New appointments at international geospatial council

The World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) appointed a new president and treasurer for the 2019 – 2020 term at its AGM in April 2019. Ronald Bisio, senior vice president of Geospatial at Trimble, was elected as the new president, while John Renard from Cyient has been appointed as the new treasurer. Bisio supported WGIC activities […]

New projection and cartesian coordinate system put on hold

Following a call for comments on the proposed new projection and new cartesian coordinate system for the South African spatial referencing system, the Chief Directorate: National Geospatial Information (NGI) said comments has not resulted in a clear way forward at this stage. The NGI received a good response, which it has reviewed and for which […]

WGIC and UNSD collaboration strengthens global geo-info ecosystem

The World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), Secretariat for the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), signed an agreement to collaborate and work towards demonstrating the comprehensive value and utility of geospatial knowledge and data systems as core enablers for attainment of the global […]

Workshop discusses National Spatial Development Framework

The Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR), Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, hosted the National Spatial Development Framework (NSDF) Indaba on 12 April 2019 at Gallagher Estate, Midrand under the theme: “Moving South Africa forward, towards the desired Spatial Future”. Addressing the delegates, she said that spatial planning is important in a young democracy. “As a […]

New guide to green building costs and trends

The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) and the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology recently launched the 2019 edition of Green Building in South Africa: Guide to Costs & Trends. It provides trends and valuable insights about the influence […]

SAR handbook for forest monitoring and biomass estimation

The SAR Handbook: Comprehensive Methodologies for Forest Monitoring and Biomass Estimation is the culmination of a two-year collaboration between NASA, Servir and SilvaCarbon. The book can downloaded free of charge in its entirety, or explored as individual chapters, trainings and one-pager quick reference guides which highlight key concepts derived from the book. Five trainings, led […]

NOAA celebrates 25 years of developing climate services in Africa

Twenty five years ago Africa was faced with severe drought, resulting in famine across the continent and challenges for governments as they struggled to cope with the disaster. In response, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center (CPC) pioneered the African Desk – a US contribution to the World Meteorological Organization […]

Digital farming’s inroads into South African agriculture

Farmers, investors and entrepreneurs in agriculture are not new to digital technology, but the recent NAMPO Harvest Day trade show held this week in Bothaville, Free State, indicates how advanced and popular these solutions have become. The term “precision farming” describes the important role that geospatial technologies such as GNSS and satellite imagery play in […]

Release of ethics guidelines for trustworthy AI

In April, the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence presented their ethics guidelines for trustworthy artificial intelligence. This follows the publication of the guidelines’ first draft in December 2018 on which more than 500 comments were received through an open consultation. According to the guidelines, trustworthy artificial intelligence should be: Lawful – respecting […]

SA joins global project on fourth industrial revolution

South Africa and the World Economic Forum (WEF) have signed an accord to establish an affiliate centre of the WEF’s Fourth Industrial Revolution Centre (C4IR). The WEF established the C4IR in San Francisco in the USA in March 2017, as a hub for global, multi-stakeholder cooperation to develop policy frameworks and advance collaborations that accelerate […]