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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 […]

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 […]

Mobility’s potential to use new data sources

Voluntary transport engineering body Intelligent Transport Society South Africa (ITSSA) held its annual general meeting in August 2019 to select a new board and hear how new technologies can feed useful data into transport engineering applications. The society, which focuses on mobility as a key enabler of smart cities, has had its most difficult year […]

Geomaticians’ role in climate change and population development

After 25 years of democracy in South Africa, it is sobering to realise that not a lot has been achieved. Some goals like housing and electricity distribution have advanced significantly, but others like education and job creation have receded. The ebb and flow of politics and economics, nationally and internationally, seem to give progress a […]

Drone registration fees to be amended

As part of a various amendments under the “Twentieth Amendment of the Civil Aviation Regulations, 2019”, Part 101: Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) fees are being adjusted. The amendments follow recommendations made by the Civil Aviation Regulations Committee (CARCom), to amend the Civil Aviation Regulations, 2011. Also to be amended are the Technical Standards, including […]

Advancing GIS in tertiary education in a time of budget cuts

Esri South Africa’s GIS Education Summit on 10 September 2019 looked at ways to advance GIS education at tertiary level. Dr Michael Gould, Esri’s international director of higher education, shared some best practices and resources with lecturers from various South African universities. Dr Gould recommended, as best practices, that lecturers start using geodatabases and feature […]

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 […]

Smart cities take centre stage at cadastre and land management meeting

The annual meeting of FIG Commission 7 (Cadastre and Land Management) in Seoul, South Korea, from 5 to 9 August 2019 saw more than 100 people from 23 countries participate and sharing their knowledge and experience in the field of cadastre, land administration and geospatial information. The meeting featured high-quality technical presentations, discussions and camaraderie […]

Pan-African satellite constellation under discussion

Four African countries are planning to launch satellites to survey Africa’s resources, including vegetation, farmland and water. The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) will lead the project, called the Africa Resource Management Constellation (ARMC), on behalf of South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria and Kenya, with the ultimate aim of helping to protect these resources. The […]