government and Cooperative Governance, in a campaign aimed to create disaster awareness in the five district municipalities: Capricorn District in Limpopo province, Dr. Kennet Kaunda District in North West, Alfred Nzo […]

Best technical article 2017 winner

Mnqweno Mnyengeza from Statistics South Africa has won the PositionIT Best Technical Article 2017 prize, a Bosch GLM 100 C Professional Laser Measure, for the technical article “Technological innovations for data collection”, which was published in PositionIT January/February 2017. Mnyengeza is a deputy director in the Geography unit of Stats SA and is a registered […]

Evolution of mine surveying discussed

The IMSSA Mpumalanga Branch meeting took place at the Belle Doné Boutique and Spa in Witbank on 16 February 2018 and was attended by 72 members – notably younger attendees and presenters. Dave Wilson from the University of Johannesburg underlined one of the problems affecting mine survey students, namely practical training, since big mining houses […]

Exhibitions company celebrates 50 years

This is an exciting time in South Africa’s history to be celebrating 50 years of achievement and success. So says Gary Corin, Managing Director of Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery at the company’s recent 50th anniversary celebration. Speaking at the celebratory event, attended by industry partners, exhibitors, suppliers, and media, among others, Corin said that this country has entered […]