GIS, BIM, surveying & spatial applications in Southern Africa
Issue 100, Jan 2019
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SA Geotech 2019
Editors note: A New Direction
January 2019 marks the 100th edition of PositionIT's newsletter, making it a good time to rethink how we can bring you an even better experience as well as to introduce some new features.

Understanding that you are busy, we have decided to distil the latest and most relevant news into an easy-to-digest format for you, showcasing the highlights and latest developments in the industry.

In 2019, PositionIT will be printed every second month, starting in February, while the newsletter will continue monthly. You can always get the latest on our website, in PositionIT’s eZine, or on our Android or iOS apps.

Lastly, keep an eye out for developments on the upcoming SA GeoTech 2019 geospatial conference which will be hosted by PositionIT/EE Publishers on 22 and 23 July 2019 in Gauteng – it is sure to be a great industry event and we’re working hard to pull out all the stops!

Thanks for your continued support, and best wishes for 2019! 
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Upcoming events

SA GeoTech 2019
22 – 23 July 2019

The expanded SA GeoTech 2019, now incorporating DesignTech, ArchiTech, MeasureTech, PositionTech, MineTech and ConstrucTech, will feature an exhibition of leading companies, together with a concurrent conference for 300 people at Emperors Palace on 22 and 23 July 2019. More info at

IMSSA North West Branch Meeting
1 February 2019

The IMSSA North West Branch’s first meeting this year will take place at the Amandelbult Recreation Centre in Rustenburg. The meeting is sponsored by VI Instruments, Southern Mapping and Deswik. The day will start with the branch meeting, and will be followed by company presentations before the lunch break. Attendees need to RSVP in advance.

African Mining Indaba
4 – 7 February 2019 

The 25th anniversary of Mining Indaba will bring together investors, mining executives and junior miners from across the globe. This networking event has an agenda that features heads of states, mining ministers and influential people in African mining across the value chain. The president of Ghana is confirmed as keynote speaker. This year’s conference will include an enhanced business matchmaking portal, Women in Mining, and a whole day dedicated to battery metals. Mining 2050 will look at big data, automation, AI and digitalisation.

Applied Geographical Information Systems
11 – 13 February 2019

GIS can play a key role in helping scientists, decision-makers and the public develop collaborative solutions to real-world problems. The Applied Geographical Information Systems short course is an introduction to a range of geospatial techniques used in the analysis of spatial data.  

More details in Events Diary
Next up: Virtual panel discussion on "Creating a data rich South Africa"

In the second edition of PositionIT 2019 we'll have a virtual panel discussion on the topic of " Building a data rich South Africa". Data is the new oil, some say. By that argument location data is gold. Geospatial professionals have a key role to play in creating and maintaining data and data infrastructure, which is why we invite geodata experts to share their views.

A virtual panel discussion asks industry experts a set of questions via email and compiles the answers into the final panel discussion article on the topic. If you feel you can contribute to this topic, send an email to for the list of questions. You're also welcome to suggest an expert, or to suggest a highly relevant industry topic you feel deserves attention in future panel discussions.

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