Reviving pre-1994 historic address maps for Soweto

  by Nic Klopper, 1Map Spatial Solutions Sometimes radical out-of-the-box thinking is called for when faced with seemingly insurmountable problems. Reconstructing accurate address maps for Soweto – many years after they had been destroyed – was one such challenge. Utility companies were contracted by the City of Joburg to install and maintain utilities in Soweto. […]

Large format printing solution for mining group

  by Jana van Vuuren, Azero Avenue The Anglo American Group of Mines’ survey and drafting offices faced printing production challenges such as large file sizes clogging networks, limited file support, inconsistent and non-standardised equipment, outdated equipment, and employees moving around within the company’s portfolio. A decision was made to standardise on HP’s large format […]

GIS and its role at the Electoral Commission

  by Clare van Zwieten, EE Publishers GIS plays an important role in enabling the Electoral Commission to fulfil its mandate to impartially manage free and fair elections at all levels of government. This article looks at the role played by the GIS Unit at the Electoral Commission in preparing for the upcoming national and […]

Video: Hydro surveying solutions for sludge dam monitoring

by Pierre Potgieter, EE Publishers Hydro surveying of mine sludge dams has become necessary due to increasing levels of mine waste, stricter environmental regulations and a growing demand for more data for efficient mine management. AngloGold Ashanti’s 2004 Report to Society states that there are more than 270 tailings dams, covering roughly 400 km2 on […]

Runway construction at a live airport

by John Wallace, Topcon Ask any contractor: there is probably not a construction project that doesn’t need to be completed yesterday from the customer’s perspective. Overlay that expectation with the added challenge of working on a live airport, and things need to move into warp speed. The team was working on a live airport, Akron […]

Creating a national online GIS repository

  Information from 1Map Spatial Solutions GIS is indispensable in planning, management and many engineering, design and property related industries. The state invests vast amounts of money to have the data captured and aerial photos flown. Despite the fact that the data in source format is available at minimal cost and, in certain instances, for […]

Mobile scanning for stockpile volume reporting

by André Oberholzer, EPA Survey The versatility and speed of mobile lidar scanning as well as its ability to survey large and difficult areas has seen the technology being used extensively on mines for stockpile volume reporting. This article compares mobile laser scanning with conventional methods and highlights the advantages of employing a mobile lidar […]

Satellite for early fire detection

by Robert Sanders, University of California As firefighters emerge from another record wildfire season in the Western United States, University of California, Berkeley, scientists believe it is time to give them a 21st century tool: a fire-spotting satellite. Such a satellite could view the Western states almost continuously, snapping pictures of the ground every few […]

Using geospatial analysis to support targeted sales strategies

by Judy Cronje and Chris Davies, TNS TNS South Africa, one of the world’s largest insight, information and consultancy groups, was recently approached by a prominent South African business to investigate the purchase specific incidence of their product versus that of their competitor to gain insight into areas where marketing could be more impactful. A […]

A pro-poor land adjudication procedure for communal land

  by Edward Kurwakumire, Tshwane University of Technology Current studies within the land administration domain require that all sorts of rights whether formal or informal be registered. This is in line with pro-poor land management practices in which the poor and people dwelling in communal areas are often excluded from the formal land administration system. […]