SASGI 2013: Surveying and geomatics event of the year

July 28th, 2013, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: PositionIT

The South African Surveying and Geomatics Indaba 2013 (SASGI 2013) was a great success. The conference which focused on “Geospatial Solutions for National Development Planning” was opened by the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti, and the Chief Surveyor-General of South Africa, Mmuso Riba. Around 600 delegates attended SASGI 2013 and there were an additional 500 non-paying walk-in viewers who specifically came to wander through the exhibition area and familiarise themselves with the latest technology and products available to the South African geospatial industry.

SASGI 2013, which was organised by the South African Geomatics Institute (SAGI) and EE Publishers, was held from 23 to 24 July 2013 at Emperors Palace in Ekurhuleni. Plenary sessions started and ended each day’s proceedings with keynote speakers Geoff Zeiss (Between the Poles), Trevor Ventor (Optron), Roger Haagmans (European Space Agency), Michael Barry (University of Calgary) and Rob Mahoney (RICS) giving impressive and eye-opening presentations.

Some interesting debates were generated by four panel discussions focusing on the following topics: South Africa’s Spatial Data Infrastructure: furthering the goals of the National Development Plan; Geospatial technologies and their role in a changing mining environment; Using geospatial tools and technology for infrastructure development; and Towards a sustainable rural cadastre. In addition, a total of 40 papers were presented at SASGI 2013 providing an interesting insight into the crucial work being carried out by geospatial experts across a range of government departments and businesses.

Sponsorship for this prestigious geospatial event was provided by Optron (Diamond Sponsor), TGIS (Platinum Sponsor), Epson (Gold Sponsor) and Southern Mapping (Silver Sponsor). In addition SASGI 2013 was supported and endorsed by the following professional institutes and organisations: the South African Council for Professional and Technical Surveyors (PLATO), the Geo-Information Society of South Africa (GISSA) and the Institute of Mine Surveyors of South Africa (IMSSA). Support and endorsement of the conference was also provided by the University of Johannesburg, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the University of Stellenbosch, Mangosuthu University of Technology, and Tshwane University of Technology.

To view the SASGI 2013 Proceedings: click here

Contact Clare van Zwieten, EE Publishers, Tel 011 543-7000,
clare.vanzwieten@ee.co.za

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