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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 […]

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 […]

Mine surveyors discuss qualifications and regulations

The Institute of Mine Surveyors of South Africa’s (IMSSA) Mpumalanga Branch meeting was held at the Cullinan Destiny Lodge, Cullinan on 17 May 2019 and was attended by 56 members. Dennis Rae from the Minerals Council South Africa informed members that the planned phasing out of the Chamber of Mines exams has been postponed indefinitely […]

Teams to compete in subterranean mapping challenge

Eleven Systems teams and five Virtual teams have qualified to compete in the DARPA Subterranean Challenge: Tunnel Circuit; additional teams may qualify for Virtual competition until 10 June 2019. The eleven teams from around the world will attempt to remotely map, identify, and report the greatest number of artefacts along the passages of a Pittsburgh […]

Challenge fosters technologies to map, navigate and search underground

Nine teams hailing from four continents gathered in Colorado, US during April 2019 to test autonomous air and ground systems for navigating dark, dangerous, dirty, and unpredictable underground environments. The SubT Integration Exercise, known as STIX, took place at the Colorado School of Mines’ Edgar Experimental Mine. The event provided a test opportunity for competitors […]

New open mining format under development

The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) is developing Version 2.0 of the Open Mining Format (OMF), an open-source file specification for 3D data interoperability. Mining requires a wide range of spatial data and new technologies are adding to their complexity. While these changes create better representations of geological phenomena, moving complex data between proprietary software […]

Global drone market forecast up to 2025

In April, Research and Markets published its report Drone service market application (aerial photography, data acquisition and analytics), industry (infrastructure, media and entertainment, agriculture), type (drone platform service, drone MRO, drone training) solution, region – Global Forecast to 2025. The market study covers the drone services market across segments. It aims at estimating the market […]

Satellites to measure sea-level under construction

Taking measurements of the height of the sea surface is essential to monitoring sea level rise – and the Copernicus Sentinel-6 mission is on the way to do just this. The mission will be a constellation of two identical satellites that are launched sequentially. Over the next decade, the Copernicus Sentinel-6A and then Sentinel-6B satellites […]

New projection and cartesian coordinate system put on hold

Following a call for comments on the proposed new projection and new cartesian coordinate system for the South African spatial referencing system, the Chief Directorate: National Geospatial Information (NGI) said comments has not resulted in a clear way forward at this stage. The NGI received a good response, which it has reviewed and for which […]