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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 […]

Addressing the late and non-payment by government

A recent survey by the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) shows that the majority of quantity surveyors experience late- or non-payment of contractors on national, provincial and municipal projects. ASAQS president, Christelle Bown, presented the survey findings during a panel discussion at the 2019 Master Builders Annual Congress in September 2019 in Johannesburg. […]

User conference explores benefits of integrated geospatial applications

Esri South Africa’s User Conference from 22 to 25 October this year celebrated the company’s 30th anniversary of doing business in southern Africa, and under the theme “See what other’s cant”, focused on extracting insights from geospatial data. Echoing Esri’s vision of the geographic information system, the company’s Jim Higgins described the GIS as a […]

Nedbank / EE seminar: ICT infrastructure to support an effective ICT ecosystem in SA for utilities of the future

Nedbank and EE Publishers are hosting a morning seminar on: ICT infrastructure to support an effective ICT ecosystem in SA for utilities of the future This is the 5th in a series of important infrastructure seminars from Nedbank & EE Publishers DATE: Tuesday 26 November 2019 TIME: 09h00 to 14h30 (see detailed programme below) VENUE: […]

Automation sets in as geomatics solutions mature

Incremental changes in geomatics solutions on display at InterGEO 2019, the world’s largest geo-industry fair, show a market reaching maturity. Like other digital industries, it is now ripe for automation which brings opportunities to deliver better quality information at greater speed. Industry experts who are ready to embrace it stand to reap automation’s benefits, while […]

Earth observation challenge seeks mining solutions

The South African Earth Observation (SAEO) Open Innovation Challenge is now open for entries. This year’s challenge is geared towards finding ideas that assist in advancing the societal and commercial competitiveness of the South African mining industry, while considering the improvement of its environmental impact. This challenge is hosted by satellite data provider DigitalGlobe, the […]

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 […]

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 […]