Articles: PositionIT

Workshop considers local approaches to BIM

The BIM Academy, a training partner of the BIM Institute, hosted a two-day workshop in Pretoria in February, drawing 28 construction professionals including civil engineers, quantity surveyors, technical directors, office managers and planning consultants, CAD specialists and academia. Themed “Enhancing the BIM process for Africa”, the workshop looked at local approaches to implementing building information […]

Spatial statistics and professional registration discussed

The Geo-Information Society of South Africa’s (GISSA) Gauteng branch met on 23 February 2018 in Pretoria to continue the professional registration discussion and share GIS case studies and experiences. The professional registration discussion followed a debate format, with the University of Pretoria director of the Centre for Geoinformation Science, Prof. Serena Coetzee, and City of […]

Creating 3D virtual environment for autonomous vehicles

The Sanborn Map Company set out to demonstrate the accuracy of high definition maps in the context of a 3D reality model of the Silicon Valley area. It generated the 3D reality mesh from aerial oblique imagery of the target area. The company then overlaid the 3D mesh with HD map data that includes a […]

Managing heritage resources in the digital age

The South African Heritage Resources Information System (SAHRIS) online content management system allows South Africans to play a role in the preservation and conservation of their heritage, and offers the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) a way to effectively coordinate the management of heritage resources.  The South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) is the […]

Smart infrastructure: mapping underground utilities

Beneath roads lie complex networks of cables and pipes, but often the owners of these systems don’t know their precise nature or location. Emerging digital technologies could enable the creation of real-time 3D maps of buried utilities – reducing inefficiencies, costs and risks. In recent years, sectors such as communications and the media have been […]

Mapping rockfall sources and deposit areas

Rockfalls are one of the major threats to the viability and liveability in the Alps. To identify areas that are at high risk due to rockfalls, it is important to study historical events and develop spatial models that provide accurate maps of rockfall deposit areas. To study rockfalls it is necessary to validate the results […]

Telematics company launches low-cost insurance

Cartrack, a global fleet management, vehicle tracking and insurance telematics company, has announced growth of more than 85 000 subscribers from 1 September 2017 to15 February, to total over 750 000 subscribers globally. The year-on-year subscriber growth to date is approximately 25%. The company attributes this growth to its investment in operating and distribution capacity, and says […]

Research projects showcased at urban conference

A delegation of eleven Gauteng City Region Observatory (GCRO) researchers attended the ACC International Urban Conference 2018 in Cape Town from 1 to 3 February, where they showcased their research in presentations and panel discussions. Christina Culwick co-ordinated a two-part panel on Just Sustainability around research which explores the complexities around concurrently navigating social justice […]

Mine surveyors discuss future of profession

Mine surveyors from the IMSSA North West branch gathered near Rustenburg for their first meeting of the year, at which they discussed changes that the profession is undergoing. High on the agenda was changes in qualifications, training and technologies. This follows the discontinuation of the Chamber of Mines Certificate, with the last date for registration […]