Articles: PositionIT

Latest in open geospatial standards and pilot projects

The last few weeks have been busy for the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), an international consortium that develops publicly available geospatial standards, which has announced a number of initiatives and candidate standards to support interoperable solutions that geo-enable the web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. Borehole and associated data interoperability experiment Interested parties […]

Using unmanned surface vehicles for hydrographic surveying

Hydrographic survey is essential and widely welcomed in the world for economic, security and societal purposes. The question remains how to survey in a safer and faster way. One way to do this is by using unmanned surface vehicle (USV), a type of platform that can carry various kinds of sensors for hydrographic survey. This […]

Considerations for selecting a geocoder

Location is at the heart of key business questions. Geocoding – associating each location-based record with accurate geospatial coordinates – is key to the process. This article looks at choosing a geocoder for business. Business operations are more reliant than ever on location intelligence. Location intelligence is the art and science of analysing the connections […]

Interoperable plant design to optimise production facilities

This article looks at how 3D modelling and isometric generation capabilities were used to revive dated production facilities and enable increased efficiencies within a smaller footprint. The AUD65-million Tanami Expansion Project upgraded throughput for the Tanami gold mine, which is owned and operated by Newmont Tanami in the Northern Territory of Australia. The owner’s goal […]

Precise material management in various conditions

Time-of-flight laser technology offers reliable measurements of a variety of materials in a range of visibility conditions on a conveyor belt. This technology can also be used to monitoring conveyor belts for slippage and uneven loading. The Bulkscan LMS511 from SICK Automation uses time-of-flight laser technology to provide non-contact volume flow measurements on conveyor belts. […]

Surveying Africa’s largest uranium mine

Extra tight deadlines, harsh weather conditions and the biggest uranium mine in Africa – these were the project conditions that met Strydom and Associates in the Namib Desert. Using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the surveyors were able to conduct the needed volumetric measurement over a 15 km2 open pit mine in a single day. […]

Mapping natural woodland burial grounds

To locate individual burial plots with confidence, even when they are covered by trees and plants, as well as plan future burial plot use and manage the site, surveyors were tasked to create an accurate, electronic map of a burial park. Since the 1990s, the concept of woodland burial parks has become increasingly popular. As […]