The emergence and development of mobile lidar

  Mobile ground-based lidar was introduced to the South African market in early 2010. With the adoption of the technology many new opportunities presented itself to produce useful products. At first the data output may seem overwhelming to the conventional surveyor, and indeed it is. This paper breaks the process down and shows how this […]

RPAS case study: Dun Laoghaire Harbour topographic survey

  Baseline Surveys is a company with 25 years of experience in the supply of highly accurate geospatial data, such as cadastral, topographic and engineering surveys to commercial and government bodies. In January 2014 Baseline was awarded a contract to survey approximately 1 km2  of Ireland’s Dun Laoghaire town centre and harbour area for the purpose […]

Digital mapping system review

  The A3 Edge camera provides a complete solution together with the A3 LightSpeed Processing System. The latter automatically performs aerial triangulation and produces orthophotos, stereo pairs and DSM from all A3 cameras. This article reviews the applicability of data captured by A3 Edge for nationwide coverage orthophoto generation, mapping and 3D modeling. VisionMap, a […]

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 […]