Posts tagged as 2019

Major update to construction software collection

Autodesk’s Industry Collections, which combines the most powerful Autodesk software in simple packages, have received major updates. Subscribers of the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) and PD&M Collections also get access to AutoCAD 2020. Here are improvements in the AEC Collection: Revit 2020 builds on improvements in Revit 2019.1 and 2019.2. Structural engineers will see […]

Geospatial Round-up – June 2019

Demo of redundant geospatial systems The US Department of Transportation (DOT) plans to conduct a field demonstration of technologies with a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of six or higher, as described in the Federal Highway Administration Technology Readiness Level Guidebook, that are capable of providing backup positioning, navigation, and/or timing (PNT) services to critical infrastructure […]

How satellites help explain earth’s magnetic behaviour

The earth’s protective magnetic field is always restless, but every now and then something weird happens – it jerks. Although scientists have known about these rapid shifts for about 40 years, the reason why they occur has remained a frustrating mystery, until now. Since geomagnetic jerks were discovered in 1978, scientists have been trying to […]

A quick intro to geospatial standards and why they matter to you

There is a buzzword every year. We seem to have our pick of three letter acronyms and catch phrases in boardrooms in the same way we have top 20 music hits on the radio. “Geographical standards” have become one of those flavoured phrases.  Geographical standards, however, is a word we should become familiar with as […]

Update on issuing of Chamber of Mines Certificates

The Minerals Council South Africa will continue with the registration of learners to sit the examinations for the Chamber of Mines Certificates. A few years ago, the Minerals Council South Africa (then Chamber of Mines), along with various stakeholders, took a decision to phase out the conducting of examinations in the Chamber of Mines Certificates. […]

Report looks at drivers of consumer behavioural change

The seventh annual Looking Further with Ford Trends Report takes a look into the drivers of behavioural change, specifically uncovering the dynamic relationships consumers have with the shifting landscape of technology. Ford focuses on global trends to understand how consumers are changing and how companies must respond. In a global survey of 14 countries, Ford’s […]

Feedback from FIG Working Week 2019

The FIG Working Week and General Assembly took place in Hanoi, Vietnam from 22 to 26 April 2019, with almost 1000 attendees from 90 countries. The first general assembly had 58 member associations present and around 250 delegates, while the second had 56 member association and around 300 delegates. One new member association, the American […]

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 […]

CSIR sets its focus on public-private sector collaboration

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is working closely with private sector and innovation partners in developing and localising technologies to support the advancement of industries in South Africa. The organisation has recently finalised its new strategy, which aims to leverage its strong science, engineering and technology capabilities to respond to industrial development […]

Software licence donation advances geosciences

Petroleum Experts has donated an academic software licence worth R25-million to the Wits School of Geosciences. The company’s MOVE software is the global standard in the minerals exploration, mining, and environmental geosciences for analysis of structural geological data collection, analysis, 3D visualisation and modelling. The donation by Petroleum Experts of 10 academic licences for use […]