Visual analysis best practices

This article outlines simple techniques for making data visualisation useful and aesthetically pleasing. It does not provide instructions for building visualisations, but provides tips for making visualisations more effective. The difference between a good visualisation and a great one is that a great visualisation helps you understand more about the data more quickly. There are […]

Crowdsourcing the impact of global change on risk and vulnerability

The ability to respond to the impacts of global change on vulnerable populations and assets hinges on the availability of accurate and current information. Through the South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas, SAEON aims to make the research into characterising and understanding global change accessible and usable to policy and decision makers on a local […]

Creating 3D virtual environment for autonomous vehicles

The Sanborn Map Company set out to demonstrate the accuracy of high definition maps in the context of a 3D reality model of the Silicon Valley area. It generated the 3D reality mesh from aerial oblique imagery of the target area. The company then overlaid the 3D mesh with HD map data that includes a […]

Sugar cane monitoring and analysis using remote sensing

There is a need for more reliable and useful information that can aid farmers and various interested and affected stakeholders in optimising their operations. This study employed remote sensing and GIS techniques to monitor sugar cane crop performance and harvesting on the east coast of South Africa. The South African agricultural industry makes a significant […]

Analytical-physical modelling and interoperability propel BIM

The increasing adoption of BIM as the method of choice for conceptual and detailed architectural design has resulted in more elaborate and complex designs than ever before. With this complexity, there is a need for more effective and automated BIM to structural analysis interoperability. As BIM becomes pervasive in all types of engineering projects, structural […]

Cape Town’s water usage map has residents seeing red

The latest weapon in Cape Town’s water saving arsenal is a map that exposes private meter readings to public scrutiny. The initiative has been launched as the city enters the third year of its worst drought on record. Unless residents can cut their daily water use to 50 litres per person, city authorities estimate that […]