TUT’s award ceremony honours achievers

October 5th, 2015, Published in Articles: PositionIT

 

The Department of Geomatics at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)  held their annual award ceremony on 7 September 2015 which was attended by TUT students and staff as well as representatives from the South African Geomatics Institute (SAGI), the Geo-Information Society of South Africa (GISSA), and the wider geomatics industry.

The keynote speaker was the SAGI Young Surveyors’ representative, Corne de Jager, who informed the students that the first chapter of their careers had already started and provided the students with pointers on how to increase their chances of getting a job.

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Award winners, TUT staff and industry representatives.

De Jager advised the students to identify their strengths and to enhance their individual skill sets in order to make themselves irreplaceable to industry. He advised students to market themselves and to make themselves known to the representatives from industry attending the award ceremony. People remember a face, a conversation, he said,  and this helps when they come across your CV. He warned students against allowing themselves to stagnate, advised them to be flexible and creative, and to be on the lookout for new services or products to offer to their clients.

He also recommended that the students maintain their integrity,  set high standards for themselves, and be proud of their work. De Jager explained SAGI’s role in the industry and provided details regarding its in-service training initiative. The names of  TUT’s Top 10 performing students with a need for in-service training will be given to SAGI, he said, and SAGI will then assist the students with drawing up a profile and finding an in-service training appointment.

Addressing the students next was Thandi Msibi from Eskom who spoke about what happens after students graduate and provided insight on the contribution made by geomaticians at Eskom. She outlined the company’s supply chain and asked students to think about where they saw themselves fitting in. Msibi provided details on various surveying technologies – aerial surveying, remote sensing, and lidar – and spoke about the value of a solution-driven approach which involves the creation of value-added products. She asked the students to ask themselves whether they were just going to get a job or whether were going to try and be innovative. Msibi then used the example of a bridge requiring renovation to showcase how various geospatial skills and technologies – orthophotos, 3D modelling, and drones – can be used to provide workable solutions.

Award Name
Optron Award Best Surveying I Theory Kgaogelo Mathabathe Phogole
Eskom Award Best Surveying I Practical Haward Seageng Mashiloane
Afgen Award Best Surveying Theory II Ntho Isaac Motlhoare
HAU Tech Instruments Award Best Surveying Practical II Ignatuis Samukelo Khumalo
Autobuild Africa Award Best Control Surveying Project III Andries Louis Visser
Optron Award Best Surveying Theory III Carol Mphahlele
Bently Systems Award Best Geographic Information Systems III Sibongile Rose Madela
Eskom Award Best Photogrammetry III Omphemetse Johannes Masikane
Eskom Award Best Geographic Information Systems IV Dimakatso Florah Matsaung
Autobuild Africa Award Best Overall Semester 1 Student Johannes Stefanus Smith
SAGI Award Best Overall Semester 1 & 2 Student Pitsi John Kwenaite
VI Instruments Award Best Overall Semester 3 & 4 Student Gift Neo Phaswana
Afgen Award Best Semester 1 & 2 Surveying student Pitsi John Kwenaite
EE Publishers Award Best Communication in Geomatics Khukhwane Dorcus Segooa
GISSA Excellence Award for Mapping (Stereo Mapping III) Carol Mphahlele
VI Instruments Award Best Cadastral Surveying III Nelisiwe Busisiwe Mafela
Philisiwe Widney Magagula
Keith W. Young Award Best Computer Application III Monty Banyini
AAM Geomatics Award Best Overall Semester 3 student Carol Mphahlele
Eskom Best graduate NDip Surveying student Derick Badenhorst
TUT Excellence Award Best graduate BTech Surveying Student Nhlalenhle Celani Ngwane

The co-ordinator for the ceremony Edward Kurwakumire and the Acting head of department, Mr NK Neluembeni, thanked the sponsors for their support and warned the students that having a degree, does not necessarily mean that they are competent. Neluembeni also advised the students to familiarise themselves with SAGI and GISSA, and to join a professional body in order to facilitate the development of their professional careers.

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