PositionIT Inbox, March 2014

  This month’s letters focus on trig beacon maintenance, the Legal Metrology Bill, and Project Vulindlela. Send your letters to: positionit@ee.co.za Our winning letter re: Trig beacons – erosion of a valuable asset Dear Editor The Chief Directorate: National Geospatial Information (CD:NGI) is, amongst others, mandated, through the Land Survey Act (Act 8 of 1997), […]

The economic value of surveying and GNSS positioning services

  by Chris Kirchhoff, Kirchhoff Surveyors For those questioning the economic value of surveying and particularly GNNS positioning services the Australian Government has prepared reports on the economic benefits which highlight the value of both augmented GNSS services but more importantly the critical role that positioning services and specifically surveying or geomatics play in the […]

SA should look to China for sustainable rail solutions

  by Bruce Evans, GIBB Railway development in China over the past 25 years provides ample examples of what can be achieved when it comes to modern railways. Some aspects of China’s railway solutions could be applicable to South Africa and are worth considering in particular for a new Durban-Gauteng high-standard, standard-gauge railway. China has […]

Zuma orders investigation into Project Vulindlela

  by Clare van Zwieten, EE Publishers President Zuma has issued a proclamation calling on the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR), the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) and its service providers for alleged fraud, corruption and maladministration relating to the e-cadastre project, also known as […]

PositionIT Buyers’ Guide 2014

  The PositionIT GIS and Surveying Buyers’ Guide for 2014 provides a comprehensive listing of products, services  and solutions.   Download the PDF

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Letters to the editor expressing views, comment and opinion on relevant topics, and or responding to articles or letters previously published, are welcome and highly valued. Send your letter to the editor either by completing and submitting the form below, or simply email your letter to the editor of PositionIT at positionit@ee.co.za. Letters should be […]

PositionIT Inbox, Jan/Feb 2014

  This month’s letters focus on trig beacon maintenance, the Legal Metrology Bill, and the passing of Madiba. Send your letters to: positionit@ee.co.za Our winning letter! re: Trig beacon maintenance Having read Tony Vroom’s article on the subject of trig beacons in the Nov/Dec 2013 issue of PositionIT, I’d like to add my bit. I […]

Utilising BIM to its full capacity

  Information from Aurecon Building Information Modelling (BIM) is advancing so rapidly that it tends to leave a trail of buzzwords and misconceptions in its wake. In this article,Aurecon’s Stephen Logan (Competency Leader for Building Sciences), Quentin Jackson (Service Leader for Environmental Modelling), and John Hainsworth, who heads the BIM team within the Aurecon Building […]

PositionIT Inbox, Nov/Dec 2013

This month’s winning letter focuses on South Africa’s trig beacon network and how this national assest is being eroded due to lack of maintenance and vandalism…. Please download the PDF

Disputed land

Review by Lindsay Braun, University of Oregon The centrality of the land question to popular metrics about the fulfilment of promises – or the realisation of fears – regarding post-1994 South Africa is probably so familiar to readers of PositionIT that it approaches banality to point it out. The publication of an English version of […]