OSM recognised with award for its social benefit

OpenStreetMap (OSM) was selected as the winner of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) 2018 Award for Projects of Social Benefit. The FSF’s founder and president Richard Stallman presented OSM with the award during the LibrePlanet 2019 Conference. The award is a custom-made piece of art: a golden-looking record that had on its label the four […]

Second GPS III satellite readies for launch

The US Air Force’s second new GPS III satellite, bringing higher-power, more accurate and harder-to-jam signals to the GPS constellation, is ready for its July 2019 launch. The US Air Force nicknamed the GPS III SV02 “Magellan” after Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. It is the most powerful and resilient GPS satellite ever put on orbit. […]

Partnership to leverage geospatial knowledge for ICT infrastructure development

The World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) announced a partnership for making information and communication technologies available to all. The organisations will work towards promoting and fostering knowledge exchange and expertise for best practices in the field of ICT and geospatial technologies for a sustainable digital economy. WGIC represents the […]

Standard helps local government with sustainable development

Newly revised guidelines help governments to improve their activities and align them with local needs and expectations for healthier, happier communities. The public sector is the largest service provider in any country, offering a broad array of services that directly affect residents’ lives. The challenges are many, not least balancing the expectations of citizens with […]

Surveyors talk tariffs, productivity and private practice principles

The South African Geomatics Institute’s (SAGI) Northern Branches met for its annual general meeting on 5 April 2019 at the Tshwane University of Technology, where they also held a workshop on running a private practice the day prior. In his capacity as a representative of the South African Geomatics Council (SAGC), Peter Newmarch gave attendees […]

Lessons from a digital mine

The Wits Mining Institute’s (WMI) annual DigiMine Seminar this year shared with delegates from the mining industry digital mining developments and lessons the institute has learnt from its own digital mining laboratory. The WMI is one of Wits University’s six interdisciplinary 21st Century Research Institutes tasked with developing professionals for careers in the fourth industrial […]

Geospatial-based climate adaptation guide

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has released the Green Book in March 2019, an online climate risk profiling and adaptation tool based on peer-reviewed climate models. It offers policy makers a guide to adapt and implement climate change actions. The tool takes a multi-sector approach and has a strong geospatial planning component […]

Gallery: SAGI AGM, 5 April 2019

The South African Geomatics Insitute (SAGI) held its annual general meeting on 5 April 2019 at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in Pretoria.  

Take note: GPS week number rollover on 6 April 2019

Global Positioning System (GPS) users and those who use systems relying on GPS should be aware of the upcoming GPS week number rollover which will occur on 6 April 2019 at 23:59:42 UTC, during which the GPS week counter will reset to zero. GPS uses a week counter to calculate date. This value is encoded […]

Agreement towards publicly available seafloor maps

The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project and the Five Deeps Expedition have signed an agreement which lays the groundwork for previously unexplored areas of the seafloor to be mapped and the resulting data made available for public use. Signed at the headquarters of the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) in Monaco, the agreement establishes a partnership […]