GIS, BIM, surveying & spatial applications in Southern Africa
Issue 103, April 2019
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Editor's note: Geotech’s power is in its application

The geospatial profession has long operated on the cusp of the latest technological developments. Perhaps the wide range of applications of geotech or the variety of professions which employ it helped advance it to become a fundamental tool to use in the modern world.

This issue of PositionIT, for example includes an article explaining how machine learning works, as well as a novel case study showing how it is used to protect endangered elephants. Geotech also plays a key role in automation, as the article on selecting a GNSS receiver for machine control shows. Wits’ DigiMine plans to use similar geotech to create distance between miners and risk.

Geotech’s power is in its application. William Pollard, an English clergyman, famously said “It is not always what we know or analyse before we make a decision that makes it a great decision. It is what we do after we make the decision to implement and execute it that makes it a good decision.”

A great example of geotech’s potential benefit is the CSIR’s recently launched Green Book, a geospatial-based, online climate adaptation guide for anyone from policy makers to geo-experts to incorporate in their work. Created by 50 multi-disciplinary researchers, this peer-reviewed platform is a powerful and easy-to-use tool to adapt to climate change. It would be a terrible waste not to act on new and well-structured information.
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Geospatial-based climate adaptation guide launched

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has released the Green Book in March 2019, an online climate risk profiling and adaptation tool based on peer-reviewed climate models. It offers policy makers a guide to adapt and...

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3D cadastres best practices published

The latest publication in the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) Publication series is Best Practice 3D Cadastre which is edited by Peter van Oosterom. At the end of the two most recent four-year terms (2010-2014 and 2014-2018) of the...

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Lessons from a digital mine

The Wits Mining Institute's (WMI) annual DigiMine Seminar this year shared with delegates from the mining industry digital mining developments and lessons the institute has learnt from its own digital mining laboratory. The WMI is one of Wits...

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A crash course in AI-driven object detection

Almost every day we hear we can use the superpowers of artificial intelligence (AI) to make work easier, to automate routine tasks, to speed up workflows, increase accuracy and make more money. But what if you are not a machine learning expert?...

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Upcoming events

SA GeoTech 2019
22 – 23 July 2019
SA GeoTech 2019, now incorporating DesignTech, ArchiTech, MeasureTech, PositionTech, MineTech and ConstrucTech, will feature an exhibition of leading companies, with a concurrent conference for 300 people at Emperors Palace on 22 and 23 July 2019. This year’s theme is “ Geo-tech to drive new business opportunities and economic growth”. It will focus on cutting-edge hardware and software technologies, information systems and solutions for planners, consultants, architects, quantity surveyors, engineers, surveyors, GIS practitioners, project managers and decision-makers from all sectors of the economy.

IMSSA Mpumalanga
Branch Meeting
17 May 2019
The IMSSA Mpumalanga Branch will meet in the Cullinan region (venue to be announced), with confirmed sponsors for the day being Premier Mapping and Sitech SA.

RICS Summit Africa
29 – 30 May 2019
The annual Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Summit Africa 2019 takes place at Sun International’s Maslow Hotel Conference Centre in Sandton. It will focus on how collaborative partnerships and impactful investment is shaping the future of Sub-Saharan Africa. Topics for discussion will include an in-depth look into inward investment, geopolitics and cross-border collaboration, as well as an investment trends in cities, renewable energy and transport infrastructure.

Africa Drone Conference
6 – 7 June 2019

The fourth Africa Drone Conference 2019 takes place at Emperors Palace, with topics including the dynamic use of security drones in mining environment, the importance of drones use in municipalities and more.

More details in Events Diary
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