SA-GEO “Communities of Practice” workshop

  Humbulani Mudau, Chief Director:  Space Science and Technology at the Department of Science and Technology, opened the South African Group on Earth Observation (SA-GEO) Communities of Practice (CoP) Workshop held at the CSIR Convention Centre on 26 and 27 February 2014. The purpose of the workshop was to facilitate the exchange of information and […]

Mining domain consultant appointed

  Optron has announced the appointment of Alex Bals as its Mining Domain Consultant, on a part-time basis. Bals brings over 29 years of experience in a broad range of roles in the mining industry. He will guide and consult to Optron on its mining industry focus. Bals joins Optron after having been with AngloGold […]

User group focuses on integrated spatial analysis

  Hexagon South Africa’s User Group, held in March and attended by approximately 45 industry people showcased the company’s updated product range, and explained the synergies between Hexagon Geospatial, Leica and Intergraph. Intergraph Systems SA, Leica Geosystems, Aciel Geomatics, Geo Data Design, GeoSpace International, and Hexagon Geospatial jointly hosted the conference. Professor Josef Strobl from […]

Calling young surveyors to join FIG Young Surveyors Network

  Established due to the lack of young professionals within the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), the FIG Young Surveyors Network (FIG YSN) is an international network of young professionals (aged 35 years and under and/or having graduated from a Bachelor or Masters not more than ten years ago). FIG, the parent body of FIG […]

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors focuses on Africa

  Having highlighted Africa as a primary focus, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) global President Elect, Louise Brooke-Smith visited South Africa and Ghana. Brooke-Smith takes up the role of president from 1 July 2014, becoming the first woman president of RICS. With offices in 27 cities around the world and 100 000 qualified […]

User conference focuses on location service mobility

  TomTom Africa and MapIT’s Africa User Conference in February showcased location industry trends and technologies that can be implemented in businesses across various industries. Indoor mapping and location service mobility were prominent themes, with the Ambassador of Kenya in South Africa, Patrick Wamoto, speaking about the importance of mapping and navigation for businesses in […]

Geodesy specialist joins Umvoto

Richard Wonnacott, a geodesy specialist, has joined water, energy and earth sciences consultancy Umvoto Africa. Wonnacott spent much of his career with the Chief Directorate: National Geo-spatial information and Directorate of Survey Services. His extensive expertise in geodetic surveying was gained on several major projects, such as the preparation, observation and computation of primary triangulation control […]

Malaysia hosts FIG International Congress 2014

FIG’s quadrennial International Congress and General Assembly takes places this year from 16 to 21 June at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, in Malaysia, with the theme “Engaging the challenges, enhancing the relevance”. The 2014 FIG Congress is jointly organised by FIG and the Association of Authorized Land Surveyors Malaysia (PEJUTA). Surveying and land professionals […]

CESA calls for investigation into the abuse of Section 32

Following complaints from its member firms, Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) has noted with concern the abuse of Section 32 of the Municipal Finance Management Act and called on the Auditor General, National Treasury and the Public Protector to investigate the deviations. Section 32 deals with procurement of goods and services under contracts secured by […]

Workshop profiles SPOT 6 imagery projects

  SANSA and the geo-information division of Astrium Services held a two-day workshop in Pretoria on 21 and 22 November 2013 to showcase a range of projects demonstrating how Spot 6 imagery is being used to support public sector planning and delivery. The aim of the workshop was to demonstrate potential applications of SPOT 6 […]