PositionIT: Features

Features 2019/2020

PositionIT is an industry magazine for the geospatial and construction sectors.

Published online and in print, PositionIT has four main sections:

  • Geomatics, surveying and measurement
  • ConstructionIT and MiningIT
  • 3D modelling, mapping and visualisation
  • GIS, geospatial data, processing and applications

Each section contains news articles and technical articles – learn more about the type of articles and how to submit articles in our Author’s Guide. Read more about each issue’s main themes below. To advertise in PositionIT, also see our rates.


Geomatics, surveying and measurement: Engineering surveying for construction, harbours, dams, mines, roads, buildings, civil, mechanical and electrical works; associated tools and equipment. Geodetic surveying; deformation monitoring; surveying of geological and natural formations; seismological measurements; surveying of archaeological sites; associated land and construction surveying equipment, systems and services.

ConstructionIT and MiningIT: Software and e-solutions for cost and design management, procurement, capital planning and fund tracking in the mining and construction sectors. Asset optimisation solutions for improved performance, production and cost reduction. CAD design and planning software solutions. Machine control products for agriculture, construction and mining.

3D modelling, mapping and visualisation: Accident scene mapping and 3D accident simulations; 3D spatial modelling and visualisation systems; 3D fly-throughs and augmented and virtual reality platforms; contour modelling; cameras, multimedia data visualisation, presentation systems and techniques; associated products, systems and services.

GIS, geospatial data, processing and applications: Processing of drone (RPAS/UAV) data; interpretation and analysis of captured data; metadata and data archiving; standards and interoperability; geocoding; data scanning; data storage and retrieval; associated hardware and software, systems and services.


Geomatics, surveying and measurement: Satellite and sensor technologies for asset protection and satellite monitoring strategic infrastructure, natural resources, and ocean economy. Remote sensing and geospatial applications for construction, mining, forestry, fisheries and agriculture.

ConstructionIT and MiningIT: Surveying in mines and quarries – surveying for drilling, blasting, and volumes; construction and tunnelling operations; services and solutions for optimising mining operations and railway surveying. Information management and design software and solutions for construction. Mine planning and design software;

3D modelling, mapping and visualisation: Processing and presentation of aerial and satellite images; airborne SAR images; orthophotography and digital photogrammetric technologies; stereoscopic mapping, image correction and enhancement techniques; spatial, image and resolution properties. Automated mapping and collaboration platforms.

GIS, geospatial data, processing and applications: Spatial information management and database software, hardware, systems and services; GIS architecture, performance and system optimisation; GIS for tracking infrastructure development and provision of public services; and GIS for hydrological modelling and water resource management. Crowdsourcing, volunteered geographic information, open data, open source software, standards and interoperability.


Geomatics, surveying and measurement: Drone (RPAS/UAV) and mobile surveying platforms for land, engineering, geophysical, seismic, mine and hydrographic surveying; RPAS/UAV licensing, training, standards, equipment, systems, operations and services.

ConstructionIT and MiningIT: Smart construction design techniques and standards; software and solutions for intelligent construction costing. Rugged computing and mobile systems; mobile outdoor operation platforms; handheld GPS devices; and RFID and other wireless technologies for mining and construction.

3D modelling, mapping and visualisation: Mapping of water, oil, gas, minerals, agricultural and other natural resources; mapping and cartographic software; associated visualisation and presentation techniques, technologies and products including cameras, printers, plotters, scanners, display screens and data projectors.

GIS, geospatial data, processing and applications: GIS and big data; internet of things and data for smart cities; data importing, merging and handling; open software platforms; spatial data infrastructure (SDl) initiatives. Location-based information services and applications for business, marketing, insurance, retail and banking.


Geomatics, surveying and measurement: Photogrammetric surveying by aeroplane, helicopter, satellite, RPAS/UAV and other remote sensing techniques; aerial photography and surveying equipment, systems and services; airborne laser systems and services; hyperspectral and thermal surveys.

ConstructionIT and MiningIT: Schedule management, change management, forecasting, and contingency management. Software and solutions for planning and design review; administration, process management and field management. Software, e-services and solutions for mining and construction.

3D modelling, mapping and visualisation: Digital mapping solutions for businesses; online interactive maps and automated map production. 3D data modelling, digital surface models and digital elevation models; mapping of geological features and land-form change; hydrographic mapping; risk and disaster mapping.

GIS, geospatial data, processing and applications: Handheld GIS data collectors with multi-sensors; digitisers, scanners, PDAs, notebook computers, PCs, servers and data storage systems; augmented and virtual reality headsets and platforms. Geospatial applications for crime and forensic assessment, insurers, disaster management and emergency responses.


Geomatics, surveying and measurement: Hydrographic surveying – surveying of oceans, dams, coastlines, continental shelves and marine resources; associated surveying equipment, systems and services. Role of geomatics in resolving maritime territorial concerns and in support of developing South Africa’s ocean economy.

ConstructionIT and MiningIT: Software and solutions for drill and blast management; and asset management and maintenance strategy optimisation. Real-time positioning solutions for construction and mining equipment, activity management and monitoring. Building information modelling (BIM); software solutions for designing, engineering, building and operating road and railway networks, bridges, buildings, industrial plants, mines, power plants and utility networks.

3D modelling, mapping and visualisation: Indoor mapping, street, urban mapping, and asset mapping; data scanning and plotting; associated software, systems and services. 3D design software. Collaboration platforms for data management and integration.

GIS, geospatial data, processing and applications: GIS for socio-economic upliftment. Geospatial applications for sport, entertainment and event management. GIS applications utilities, revenue control and asset management applications. Spatial and resolution properties of data; image correction and enhancement techniques;


Geomatics, surveying and measurement: Land and cadastral surveying for rural, farm, township and urban planning; land reform and redistribution; property development, construction and consolidation; associated surveying instruments. Surveying applications for managing underground utility infrastructure (water, electricity, gas and telecomms).

ConstructionIT and MiningIT: Construction software, services and solutions for cost management, project design and optimisation, and estimation. Software, services and solutions for designing, planning, managing and optimising mining operations.

3D modelling, mapping and visualisation: 3D mapping for mining, infrastructure and construction; image processing; laser scanning, imaging and mapping; 3D modelling, design and visualisation platforms and technologies for infrastructure development; associated visualisation and presentation products, technologies and techniques.

GIS, geospatial data, processing and applications: Business geo-analysis and location-based business intelligence, addressing, billing and marketing applications. Data integrity, data management and data quality control; metadata; and associated software, systems and services. Mobile computing.