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Poll reveals facility and fleet management pain points

A recent poll has revealed that the South African facilities management, manufacturing and fleet management industries face four distinct pain points: work orders, asset registers, downtime and contractors. The challenges within these areas include value and visibility. Technology, used correctly, can offer reliable solutions and turn pain points into profit areas. The poll was conducted […]

Identifying revenue loss using GIS

Being able to connect meter usage with billing and service requests can help utilities identify the extent of their equipment problems. This article looks at zeroing in on clusters of dead meters using GIS software. Opelika Utilities in Alabama, US serves nearly 20 000 customers. Its mission is to determine the current and future water […]

Combining GNSS and sensor networks for construction efficiency

The construction industry faces a number of challenges. Performing under deadline pressure is just one example. More recently, the focus of attention is compliance with emission values. A geomatics approach could help. The European demolition industry, especially in Germany, must focus on compliance with strict regulations. In the last couple of years it has become […]

Land survey act under review

The Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform has published the Land Survey Amendment Bill 2017 for public comment on 22 December 2017, with comments due by 20 February 2018. The bill proposes amendments to the Land Survey Act 8 of 1997, and has four objectives: aligning the act with the current structure of the […]

Using granular data to tap into Africa’s fastest growing markets

Africa is a place of extreme contrasts, with a booming middle class and small, rapidly growing clusters of wealth existing alongside swathes of widespread poverty. For a business owner hoping to tap into these growing markets, the value of population and geospatial data at a granular level cannot be overstated. How, for example, is a […]

Supporting earth observation policy and coordination

The earth observations field is evolving, driven by the emergence of a more diverse and capable commercial sector, activities being pursued by emerging space nations, and the emergence of issues that cross communities within the space sector. Given this, it is imperative that new activities be coordinated to support space sustainability. The above trends are […]

Cyber risk insurance still less than tangible assets

The 2017 EMEA Cyber Risk Transfer Comparison Report, recently released by Aon in collaboration with the Ponemon Institute, found that organisations recognise the growing value of technology and data assets relative to historical tangible assets, though they are spending four times more on insurance for property, plant and equipment (PP&E) risks. The report is based […]

Think multiplatform for app design

Near native performance will become a reality in 2018 thanks to ongoing improvement of development tools for multiplatform applications. The intent of multiplatform apps is to provide users with a similar experience irrespective of the device they use. There is still some work to be done in this respect, but we can expect the gap […]

Utilising geo-information in times of crises

The Open Geospatial Consortium’s (OGC) Disasters Interoperability Concept Development Study (CDS) will assess the state of data and product exchange technologies as used in disaster planning, response, and recovery. The study will aid in developing a series of future pilots to advance the state of spatial data infrastructures (SDIs) that support disaster risk reduction globally. […]

BIM courses see uptick on continent

The BIM Academy, a training partner to the BIM Institute, has reported an uptick in interest for its BIM courses, which it attributes to the need for professional leadership in African Building Information Modelling (BIM) rollout. In the past three months alone the academy has run the two-day course in Ethiopia, Mauritius, Johannesburg and most […]