Summit breaks barriers in aviation through collaboration

Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Company of South Africa hosted its seventh annual AviAfrique Innovation Summit that once again created a platform for pan-African, organisation, and cross-industry stakeholder collaboration. Breaking barriers in the aviation industry through innovation was the aptly themed summit once more hosted at Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) International […]

Geo-referenced information exchange standard digitised

In September 1987, “A national standard for the exchange of digital geo-referenced information” by Derek G Clarke, Antony K Cooper, Elri C Liebenberg and M Hester van Rooyen was published by the CSIR as a Special Report, SWISK 45. It was also known as the National Exchange Standard (NES) and was version 1.0 of the […]

Satellite data places air pollution in focus

With air quality a serious environmental health problem, the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite is tasked with mapping air pollutants around the entire globe every day. This new mission has been providing data on carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone since July 2018, and now other pollutants such as sulphur dioxide and formaldehyde have been added to […]

Takeaways from satellite interoperability workshop

During August more than 100 leaders from the geospatial industry, government, and NGOs gathered at the USGS to discuss one of the biggest questions facing the earth observation field: is the data from different satellites “interoperable,” or exchangeable, with one another? How much effort are we spending trying to make them appear interoperable? How much […]

Update on the appointment of base dataset coordinators

Three separate workshops on the appointment of Base Data Set Coordinators were organised by the Directorate: National Spatial Information Framework (NSIF) on behalf of the Data subcommittee of the Committee for Spatial Information (CSI). The workshops were held in Pretoria and the focus was on Base Data Set Coordinators for the following Data Themes: Administrative […]

New tool to assess resilience and fragility in African countries

The African Development Bank has created and refined a new tool to diagnose fragility in countries, considering their capacities and pressures they may be under. Called the Country Resilience and Fragility Assessment (CRFA), the tool offers a new method of assessing resilience and fragility using seven key criteria: political inclusiveness, safety and security, justice, the […]

Municipal spending and revenue down qaurter-on-quarter

South Africa’s 257 municipalities spent a total of R88,6-billion in the quarter ended June 2018, 18% more than the R75,1-billion spent during the quarter ended March 2018. Municipal revenue was down, however, falling by 6% over the same period, from R87,6 billion (March quarter) to R82,6 billion (June quarter). Stats SA’s latest Quarterly financial statistics […]

Weather data for building analysis software

Trimble and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) have announced that CIBSE’s industry-standard Design Summer Year (DSY) and Test Reference Year (TRY) weather information is now available in Sefaira’s building analysis products. The implementation unlocks greater opportunities for high-quality building performance analysis and dynamic thermal modelling, which are required for all new projects […]