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 the complexity. While these changes create better representations of geological phenomena, moving complex data between proprietary software […]

Global drone market forecast up to 2025

In April, Research and Markets published its report Drone service market application (aerial photography, data acquisition and analytics), industry (infrastructure, media and entertainment, agriculture), type (drone platform service, drone MRO, drone training) solution, region – Global Forecast to 2025. The market study covers the drone services market across segments. It aims at estimating the market […]

CBE update on the identification of work

Adv. Pieter Fourie updated the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) Board on the latest developments and progress on the identification of work and the publication of guideline fees. Two previous updates (on 28 September and 14 December 2018) alluded to a new approach to identification of work, further engagement with the Competition Commission […]

EU backs business incubator and projects to boost SA space industry

European Space Agency representatives joined SANSA for a workshop in Hermanus in January 2019. The goal of the workshop was to define joint projects that would be beneficial to both agencies. One such potential project is a ESA/SANSA business centre to support the development of downstream applications within the space industry, to be hosted at […]

Satellites to measure sea-level under construction

Taking measurements of the height of the sea surface is essential to monitoring sea level rise – and the Copernicus Sentinel-6 mission is on the way to do just this. The mission will be a constellation of two identical satellites that are launched sequentially. Over the next decade, the Copernicus Sentinel-6A and then Sentinel-6B satellites […]

New appointments at international geospatial council

The World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) appointed a new president and treasurer for the 2019 – 2020 term at its AGM in April 2019. Ronald Bisio, senior vice president of Geospatial at Trimble, was elected as the new president, while John Renard from Cyient has been appointed as the new treasurer. Bisio supported WGIC activities […]

New projection and cartesian coordinate system put on hold

Following a call for comments on the proposed new projection and new cartesian coordinate system for the South African spatial referencing system, the Chief Directorate: National Geospatial Information (NGI) said comments has not resulted in a clear way forward at this stage. The NGI received a good response, which it has reviewed and for which […]

WGIC and UNSD collaboration strengthens global geo-info ecosystem

The World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), Secretariat for the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), signed an agreement to collaborate and work towards demonstrating the comprehensive value and utility of geospatial knowledge and data systems as core enablers for attainment of the global […]