Subsea jacket installation

  The offshore installation phase of one of Australia’s largest domestic gas developments was undertaken between October 2010 and June 2012. At over 600 days, this incorporated Fugro’s longest running offshore construction support project in Australia. The multi-billion dollar Kipper Tuna Turrum project lies in the Gippsland Basin off the Victoria coast in Bass Strait. […]

NEM: ICMA and the development of proclaimed fishing harbours

  by Simon van Wyk, Aurecon With the promulgation and enactment of the National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act (NEM: ICMA) on 1 December 2009, a paradigm shift in coastal management has occurred in South Africa. This article aims to address selected sections of the NEM: ICMA, as well as other pertinent marine legislation […]

Using SG data to determine economic activity

  by Julian Williamson, Surveyor General’s Office: Pretoria The purpose of this article is to use the different types of documents that are submitted to the Surveyor Generals’ Offices in the nine provinces of South Africa for examination and approval by the professional land surveyor in terms of the Land Survey Act, 1997 and to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

GOCE mission comes to an end

Information from European Space Agency After nearly tripling its planned lifetime, the Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer – GOCE – has completed its mission and disintegrated on its reentry to Earth’s atmosphere. Dubbed the “Ferrari of space” because of its sleek, aerodynamic design, the European Space Agency’s GOCE has mapped variations in Earth’s […]

Measuring deformation from space

by Davide Colombo, Tele-Rilevamento Europa TRE InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) uses satellite radar imagery to precisely measure ground deformation. TRE developed advanced techniques, PSInSAR and subsequently SqueeSAR, as standard monitoring tools in a number of applications: natural hazards, geothermal, oil and gas, mining, urban and infrastructures monitoring. Thanks to its capability in detecting millimetre […]

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