Multiple appointments of mine surveyors a risky business

  The increasing trend in recent years to appoint mine surveyors to positions of responsibility over multiple mines is potentially hazardous for personnel working on those mines and is hastening the demise of the mine surveying profession just as it is most needed. In terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act of 1996 (MHSA) […]

The waiting continues: UAS interim regulations expected in 2015

  The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has undertaken to have its unmanned aerial systems (UAS) interim guidance document ready before the end of March 2015. The interim guidance document is intended to be a provisional solution enabling restricted operational approval of UAS on a case-by-case basis, until maturity is attained by both the […]

Augmented reality as a workplace tool

  Although the adoption of augmented reality (AR) in the enterprise is still in its infancy, AR technology has matured to a point where organisations can use it as an internal tool to complement and enhance business processes, workflows and employee training. According to research and advisory company Gartner, AR facilitates business innovation by enabling […]

The role of engineers and the technical media in civil society

  This paper was presented on 6 April 2014 by Chris Yelland, managing director at EE Publishers, at the Civilution Congress 2014 held at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa, from 6 to 8 April 2014. Background to the prevailing environment First some background on the prevailing environment in which we find ourselves as engineers […]