IMSSA North West mine surveyors meet at Dikholo

June 27th, 2014, Published in Articles: PositionIT


The North West branch of the Institute of Mine Surveyors of South Africa (IMSSA) held a branch meeting at Dikholo near Brits. Committee chairman Paul Hislop welcomed the 84 delegates and informed the members that the branch would meet its target for the year despite the difficulty in communicating with members during the mining strike. He also advised the meeting that the branch is working on transformation and that these efforts are bearing fruit.

IMSSA North West Branch Committee

Sybrandt Byleveldt, Sifiso Mdakane, Paul Hislop, Rampie Smit, Ben Maseko, Jacques Labuschagne, Joe Molokoane, and Coenie Pretorius.

Council feedback included the news that the University of Johannesburg’s National Diploma in Minerals Surveying – NDip (Minerals Surveying) and Bachelor of Technology (Baccalaureus Technologiae) Mineral Resource Management have been recommended by the accreditation committee. The National Diploma in Minerals Surveying is a three-year programme and is offered on a semester basis, with intakes in January and July, while the BTech degree involves a minimum of one year’s study and is offered on a semester basis.

During the course of the meeting, a call was made for a new member to join the committee. Ben Maseko accepted his nomination and was welcomed to the North West branch committee. It was also announced that the IMSSA AGM is scheduled for 11 and 12 September 2014 in Cullinan and that additional details will be released at a future date.

Delegates were informed that work has started on the updating of CD Storrar’s book, South African Mine Valuation. Colin Bennett, who is handling the update, is adding a section on diamonds and has called for volunteers to provide additional information on other mineral resources.

The branch meeting was sponsored by Geosense, Aciel Geomatics and Esri South Africa whose representatives conducted  informative presentations relating to the work of mine surveyors.

Percy Bouwer from aerial surveying company Geosense gave an overview of his company’s lidar survey equipment and outlined the various services and products that they offer to the mining industry. He also revealed that Geosense has recently acquired ProMap. Johan Erasmus from Aciel Geomatics spoke about image stations, scan stations and multi-stations providing an overview of each sensor’s workflow as well as a basic analysis of the sensors’ pros and cons. Charl Retief spoke about ArcGIS for Mining and about how his company, Esri South Africa, is working to add value to the mining sector. He explained that ArcGIS for mining aims to erase boundaries on mines by enabling everyone to use maps to communicate their needs.

The next meeting of the North West branch will be held on 3 October 2014 and will be sponsored by Sitech and IQ Laser.

For further photos from the meeting, click here.


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