Geodesy specialist joins Umvoto

Richard Wonnacott, a geodesy specialist, has joined water, energy and earth sciences consultancy Umvoto Africa. Wonnacott spent much of his career with the Chief Directorate: National Geo-spatial information and Directorate of Survey Services. His extensive expertise in geodetic surveying was gained on several major projects, such as the preparation, observation and computation of primary triangulation control […]

Malaysia hosts FIG International Congress 2014

FIG’s quadrennial International Congress and General Assembly takes places this year from 16 to 21 June at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, in Malaysia, with the theme “Engaging the challenges, enhancing the relevance”. The 2014 FIG Congress is jointly organised by FIG and the Association of Authorized Land Surveyors Malaysia (PEJUTA). Surveying and land professionals […]

CESA calls for investigation into the abuse of Section 32

Following complaints from its member firms, Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) has noted with concern the abuse of Section 32 of the Municipal Finance Management Act and called on the Auditor General, National Treasury and the Public Protector to investigate the deviations. Section 32 deals with procurement of goods and services under contracts secured by […]

Workshop profiles SPOT 6 imagery projects

  SANSA and the geo-information division of Astrium Services held a two-day workshop in Pretoria on 21 and 22 November 2013 to showcase a range of projects demonstrating how Spot 6 imagery is being used to support public sector planning and delivery. The aim of the workshop was to demonstrate potential applications of SPOT 6 […]

Western Cape Symposium highlights geospatial initiatives

  With the backing of the Western Cape Government, the Western Cape Spatial Information Forum (WCSIF) held its first day-long symposium at the Strand Towers Hotel on 14 November 2013. The symposium was attended by 111 delegates from national, provincial and local government, as well as parastatal and tertiary institutions. WCSIF chairperson, Jacques du Preez, […]

Top keynote speakers for AfricaGEO 2014

  This year’s AfricaGEO conference, to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 1 to 3 July, has an compelling list of keynote speakers to speak on the theme of “Developing geomatics in Africa”. The second AfricaGEO conference is organised by the South African Geomatics Association, and keynote speakers at the event […]

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From the Plato Act to the Geomatics Profession Act

  by Paul Marshall, Plato For the past nine years the “new Bill” has been hovering over the Geomatics industry. This has put many things on hold pending the enactment of the Geomatics Profession Act. Well now, for better or worse, it is a reality. The Act was signed off by the president in early […]

South African Council for Professional and Technical Surveyors 2013

    The Plato Council held its 30th Annual Meeting at the Palm Dunes Hotel in Blythedale, KwaZulu Natal on 7 and 8 October 2013. This meeting was significant for two reasons, firstly it was the thirtieth annual meeting since the commencement of the Plato Act in 1984 and secondly, by all accounts, it will […]

Transformation well underway

  The Geomatics Profession Act, 19 of 2013, was promulgated in December 2013. This provides for a process of transformation of the geomatics profession and facilitation of accessibility to the geomatics profession, but this process has been well underway for the geospatial information science branch. In 2013 GISSA placed emphasis on the strengthening of the […]