Online tool to simplify environmental sensitivity screening

The National Web based Environmental Screening Tool developed by the Department of Environmental Affairs aims is to provide users with readily available spatial datasets to fast track the environmental assessment process by providing timeous reports with less frustration. In November 2015 the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) embarked on the development of a “National Web […]

A crash course in AI-driven object detection

Almost every day we hear we can use the superpowers of artificial intelligence (AI) to make work easier, to automate routine tasks, to speed up workflows, increase accuracy and make more money. But what if you are not a machine learning expert? This quick guide outlines the basics of how AI-driven object detection works, and […]

GIS and BIM integration will transform construction

An unfortunate fact of the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry is that, between every stage of the process, from planning and design to construction and operations, critical data is lost. GIS and BIM integration is about to change that. The reality is, when you move data between phases of, say, the usable lifecycle of […]

Interoperable plant design to optimise production facilities

This article looks at how 3D modelling and isometric generation capabilities were used to revive dated production facilities and enable increased efficiencies within a smaller footprint. The AUD65-million Tanami Expansion Project upgraded throughput for the Tanami gold mine, which is owned and operated by Newmont Tanami in the Northern Territory of Australia. The owner’s goal […]

Multidimensional poverty mapping of the Gauteng City Region

Following the Gauteng City Region Observatory’s (GCRO) earlier multidimensional poverty map based on 2013 data, this article presents an update based on Quality of Life Survey IV (2015/16) survey data to show how a multidimensional poverty map of the Gauteng City Region was created. Poverty is often measured in terms of income. An alternative approach […]

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 […]