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PositionIT Inbox, Jan/Feb 2019

Winning letter Re: Professional recognition Dear Editor There is a trend among professionals that is jeopardising their very existence. A profession only has value where it is recognised. As with other professions, the geomatics profession is recognised in law with work reserved, albeit limited to all but cadastral work for land surveying, with a penalty […]

Online tool to simplify environmental sensitivity screening

The National Web based Environmental Screening Tool developed by the Department of Environmental Affairs aims is to provide users with readily available spatial datasets to fast track the environmental assessment process by providing timeous reports with less frustration. In November 2015 the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) embarked on the development of a “National Web […]

Surveyors talk tariffs, productivity and private practice principles

The South African Geomatics Institute’s (SAGI) Northern Branches met for its annual general meeting on 5 April 2019 at the Tshwane University of Technology, where they also held a workshop on running a private practice the day prior. In his capacity as a representative of the South African Geomatics Council (SAGC), Peter Newmarch gave attendees […]

Lessons from a digital mine

The Wits Mining Institute’s (WMI) annual DigiMine Seminar this year shared with delegates from the mining industry digital mining developments and lessons the institute has learnt from its own digital mining laboratory. The WMI is one of Wits University’s six interdisciplinary 21st Century Research Institutes tasked with developing professionals for careers in the fourth industrial […]

Geospatial-based climate adaptation guide

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has released the Green Book in March 2019, an online climate risk profiling and adaptation tool based on peer-reviewed climate models. It offers policy makers a guide to adapt and implement climate change actions. The tool takes a multi-sector approach and has a strong geospatial planning component […]

Geospatial Round-up – March/April 2019

Missing Argentinian submarine located The wreckage of ARA San Juan, the Argentine Navy submarine which was lost on 15 November 2017 has been located in November 2018 after two months of seabed search by Ocean Infinity, the seabed exploration company. The submarine was found in a ravine in 920 m of water, approximately 600 km […]

Spectrum is crucial for space-based earth observation

Climate change and growing exploitation of the earth’s natural resources is leading to a range of environmental problems that require international action. If humanity is going to respond effectively, many of the solutions will be informed by global monitoring of the environment, including the use of space assets. Indeed, space sensing observation is essential to […]

Gallery: SAGI AGM, 5 April 2019

The South African Geomatics Insitute (SAGI) held its annual general meeting on 5 April 2019 at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in Pretoria.  

Take note: GPS week number rollover on 6 April 2019

Global Positioning System (GPS) users and those who use systems relying on GPS should be aware of the upcoming GPS week number rollover which will occur on 6 April 2019 at 23:59:42 UTC, during which the GPS week counter will reset to zero. GPS uses a week counter to calculate date. This value is encoded […]

South Africa’s space industry needs drastic shake-up

The South African space industry is in need of a drastic shake-up, otherwise the country will miss out on the Fourth Industrial Revolution now driving economies worldwide. Lack of funding and the fact the country’s space industry is not operating in a coordinated manner could be to blame. This was the message that the Department […]