Change of date for SA’s geomatics gathering

May 2nd, 2016, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: PositionIT

 

geomatics-indaba-2016-1Due to President Zuma announcing that the local government elections will fall on 3 August 2016, Geomatics Indaba 2016 has been re-scheduled to 12 and 13 September 2016, with a field training day on 14 September 2016.

Following the election day announcement, a variety of options were considered, and it was found that the dates of 12, 13 and 14 Sept 2016 were the best practical option. The Geomatics Indaba Executive Committee apologise most sincerely for any inconvenience this change may have caused.

The theme for Geomatics Indaba 2016 is “Geomatics skills and technologies: Growing professionals to secure our future” and key geomatics industry representatives from across southern Africa will gather to discuss, debate and share knowledge pertaining to this theme. The set-up for this year’s indaba is outlined below:

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Sam Osei, Siyabonga Mdubeki, Mmuso Riba, Hennie Grobler and Clare van Zwieten.

Exhibition setup and early registration: Sunday 11 Sept 2016 at Emperors Palace
Conference and exhibition: Monday and Tuesday 12 and 13 Sept 2016 at Emperors Palace
Training room sessions: Monday and Tuesday 12 and 13 Sept 2016 at Emperors Palace
Field training day: Wednesday 14 September 2016 at venue in Gauteng (TBA)

Geomatics Indaba is an annual industry gathering hosted by the Geo-Information Society of South Africa (GISSA), the Institute of Mine Surveyors of Southern Africa (IMSSA), the South African Geomatics Institute (SAGI), and EE Publishers.

GISSA chairperson Morena Letsosa indicates that training will be a strong focus at this year’s Geomatics Indaba. He believes that training is essential in order to enhance the quality of work carried out by the geomatics sector, and to assist in driving effective and efficient management, and monitoring practices using geospatial skills and technologies.

Driving efficiency is going to be a major focus area for the next year or two, as South Africa faces up to the reality of reduced budgets and expenditure in both the private and government sectors.

IMSSA president Dr. Hennie Grobler says that by placing themselves as drivers of this increased efficiency, geomaticians can prove their value, and ensure their employment. In addition, he says that they can also contribute by using their skills and expertise to improve mine safety.

Geomatics Indaba 2016 has been accredited as an official continuing professional development training event for the South African geospatial industry. Delegates at the conference are eligible to obtain 2 CPD points for their attendance, while presenters of academic papers are eligible for 2 CPD points, and presenters of general papers are eligible for 1 CPD point. A range of training workshops will also be on offer at Geomatics Indaba 2016, and presenters of these workshops are entitled to 1 CPD point as well.

Over 36 exhibition stands have been taken to date and the following companies have shown their support for Geomatics Indaba 2016 and the South African geomatics industry by sponsoring the geomatics gathering:

Diamond Sponsor – Topcon
Gold Sponsor – Aciel Geomatics
Silver Sponsor – Optron
Bronze Sponsor – Esri South Africa

The programme for Geomatics Indaba 2016 features both academic and general paper tracks, as well as training workshops. The call for academic papers has closed and the academic committee has the peer review process underway. The call for general papers is still open and geospatial practitioners across the country are encouraged to submit abstracts.

Interested parties wishing to conduct training workshop are also encouraged to submit abstracts for suggested training workshops before the available slots are all taken.

Contact Clare van Zwieten, Geomatics Indaba, Tel 011 543-7000, clare.vanzwieten@ee.co.za

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