Enhancing asset management at eThekwini Electricity

  eThekwini Municipality’s integrated development plan includes a quality living environment programme. Asset management is included in this programme. The integrated asset management plan includes the management of electricity, water and sanitation, roads, transport, parks and leisure, stormwater, solid waste and property and buildings assets. The British Standards Institute’s Publically Available Specification 55 and the […]

Using GPS data to characterise driving patterns and fuel use

  by Prof. Christo Venter and Prof. Johan Joubert, University of Pretoria The use of global positioning system (GPS) technologies for collecting travel data is growing rapidly throughout the world. As GPS technologies improve, a number of shifts are occurring in their application. Data collection periods are also increasing beyond the traditional one-day survey, as […]

GNSS‐based solution for material flow control and landfill management

  by Peter Rausch, Nuremberg Institute of Technology;  Fritz Schreiber, University of Applied Sciences, Coburg; and Michael Diegelmann, Rosenheim Material Flow Control and Landfill Management (MFCLM) is one of the most challenging tasks for the construction industry and logistics services. Especially in times of global competition, an increasing need for transparency and the management of […]

Video: Hydro surveying solutions for sludge dam monitoring

by Pierre Potgieter, EE Publishers Hydro surveying of mine sludge dams has become necessary due to increasing levels of mine waste, stricter environmental regulations and a growing demand for more data for efficient mine management. AngloGold Ashanti’s 2004 Report to Society states that there are more than 270 tailings dams, covering roughly 400 km2 on […]

Using geospatial analysis to support targeted sales strategies

by Judy Cronje and Chris Davies, TNS TNS South Africa, one of the world’s largest insight, information and consultancy groups, was recently approached by a prominent South African business to investigate the purchase specific incidence of their product versus that of their competitor to gain insight into areas where marketing could be more impactful. A […]

GNSS applications for agricultural practices

by Guy Blanchard Ikokou, University of Cape Town   Global positioning systems are relatively new technologies when it comes to applications in agriculture. Applications in tractor guidance, variable rate supply of chemical inputs and field monitoring of crop yield were recently tested using GPS. This article studies the basic concepts of GPS as they apply […]

Vehicle tracking trial results for SBAS in South Africa

Information from SANSA The SATSA (SBAS Awareness and Training for South Africa) project was established to facilitate SBAS (satellite based augmentation system) deployment in South Africa by increasing technological navigation capacity in the region. During the course of the project, three trials were conducted to evaluate SBAS applications using a test platform to produce realistic […]