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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 […]

Young scientists put data to work in solving problems

A group of young data science students could have the answer to help prevent fatalities in South African mines due to seismic activity and rock bursts, with the development of an early warning and monitoring system called “Rock Pulse”. The students are part of a group participating in the Data Science for Impact and Decision […]

Evolution of mine surveying discussed

The IMSSA Mpumalanga Branch meeting took place at the Belle Doné Boutique and Spa in Witbank on 16 February 2018 and was attended by 72 members – notably younger attendees and presenters. Dave Wilson from the University of Johannesburg underlined one of the problems affecting mine survey students, namely practical training, since big mining houses […]

What GDPR means for South African businesses

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is one of the most important changes in data privacy regulation in 20 years. Ross Saunders, the director of global technology services at Cura Software Solutions, shares some need-to-know information for the South African context. The DDPR’s fundamental aim is to protect all EU citizens from privacy and data […]

Cloud-based monitoring of SA’s water resources

Water is a critical and scarce resource in southern Africa and is likely to become even more so as the regional impacts of global climate change become more evident. Being able to accurately and repeatedly monitor available water resources across the entire landscape is a key information requirement for successful water resource management. GeoTerraImage has […]

National aerial imagery quality improved

The Chief Directorate: National Geo-spatial Information (NGI), under the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR), has improved its digital imagery acquisition by changing its resolution from 0,5 m to 0,25 m ground sample distance (GSD). In 2005, NGI noticed a global trend towards digital image acquisition and decided to acquire its imagery using […]

Sustainable land management through smart investments

Thirty percent of all land is degraded, and has lost its true value. Land grabbing and a headlong rush for productive land signals a growing recognition that access to productive land will be crucial for future economic growth, peace and stability. The World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) to be marked worldwide on 17 June […]

Hackathon to test earth observation data processing capabilities

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) upcoming Earth Observation Exploitation Platform Hackathon 2018 will test the readiness of new, interoperable cloud-deployment architectures for processing of earth observation data. The hackathon aims to demonstrate that the Testbed-13 results, described in the consortium’s engineering reports, are fit for purpose. With the reports outlining several options, this hackathon will […]

Addressing shortcomings of land tenure reform in customary land rights

Despite over two decades of intervention, land reform in South Africa is failing [1; 2]. The failure of land reform is attributed to an inappropriate logic of land reform [2], which we link to differences in how land is understood, giving rise to application of inappropriate theory for the context [3, 4]. For land reform […]