Feedback from FIG Working Week 2019

The FIG Working Week and General Assembly took place in Hanoi, Vietnam from 22 to 26 April 2019, with almost 1000 attendees from 90 countries. The first general assembly had 58 member associations present and around 250 delegates, while the second had 56 member association and around 300 delegates. One new member association, the American […]

Mine surveyors discuss qualifications and regulations

The Institute of Mine Surveyors of South Africa’s (IMSSA) Mpumalanga Branch meeting was held at the Cullinan Destiny Lodge, Cullinan on 17 May 2019 and was attended by 56 members. Dennis Rae from the Minerals Council South Africa informed members that the planned phasing out of the Chamber of Mines exams has been postponed indefinitely […]

CSIR sets its focus on public-private sector collaboration

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is working closely with private sector and innovation partners in developing and localising technologies to support the advancement of industries in South Africa. The organisation has recently finalised its new strategy, which aims to leverage its strong science, engineering and technology capabilities to respond to industrial development […]

Summit to focus on African urban development

The spotlight will be on Africa and its urban development this week as more than 250 executives and professionals in the built environment sector are set to attend the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Summit Africa event in Sandton Central, Johannesburg. The summit will kicks off with a technical building tour, sponsored by AECOM […]

New open mining format under development

The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) is developing Version 2.0 of the Open Mining Format (OMF), an open-source file specification for 3D data interoperability. Mining requires a wide range of spatial data and new technologies are adding to the complexity. While these changes create better representations of geological phenomena, moving complex data between proprietary software […]

Global drone market forecast up to 2025

In April, Research and Markets published its report Drone service market application (aerial photography, data acquisition and analytics), industry (infrastructure, media and entertainment, agriculture), type (drone platform service, drone MRO, drone training) solution, region – Global Forecast to 2025. The market study covers the drone services market across segments. It aims at estimating the market […]

CBE update on the identification of work

Adv. Pieter Fourie updated the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) Board on the latest developments and progress on the identification of work and the publication of guideline fees. Two previous updates (on 28 September and 14 December 2018) alluded to a new approach to identification of work, further engagement with the Competition Commission […]

EU backs business incubator and projects to boost SA space industry

European Space Agency representatives joined SANSA for a workshop in Hermanus in January 2019. The goal of the workshop was to define joint projects that would be beneficial to both agencies. One such potential project is a ESA/SANSA business centre to support the development of downstream applications within the space industry, to be hosted at […]

Satellites to measure sea-level under construction

Taking measurements of the height of the sea surface is essential to monitoring sea level rise – and the Copernicus Sentinel-6 mission is on the way to do just this. The mission will be a constellation of two identical satellites that are launched sequentially. Over the next decade, the Copernicus Sentinel-6A and then Sentinel-6B satellites […]