Transport authority established for integrated transport and spatial development

The Gauteng Transport Authority Bill was recently adopted by the Provincial Legislature as a vital step for integrated transport planning and co-ordination of public transport operations across the province. The Transport Authority will cover the Gauteng City Region, involving the provincial department of roads and transport and municipal transport administrations. The authority – currently in […]

Promoting land surveying with a global mapping effort

This week, 16 to 23 June 2019, the global organisation Land Surveyors United is celebrating International Land Surveyors Week. During this week professional land surveyors and surveying students globally celebrate the value of professional land surveyors in society, promote public awareness and introduce careers in surveying to the next generation. There are dedicated days of […]

Report: Extended reality needs responsible design

Having witnessed a five-fold-plus increase in patent registrations since 2014 and over a doubling in investment, extended reality (XR) is gaining momentum rapidly. Yet responsible business approaches are crucial. They also carry the potential to sustain explosive growth in this industry. Waking Up to a New Reality: Building a Responsible Future for Immersive Technologies, a […]

Workshop discusses space resource utilisation of African countries

On 23 and 24 May 2019, a group of space agency, space industry, and academic experts from across Africa, as well as from the United States, Luxembourg, and Japan gathered in Pretoria, South Africa, to discuss  space resources in the context of African space activities and policy. This discussion on space mineral resources was timely […]

Hackathon teams put location to work in apps

The NavPro team took the top prize at the Galileo Hackathon by H2020 project GNSS.asia, with their Rail Unfail solution, a GNSS-based maintenance system that geotags potential fault locations on railway tracks. Over 80 programmers from universities and enterprises all over India came together at PES University, Bangalore on 16 and 17 March 2019 to […]

Feedback from FIG Working Week 2019

The FIG Working Week and General Assembly took place in Hanoi, Vietnam from 22 to 26 April 2019, with almost 1000 attendees from 90 countries. The first general assembly had 58 member associations present and around 250 delegates, while the second had 56 member association and around 300 delegates. One new member association, the American […]

Mine surveyors discuss qualifications and regulations

The Institute of Mine Surveyors of South Africa’s (IMSSA) Mpumalanga Branch meeting was held at the Cullinan Destiny Lodge, Cullinan on 17 May 2019 and was attended by 56 members. Dennis Rae from the Minerals Council South Africa informed members that the planned phasing out of the Chamber of Mines exams has been postponed indefinitely […]

CSIR sets its focus on public-private sector collaboration

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is working closely with private sector and innovation partners in developing and localising technologies to support the advancement of industries in South Africa. The organisation has recently finalised its new strategy, which aims to leverage its strong science, engineering and technology capabilities to respond to industrial development […]

Summit to focus on African urban development

The spotlight will be on Africa and its urban development this week as more than 250 executives and professionals in the built environment sector are set to attend the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Summit Africa event in Sandton Central, Johannesburg. The summit will kicks off with a technical building tour, sponsored by AECOM […]

New open mining format under development

The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) is developing Version 2.0 of the Open Mining Format (OMF), an open-source file specification for 3D data interoperability. Mining requires a wide range of spatial data and new technologies are adding to their complexity. While these changes create better representations of geological phenomena, moving complex data between proprietary software […]