Training and efficiency focus for annual geo-industry indaba

April 5th, 2016, Published in Articles: PositionIT


Plans are well underway for Geomatics Indaba 2016, the leading geo-industry gathering, which will be held on 2, 3 and 4 August 2016 at Emperors Palace, Ekurhuleni.

Key geomatics industry representatives from across southern Africa will gather to discuss, debate and share knowledge pertaining to the indaba theme of “Geomatics skills and technologies: Growing professionals to secure our future

Siyabonga Mdubeki, Samuel Osei, S’lindi Mhlongo, Nape Mojapelo, Morena Letsosa, Mimi Chauke and Hennie Grobler.

Siyabonga Mdubeki, Samuel Osei, S’lindi Mhlongo, Nape Mojapelo, Morena Letsosa, Mimi Chauke and Hennie Grobler.

The training indaba is hosted by the Geo-Information Society of South Africa (GISSA), the Institute of Mine Surveyors of Southern Africa (IMSSA), the South African Geomatics Institute (SAGI), and EE Publishers.

GISSA chairperson Morena Letsosa says that training will be a strong focus at this year’s Geomatics Indaba. He stresses the importance of focussing on training for geospatial practitioners saying that it can translate into a real-world return on investment. Letsosa states that training is essential in order to enhance the quality of work carried out by the geomatics sector, and to assist in driving effective and efficient management, and monitoring practices using geospatial skills and technologies.

Driving efficiency is going to be a major focus area for the next year or two, as South Africa faces up to the reality of reduced budgets and expenditure in both the private and government sectors.

IMSSA president Dr. Hennie Grobler says that while the outlook for the mining industry remains negative due to depressed commodity prices and ongoing retrenchments, work continues with a focus on core values. The workload of employees will remain the same, or even increase, despite the staff and budget cuts, and efficiency will be key to economic survival. By placing themselves as drivers of this increased efficiency, geomaticians can prove their value, and ensure their employment. In addition, he says that they can also contribute by using their skills and expertise to improve mine safety.

Over 36 exhibition stands have been taken to date and the following companies have shown their support for Geomatics Indaba 2016 and the South African geomatics industry by sponsoring the geomatics gathering:

  • Diamond Sponsor – Topcon
  • Gold Sponsor –  Aciel Geomatics
  • Silver Sponsor – Optron
  • Bronze Sponsor – Esri South Africa

The programme for Geomatics Indaba 2016 features both academic and general paper tracks, as well as training workshops. The call for academic papers has closed and the academic committee has got the peer review process underway. The call for general papers is still open and geo-spatial practitioners across the country are encouraged to submit abstracts before the closing date of 31 April 2016. Interested parties wishing to conduct training workshop are also encouraged to submit abstracts for suggested training workshops before the available slots are all taken.

Contact Clare van Zwieten, Geomatics Indaba, Tel 011 543-7000,

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