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Mine surveyors discuss qualifications and regulations

The Institute of Mine Surveyors of South Africa’s (IMSSA) Mpumalanga Branch meeting was held at the Cullinan Destiny Lodge, Cullinan on 17 May 2019 and was attended by 56 members. Dennis Rae from the Minerals Council South Africa informed members that the planned phasing out of the Chamber of Mines exams has been postponed indefinitely […]

Teams to compete in subterranean mapping challenge

Eleven Systems teams and five Virtual teams have qualified to compete in the DARPA Subterranean Challenge: Tunnel Circuit; additional teams may qualify for Virtual competition until 10 June 2019. The eleven teams from around the world will attempt to remotely map, identify, and report the greatest number of artefacts along the passages of a Pittsburgh […]

Challenge fosters technologies to map, navigate and search underground

Nine teams hailing from four continents gathered in Colorado, US during April 2019 to test autonomous air and ground systems for navigating dark, dangerous, dirty, and unpredictable underground environments. The SubT Integration Exercise, known as STIX, took place at the Colorado School of Mines’ Edgar Experimental Mine. The event provided a test opportunity for competitors […]

New open mining format under development

The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) is developing Version 2.0 of the Open Mining Format (OMF), an open-source file specification for 3D data interoperability. Mining requires a wide range of spatial data and new technologies are adding to the complexity. While these changes create better representations of geological phenomena, moving complex data between proprietary software […]

Global drone market forecast up to 2025

In April, Research and Markets published its report Drone service market application (aerial photography, data acquisition and analytics), industry (infrastructure, media and entertainment, agriculture), type (drone platform service, drone MRO, drone training) solution, region – Global Forecast to 2025. The market study covers the drone services market across segments. It aims at estimating the market […]

Satellites to measure sea-level under construction

Taking measurements of the height of the sea surface is essential to monitoring sea level rise – and the Copernicus Sentinel-6 mission is on the way to do just this. The mission will be a constellation of two identical satellites that are launched sequentially. Over the next decade, the Copernicus Sentinel-6A and then Sentinel-6B satellites […]

New projection and cartesian coordinate system put on hold

Following a call for comments on the proposed new projection and new cartesian coordinate system for the South African spatial referencing system, the Chief Directorate: National Geospatial Information (NGI) said comments has not resulted in a clear way forward at this stage. The NGI received a good response, which it has reviewed and for which […]

WGIC and UNSD collaboration strengthens global geo-info ecosystem

The World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), Secretariat for the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), signed an agreement to collaborate and work towards demonstrating the comprehensive value and utility of geospatial knowledge and data systems as core enablers for attainment of the global […]

Workshop discusses National Spatial Development Framework

The Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR), Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, hosted the National Spatial Development Framework (NSDF) Indaba on 12 April 2019 at Gallagher Estate, Midrand under the theme: “Moving South Africa forward, towards the desired Spatial Future”. Addressing the delegates, she said that spatial planning is important in a young democracy. “As a […]