Articles: PositionIT

Transport authority established for integrated transport and spatial development

The Gauteng Transport Authority Bill was recently adopted by the Provincial Legislature as a vital step for integrated transport planning and co-ordination of public transport operations across the province. The Transport Authority will cover the Gauteng City Region, involving the provincial department of roads and transport and municipal transport administrations. The authority – currently in […]

Promoting land surveying with a global mapping effort

This week, 16 to 23 June 2019, the global organisation Land Surveyors United is celebrating International Land Surveyors Week. During this week professional land surveyors and surveying students globally celebrate the value of professional land surveyors in society, promote public awareness and introduce careers in surveying to the next generation. There are dedicated days of […]

3D laser scanning workflow overview for newbies

This article looks at  point cloud basics and a workflow which will enable capturing and processing of a 3D laser scan. Laser scanners collect surface data about an object or structure by beaming a laser repeatedly off its surface and plotting points (equivalent to each beam that is emitted) into what is known as a […]

AI accelerates local drones-for-social good solutions

Picterra and the Flying Labs from WeRobotics have announced a new collaboration. Picterra has added an AI-analytic layer to support the Flying Labs in their mission of accelerating and scaling local drones-for-social good solutions in emerging economies. Flying Labs’ members currently work on a broad and diverse range of projects, from helping farmers set property […]

Vineyard map opens doors to global regions

Developed by Consilium Technology in Adelaide, South Australia, the Geospatial Artificial Intelligence for Agriculture (GAIA) analysis algorithm scans high-resolution satellite images of Australia’s wine regions to identify where vineyards are located and how many vine rows are planted. Funded by Wine Australia, the scan replaces the old Australian Bureau of Statistics paper-based sector survey, last […]

Developing an integrated data service ecosystem

For the past year, SAEON’s uLwazi Node has been developing a data services ecosystem and websites for climate change adaptation for the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). Each service serves as an individual component for a different aspect of climate adaptation, including adaptation monitoring and evaluation, climate change response, and detailing disaster impact along with […]

Lidar enables Game of Thrones visual effects

Imaging hardware and software from Teledyne Optech helped enable 3D spatial data acquisition and visual effects for HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones. A team, led by Vektra d.o.o. of Croatia, utilised the company’s light detection and ranging (lidar) technology to create a detailed 3D representation of the old city of Dubrovnik, the model for […]

Report: Extended reality needs responsible design

Having witnessed a five-fold-plus increase in patent registrations since 2014 and over a doubling in investment, extended reality (XR) is gaining momentum rapidly. Yet responsible business approaches are crucial. They also carry the potential to sustain explosive growth in this industry. Waking Up to a New Reality: Building a Responsible Future for Immersive Technologies, a […]

Workshop discusses space resource utilisation of African countries

On 23 and 24 May 2019, a group of space agency, space industry, and academic experts from across Africa, as well as from the United States, Luxembourg, and Japan gathered in Pretoria, South Africa, to discuss  space resources in the context of African space activities and policy. This discussion on space mineral resources was timely […]

Complete point cloud data manipulation software

YellowScan has released its new software, CloudStation, which provides a complete solution to create and manipulate point-cloud data. CloudStation is the new proprietary software developed by YellowScan to generate and visualise your point-clouds. It allows users to extract, process and display data immediately after flight acquisition. The auto-generation of flight lines and the production of […]