BIM competition winners announced

The BIM Institute has announced the winners of its two Living Spaces BIM Design Competitions 2018 at the African Construction Expo in May. Both competitions explored the ability of building information modelling technology in designing healthier residential living spaces, and were aimed at individuals and medium-sized architect firms in South Africa. The competitions also set […]

Roadmap to mining interoperability

The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) has identified interoperability as a priority industry initiative for mining, and set out to create a universal roadmap to interoperability. Interoperability overlaps and impacts other industry subject matter and developments such as data, integrated operations, and autonomous mining. The pressing need for a common enabling approach has spawned a […]

Mining simulation centre adds value to the Mandela Mining Precinct

A mining simulation centre based at the Mandela Mining Precinct, at the CSIR in Johannesburg, is set to fast-track South Africa’s mining sector to adopt Industry 4.0 principles as it activates minds for mines. SiMine is aimed at senior executives in the sector, aspiring mining engineers and the youth. It is a purpose-built mining simulation […]

Call for innovation initiative sponsors

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has issued a call for sponsors for its latest innovative interoperability initiative, Testbed 15. The initiative will use current technology trends to improve the way geospatial information is accessed and shared. The OGC Innovation Program provides a venue to advance solutions for modelling, finding, accessing, analysing, and visualising geospatial data […]

Online data portal for Africa

Esri has launched the Africa GeoPortal, a comprehensive cloud-based platform that provides rich content and solutions from Esri and its partners. The geoportal provides access to the company’s popular ArcGIS Online service as well as geographic data and imagery for Africa. The African Union, African Development Bank, other international agencies, nongovernmental organisations (NGO), academia, businesses, […]

Standard to help property professionals address bribery and corruption

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is consulting on a new standard designed to help property professionals and regulated firms address the risks posed by bribery and corruption, money laundering and terrorist financing.  Called the “Countering bribery and corruption, money laundering and terrorist financing Professional Statement”, the draft standard sets out the obligations for […]

Nominees for the map awards

The call for nominees for the OpenStreetMap Awards 2018, which will be presented this July at the State of the Map 2018 conference in Milan has been announced. These are community awards, as nominees and winners are chosen by the community. The awards strive to be a worldwide event for all OpenStreetMap members, including developers, […]

Creating a cartographic body of knowledge

The International Cartographic Association (ICA) sees it as its duty to help educators by defining a body of knowledge for cartography. To do so the association’s executive committee has decided to establish a new working group “Cartographic Body of Knowledge” (CartoBoK) to be chaired by vice-president Lynn Usery, supported by past president Georg Gartner. Further […]

BIM classification system announced

The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) Elemental Class Version 1– a BIM classification system – has been developed for architects to organise or tag elements and objects for construction requirements, products and activities. The classification system is derived from the ASAQS Guide to Elemental Cost Estimating 2016. This is a significant step forward for […]

Report: Poor land use costs countries 9% equivalent of their GDP

The global economy will lose approximately $23-trillion by 2050 through land degradation, a review by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) warns. To take urgent action now and halt these alarming trends would cost $4,6-trillion, which is only a fraction of the predicted losses. The outcomes of the review have been assembled into […]