European GNSS experiences service disruptions

Galileo, the European Union’s satellite navigation system, has been affected by a technical incident related to its ground infrastructure since 11 July 2019. The incident has led to a temporary interruption of the Galileo initial navigation and timing services, with the exception of the Galileo Search and Rescue (SAR) service. The SAR service, used for […]

Report looks at the geospatial market in the AEC industry

The “Geospatial Market in the AEC Industry” report presents a harmonised market of the global construction industry and the critical role of geospatial information and technology in enhancing the efficiency and productivity of the sector. The study presents a comprehensive market of the global architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry and its regional distribution for […]

Call for nominations for the 2019 Sol Katz Award

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation opened nominations for the 2019 Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software (FOSS4G). The award  will be given to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the FOSS4G community. Recipients of the award will have contributed significantly through their activities to advance open source ideals in the geospatial […]

CSIR signs weather-monitoring deal with ports authority

The CSIR recently signed a three-year, multimillion-rand contract with Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) for the maintenance of existing Datawell Waveriders and wind stations at all eight ports. The two organisations hailed the partnership as a significant step towards improving the safety of shipping and port operations. According to the agreement, CSIR technicians will service […]

SA grows capacity in space weather monitoring for global aviation

South Africa is looking to take on a leading role in the international space weather monitoring community, as it moves to become a key provider of space weather information to the global aviation sector for the African region. Based in Hermanus in the Western Cape, the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) facility is the […]

Landsat data to remain free

The US National Geospatial Advisory Committee Landsat Advisory Group has determined that the costs and legalities of changing from a free model to a cost-recovery model will not yield a net profit, and will negatively affect the US commercial remote sensing satellite and value-added industries. They note that “the annual societal benefit of Landsat data […]

Consulting engineers welcome R100-billion seed fund for infrastructure

Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement during his State of the Nation address of the R100-billion seed fund for infrastructure development. Chris Campbell, CESA CEO said, the organisation is hopeful that between the Development Bank of SA (DBSA) and the new Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPW&I) they will ensure […]

SA’s role in global effort to survey earth in a day

In 2005, a father and son surveying-duo from Florida, USA had the idea to unite the surveying world through an online community, www.landsurveyorsunited.com, a community which has grown in numbers over the years and now has almost 15 000 members globally. Sadly, only 24 of those members are South African. Other African countries with land […]

Report explores state and prospects of location-based marketing

Following its 2018 report, location data company Factual has again commissioned Lawless Research to survey location data buyers, with the aim of uncovering trends in location data usage and diving deeper into specific use cases and applications. The company has launched its 2019 Location-Based Marketing Report, which includes the following findings: Location data continues to […]

Construction firm publishes construction cost guide for Africa

Integrated infrastructure delivery company, Aecom, published its 30th edition of Africa Property & Construction Cost Guide 2019/20 in conjunction with its strategic partner, the Bureau of Economic Research (BER) at the University of Stellenbosch. The Cost Guide forms part of the company’s commitment to improving project delivery by conducting research into the broader industry. The […]