GIS, BIM, surveying & spatial applications in Southern Africa
Issue 102, March 2019
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Editors note: Opportunity in crisis
To speak of efficiency benefits of geospatial and construction information solutions in the midst of an energy crisis which fails to produce even basic services would be remiss of me. But it is worth remembering our human capability to adapt, a driver of exploration and discovery, our creativity which helps us create and find solutions, and our ability to communicate, which allows us to share and build collective knowledge.

One man's loss is another's gain. There are opportunities in any crisis, and those who identify and seize upon them stand to benefit. Geospatial and construction information solutions such as GIS and BIM provide the key capabilities we need to adapt, be creative and share knowledge. Our country's current crisis could force the situation in favour of skilled and creative geospatial and construction professionals who can realise new value and opportunity. For years these technologies have been showcased as useful tools in crises – now’s the time to practice what we preach.
Mapping cyclone Idai floods using radar satellite...

As millions of people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe struggle to cope with the aftermath of what could be the southern hemisphere's worst storm, Copernicus Sentinel-1 is one of the satellite missions being used to map flooded areas to help...

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Screening tool simplifies environmental authorisation...

The Department of Environmental Affairs' Environmental Screening tool is a national online GIS-based tool which creates a centralised system for generating environmental sensitivity reports for areas of proposed development. The Department of...

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GPS creators awarded Queen Elizabeth Prize for...

The 2019 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize) was awarded to four engineers responsible for creating the first truly global, satellite-based positioning system - GPS. The prestigious engineering accolade is a £1-million prize that...

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SA and French space agencies sign space cooperation...

The French national space agency (CNES) and the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) have signed an agreement outlining future space cooperation between the two countries on 28 February 2019, in Pretoria. Building on CNES's longstanding...

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Upcoming events

UltraCam Panther Webinar
26 March 2019
This webinar offers deeper insight into how users can benefit from the capabilities of the UltraCam Panther. From asset management, natural resources, safety and security to heritage preservation: this portable reality capture system is fully equipped to fulfil a variety of mobile mapping projects indoors and outdoors. The webinar will cover information about the system architecture, application areas, data processing and visualisation and a Q&A session.

RICS Summit Africa
29 – 30 May 2019
The fifth annual Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Summit Africa 2019 is set take place at Sun International’s Maslow Hotel Conference Centre in Sandton, Johannesburg. The theme of this year’s summit focuses on how collaborative partnerships and impactful investment is shaping the future of Sub-Saharan Africa. Key topics for discussion will include an in-depth look into inward investment, geopolitics and cross-border collaboration, as well as an examination of current and future investment trends in cities, renewable energy and transport infrastructure.
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.

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. It will focus on cutting-edge hardware and software technologies, information systems and solutions for all sectors of the economy.

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