Archive for July, 2012

Temperature switch with a longer temperature sensor

Ifm Electronic’s TK temperature switch is available in five versions, with a temperature setting range between -25˚C and +140˚C.  Each version has either two separate switch points with fixed hysteresis or adjustable set and reset points. The original 25 mm length probes have now been joined by a 255 mm long probe for awkward corners. […]

The impact of control

A single innovative instrument can improve the performance of the production assets in one part of your processing plant or field. A whole group of innovative instruments can positively impact your entire enterprise. Foxboro instrumentation innovations are allied with Invensys brands for systems, software and services. Since its inception in 1908, the company’s technological innovations […]


by Gerhard Greeff and Ben de Klerk, Bytes System Integration Will cloud work for manufacturing? Will plants accept cloud-based applications? Is cloud just a vendor-driven fad? Please download the pdf

Ordnance Survey sets up international mapping agency

Steven Ramage Ordnance Survey is launching a new international service to help other countries around the world untap the multi-million rand potential of accurate geographic information (GI). The national mapping agency of Great Britain stands at the forefront globally of advances in geospatial management. And now, supporting the government’s drive to share and promote the […]

Vector Inbox

Our winning letter this month addresses Clause 5.6 of the Electrical Installation Regulations, 2009   Download the following pdf

Response from the PLATO President

This month’s PositionIT Inbox features a letter from Dr. Mark Norris-Rogers on the PLATO CPD programme and a response from PLATO President Paul Marshall. Please download the PDF

Surprises from cellphone usage research

by Hans van de Groenendaal The Mobility 2012 research study, conducted by World Wide Worx with the backing of First National Bank, revealed some interesting trends both in terms of cellphone banking and general use of cellphones. The Mobility 2012 project comprises two reports, The Mobile Consumer in SA 2012, detailing cellphone usage and banking […]

Modern geomatics at Tshwane University of Technology

In the final years of the twentieth century, learning was largely reliant on the ability to find, evaluate, present and utilise information. Surveyors spend years learning how to acquire spatial information about the Earth, calculating volumes and areas using basic calculators, portraying this spatial information as maps, charts and aerial photogrammetry while contributing towards decision-making […]

Geomatics research at the University of Cape Town

The Division of Geomatics at the University of Cape Town presently has five full-time academic staff assisted by part-time lecturing staff members. There are also four members of staff providing essential technical and administrative support and three full-time research assistants are associated with the Zamani Project. Please download the PDF

Research at Cape Peninsula University of Technology

The Surveying section of the Department of Civil Engineering and Surveying at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) offers two undergraduate qualifications, a diploma in Surveying and a diploma in GISc. The diploma in GISc is a new qualification, and CPUT is the first and only (at this stage) University of Technology to be […]