Report looks at drivers of consumer behavioural change

The seventh annual Looking Further with Ford Trends Report takes a look into the drivers of behavioural change, specifically uncovering the dynamic relationships consumers have with the shifting landscape of technology. Ford focuses on global trends to understand how consumers are changing and how companies must respond. In a global survey of 14 countries, Ford’s […]

Making full use of the digital twin

On typical construction projects, a great deal of information is produced. A common challenge is that the information generated is often unstructured, poorly coordinated and difficult to find. The resultant inefficiency is estimated to add an extra 20% to 25% to the cost of delivering the projects. Fundamental to achieving a successful project is controlled […]

Spatial variation of political attitudes in the Gauteng City Region

This article is short analyses who in the Gauteng City Region agrees with this statement that “Politics is a waste of time”, and draws on responses from the GCRO’s 2017/18 Quality of Life V survey. In the build up to the national and provincial elections on 8 May 2019 there has been much public debate […]

PositionIT Inbox, Jan/Feb 2019

Winning letter Re: Professional recognition Dear Editor There is a trend among professionals that is jeopardising their very existence. A profession only has value where it is recognised. As with other professions, the geomatics profession is recognised in law with work reserved, albeit limited to all but cadastral work for land surveying, with a penalty […]

Spectrum is crucial for space-based earth observation

Climate change and growing exploitation of the earth’s natural resources is leading to a range of environmental problems that require international action. If humanity is going to respond effectively, many of the solutions will be informed by global monitoring of the environment, including the use of space assets. Indeed, space sensing observation is essential to […]

South Africa’s space industry needs drastic shake-up

The South African space industry is in need of a drastic shake-up, otherwise the country will miss out on the Fourth Industrial Revolution now driving economies worldwide. Lack of funding and the fact the country’s space industry is not operating in a coordinated manner could be to blame. This was the message that the Department […]

Change management is integral to project success

As a project owner you put your head on a block when driving an initiative, owning the opportunities and risks related to the outcome, and taking overall accountability that the project delivers the agreed business benefits within budget. The successful delivery of the project does not however mean that this risk is mitigated. Only once […]

A brave new world for software developers

Software developers are in the enviable position of having the power to shape the future. It’s an exciting time to be in the industry, but also a time for reflection on the ethics and responsibilities of software development. Developers today are in a privileged position. As software becomes increasingly crucial in business and daily life, […]

Why giving South Africans title deeds isn’t the panacea for land reform

The land reform debate in South Africa has become increasingly polarised since Parliament resolved to consider amending the country’s Constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation. But the slow pace of land reform – a process that aims to address the dispossession of the previously oppressed black majority – will not be solved by amending the Constitution. That is […]