Top 10 ways to use GIS in retail banking

  This article describes key applications of geographic information systems that major banking corporations pursue at a head office level. The information is also applicable in most cases to other organisations operating a large number of retail outlets. It was not that long ago that I would be asked regularly at events focused on geographic […]

First images from SPOT 7

The SPOT 7 Earth observation satellite, designed and built by Airbus Defence and Space (DS), was successfully launched on 30 June 2014 and has started a 3-month in-orbit testing phase before its images are made commercially available. A mere three days after its launch, SPOT 7 delivered its first images of the Earth. At 9:52, Indian […]

The emergence and development of mobile lidar

  Mobile ground-based lidar was introduced to the South African market in early 2010. With the adoption of the technology many new opportunities presented itself to produce useful products. At first the data output may seem overwhelming to the conventional surveyor, and indeed it is. This paper breaks the process down and shows how this […]

Light pollution in South Africa: 2011 versus 2001

  This article outlines how artificial skyglow, also known as light pollution, is modelled using Census 2001 and Census 2011 population data. Light pollution is defined as “any adverse effect of artificial light including skyglow, glare, light trespass, light clutter, decreased visibility at night, and energy waste” [1]. This work, illustrated here, is a follow-up […]