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 […]

Global water quality portal to support UNESCO

Eomap has built a global water quality portal using earth observation and satellite data to support the International Initiative on Water Quality (IIWQ) of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP). The comprehensive IIWQ World Water Quality Portal will assist with global water quality assessment and capacity building for streams, lakes and rivers. Monitoring water quality is […]

Modelling to help cities adapt to rising temperatures

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a modelling capability that can help municipalities adapt to climate change and associated rises in temperature. This is done by combining information from temperature projections and detailed information of urban surfaces, such as roads and buildings, using the city spatial development plan in that region. […]

Best Technical Article awards for 2017 announced

Each year, EE Publishers selects a technical article, written by a local author, from each of its four magazines and presents the author with the Best Technical Article Award. The awards for 2017 are listed below. EngineerIT Chris Burger and Dr. Moshe Masonta, from the CSIR Meraka Institute won EngineerIT’s Best Technical Article Award for […]

What GDPR means for South African businesses

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is one of the most important changes in data privacy regulation in 20 years. Ross Saunders, the director of global technology services at Cura Software Solutions, shares some need-to-know information for the South African context. The DDPR’s fundamental aim is to protect all European Union (EU) citizens from privacy […]

National aerial imagery quality improved

The Chief Directorate: National Geo-spatial Information (NGI), under the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR), has improved its digital imagery acquisition by changing its resolution from 0,5 m to 0,25 m ground sample distance (GSD). In 2005, NGI noticed a global trend towards digital image acquisition and decided to acquire its imagery using […]

Sustainable land management through smart investments

Thirty percent of all land is degraded, and has lost its true value. Land grabbing and a headlong rush for productive land signals a growing recognition that access to productive land will be crucial for future economic growth, peace and stability, according to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The World Day to Combat […]