Urban agenda calls for new skills and technology

In light of the 9th World Urban Forum, attention turns to implementation of the New Urban Agenda. After the frenzy of Habitat 3 (the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development), PwC highlighted that implementing the commitments made in Quito will require new skills and partnerships than the ones that created it. This now feels […]

Above all, be an information professional

Information has long driven business processes and the construction industry is finally realising the value of data and data in large quantities, specifically digital data. Although BIM is not a new concept, it is gaining traction. BIM, of course, doesn’t come without its problems such as file interoperability, data management, sharing and permissions – and […]

The machines are coming. Are you ready?

Revolution is in the air, and it has nothing to do with President Zuma.  Industry disruptors are continuing to head our way in a series of waves; transforming the business world and rocking the comfort zones of established, successful organisations across all business sectors. No-one is immune. Following the enthusiastic embracing of Uber and Airbnb […]

Implications of Industry 4.0 for geospatial professionals

  Technological disrupters are increasingly commonplace and geospatial professionals need to be alert to developments arising from the Internet of Things (IoT) and the arrival of the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0). Growth has been identified by research company, Gartner, as the foremost strategic priority for many businesses over the next two years, and to […]

Balancing the data scales

  The recent elections in France, and not so recently in the US, have exposed how data can be used to influence the results of elections. Companies like Google and Facebook are acquiring massive global repositories of data resources and developing algorithms to analyse and filter data which can then be used by commercial and […]