Smart infrastructure: mapping underground utilities

Beneath roads lie complex networks of cables and pipes, but often the owners of these systems don’t know their precise nature or location. Emerging digital technologies could enable the creation of real-time 3D maps of buried utilities – reducing inefficiencies, costs and risks. In recent years, sectors such as communications and the media have been […]

Mapping rockfall sources and deposit areas

Rockfalls are one of the major threats to the viability and liveability in the Alps. To identify areas that are at high risk due to rockfalls, it is important to study historical events and develop spatial models that provide accurate maps of rockfall deposit areas. To study rockfalls it is necessary to validate the results […]

Addressing shortcomings of land tenure reform in customary land rights

Despite over two decades of intervention, land reform in South Africa is failing [1; 2]. The failure of land reform is attributed to an inappropriate logic of land reform [2], which we link to differences in how land is understood, giving rise to application of inappropriate theory for the context [3, 4]. For land reform […]

Using drones to map land ownership in Kenya

Mapping land boundaries is an important way to boost a country’s economic growth and development. It contributes towards better security of land ownership, allows land owners to get bank loans and helps governments to tax owners correctly. Unfortunately, in most African countries only about 30% of the land boundaries have been mapped. Mapping is done […]