Building a national data repository for integrated spatial planning

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) aims to enhance the coordination and sharing of spatial data amongst the different spheres of government – a goal which gained urgency with the passing of the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act (SPLUMA) in 2013. To give effect to this mandate, the DRDLR has […]

Reality modelling for creating digital twins

Drones have reshaped the engineering industry, not only from an economic perspective, but also in terms of quality and time savings. This article looks at the technical outputs of drones through case studies to show how reality capture is used to create digital twins. Understanding the digital twin requires understanding reality modelling. Reality modelling is […]

The value and viability of Mapcodes using local tools

Eleven years after being one of the first grid-based spatial reference systems, Mapcodes was donated to the public domain. Most South Africans remain oblivious to its existence and benefits as a more efficient and accurate alternative to conventional addresses. This article aims to improve public awareness and uptake through a number of practical tools, integrated […]

Engineering and monitoring behind development on dolomite

Lakeside Office Development is a nine-storey commercial office building in Centurion, and successfully stands on Inherent Hazard Class 8 dolomite, with four known cavities, and a highly-fluctuating rock profile. This requires robust design and geotechnical planning for blasting, excavating, and dynamically compacting the underlying material. The project encompassed a measurement and testing regime to allow […]

Visualising data to improve communication and understand business

This article will explore some workflows for answering pertinent business questions using data and best practice visualisation principles, focusing on a last-mile, home-delivery logistics business case. While Tableau software is used, the general principles can apply to any software used. As mapping technologies have advanced and high-powered functionality is incorporated more and more into end-user […]

GIS and SCADA: When two worlds collide to enable efficient operations

Over the past 30 years the advances in SCADA/HMI software, open communications standards, applications, the internet and developing technologies such as IoT have seen the ability to use a data-driven approach to achieve better operational efficiencies become a reality. Combining GIS into SCADA visualisation systems have taking the cognitive human skills to problem to an […]

Using spatial information to develop business opportunities

Africa has attracted much attention from foreign markets trying to build new relationships and remove trade barriers through economic, development and investment opportunities as the world explores this vast untapped continent which is full of potential and new business areas. This article illustrates how information platforms such as Market Decision’s AfricaProfiler bridges the gap between […]

Staying ahead of Hurricane Dorian with geo-information

As Hurricane Dorian moves north in the Atlantic Ocean, brushing the United States’ Southeast coast with strong waves, winds, and rain, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) is providing comprehensive scientific capabilities and information that decision makers, emergency responders and communities can use to help them prepare, cope and recover from the storm. The USGS’s […]

Understanding the applications and benefits of ground penetrating radar

The ground penetrating radar market in South Africa is gaining popularity. This paper will look at what it is, explore its complementing technologies, where it is used, some examples and case studies from around the world and what is happening in this market in South Africa. Group penetrating radar (GPR) is a non-destructive geophysical method […]

Surveying remote areas with precision for bird conservation effort

How a new approach to precise positioning is helping solve a century-old problem on an isolated island. John Houston is not a surveyor. He’d be the first to tell you that. He’s not a keen traveller, either. So what was he doing on a speck of an island in the South Atlantic Ocean, knee deep […]