Archive for 2012

Aircon order for vehicle mounted mine detection units

Booyco Engineering has received an order for ten air conditioning systems for a batch of new DCD Protected Mobility Husky 2G vehicle mounted mine detection (VMMD) units currently being manufactured for customers in Europe and Eurasia. This follows the company’s development some years ago of a dedicated air conditioning system for these sophisticated home grown vehicles which […]

CHPC is forging ahead

by Hans van de Groenendaal, EngineerIT South Africa is not lagging behind when it comes to the world of supercomputing, and yet is mainly associated with the Square Kilometre Array project and the high volume of data that will need to be analysed. The Centre of High Performance Computing (CHPC), situated in Cape Town, already […]

Harness the power of mapping

DigitalGlobe, provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions, has announced that MapBox (, a provider of open source solutions for designing and publishing maps via the cloud, has chosen DigitalGlobe as their commercial earth imagery provider. With the new MapBox Satellite service, users can incorporate DigitalGlobe’s high-resolution satellite imagery as their maps’ base layer for added […]

Distributed energy storage is the game changer, and renewables drive the economic case

Electricity storage in Europe and other markets with significant intermittent generation may arrive quicker than many in the industry think, thanks to price falls and efficiency improvements in storage technologies, increases in renewable sources being attached to the grid, and record high electricity prices. A high amounts of intermittent energy generation such as wind and […]

Series switches support IEEE 1588v2

Accurate timing and synchronisation is essential to achieving next-generation smart grid technologies for the power industry. Moxa’s PT-7728-PTP series switches, which support the IEEE 1588v2 protocol with hardware time stamping to deliver ns-accurate synchronisation over Ethernet networks, are the newest addition to the PowerTrans series of IEC 61850-3 Ethernet switches. As with all of Moxa’s […]

Enabling direct access to imagery and data

Pictometry International has launched Pictometry Integration for Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 and 2012 products. Users can now seamlessly access high resolution geo-referenced aerial imagery directly within the AutoCAD Civil 3D workspace, enabling them to visualise and take measurements of real-world field environments, helping reduce the need for field visits. Asset data such as transmission […]

Two new videos describing a multi-functional primary test set

Within the space of only a few minutes, two new videos tell the story of Omicron’s powerful multi-functional primary test set, the CPC 100. The first video “Omicron and the CPC 100” shows how the CPC is used by customers worldwide to test major grid components, and it explains the CPC’s ever evolving range of applications. […]

iPad app for accessing aerial imagery

Customers of Pictometry International, the inventor of high-resolution aerial oblique imagery, are now able to access the company’s vast image library from an iPad, with Pictometry Connect Mobile. Available to Pictometry Connect and Pictometry Online customers, the app provides visualisation capabilities of high resolution imagery with a simple interface to navigate, pan and zoom. Users […]

Helping transoceanic flights avoid storms

A new NASA-funded prototype system is providing weather forecasts that can help flights avoid major storms as they travel over remote ocean regions. The eight-hour forecasts of potentially dangerous atmospheric conditions are designed for pilots, air traffic controllers and others involved in transoceanic flights. The NCAR-based system combines satellite data and computer weather models to […]

Extractive industries transparency workshop

Spatial Dimension will be running an Extractive Industries Transparency Workshop immediately following Mining Indaba which is being held in Cape Town in February 2013. The course targets professionals from both private and public organisations that are involved with natural resource management and in particular with contract and revenue reporting for Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) […]