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GIS, GPS, surveying and spatial applications in Southern Africa

 Issue 22 June 2010 

Right to plan
by Gavin Lloyd, SAGI President
 
Gavin LloydIt has been 16 months since the SA Council for Planners (SACPLAN) gazetted their draft rules for their Planning Professions Act. Without any prior consultation these draft rules proposed a highly self-serving schedule of work reservation suited to create a broad exclusive domain for the unhindered operation of all registered planners...(more)
The creative destruction of GIS
by Ed Parsons, Google
 
Ed ParsonsThe emergence of GIS and the geospatial information market has seen industry respond to technological developments, economic ups and downs and societal change in equal measure. Rarely have developments in the GIS industry conflicted with broader trends; instead the GIS industry has consistently responded to wider changes by adapting to them... (more)
Eight practices of an effective integration competency centre
by John Schmidt, Informatica
 
John SchmidtIntegration competency centres (ICCs) have arisen from the need to integrate technologies because they develop repeatable and sustainable practices and processes, driving organisations away from one-off projects, the custom coding that prevailed three decades ago, and the custom tools or middleware that proliferated in the '90s... (more)
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Members appointed for Committee for Spatial Information

In terms of section 5 of the Spatial Data Infrastructure Act, 2003 (Act No 54 of 2003), Gugile Nkwinti, Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, has appointed the following persons as members of the Committee for Spatial Information for a term of office of three years commencing from 1 March 2010. The inaugural meeting of the committee takes place on 21 June 2010... (more)

The South African Geoid 2010: SAGEOID10
by Garth Chandler, CD:NGI, and Dr. Charles Merry, consultant on GPS and Geodetic Surveys
 
A precise geoid model is a prerequisite for converting GPS-determined heights to heights referred to in the national height datum. This article describes the computation of a hybrid geoid model for South Africa from a combination of gravity data, harmonic coefficients and GPS/levelling data... (more)
Identifying the efficiencies of laser scanning 
by Peter Johnson, Maptek
 
Terrestrial laser scanning has progressed over the last 10 years from novel technology to accepted surveying technique. While the hardware is becoming widely used in the mining industry, successful application relies on factors beyond the mere ability to rapidly record huge amounts of spatial data... (more)
GIS for Gauteng economic development
by Lufuno Vhengani, CSIR

Today, countries, provinces and municipalities compete in order to attract and retain firms. Economic development agencies may use GIS to develop information that is essential to investors and entrepreneurs. This article will describe how GIS was used to create the Gauteng Economic Opportunity Atlas. The atlas will be used as a tool for attracting business into Gauteng province... (more)

Application of GIS at local government level
by Elizabeth Hicken
 
This article summarises an exploratory study conducted from 2006 until 2009 into the potential of GIS to contribute to the implementation and measurement of sustainability within third-world Africa. Although the research and conclusions were broadly African, a South African case study of the municipal environment constituted the primary research data... (more)
Building information modelling (BIM) for road and highway design
by Adam Strafaci, Autodesk

As BIM has become a standard in architecture and construction, civil engineers have been taking notice and are asking the question: What does BIM mean for me? For civil engineers who regularly work with architects or structural engineers, BIM may already be part of their vocabulary. But for those who spend their days designing roads and highways, BIM represents a whole new world... (more)

Interventions and indicators mapping for MDG tracking 
by Lloyd Manyema and Prestige Makanga, Global Geospatial Solutions 

African states, along with other countries, have signed the declaration to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. The private sector especially those involved in IT and GIS can help by developing effortless yet sound reporting tools for governments and implementing organisations thereby contributing to the attainment of MDGs... (more)  

Developing a FOSS4G application for a telecommunications company 
by Jorge Gustavo Rocha, University of Minho 
 
This article considers a new FOSS4G (free open source software for geospatial) based application for a large telecomms company, to replace the existing solution. It examines the efforts made to import the data from the former legacy GIS; to support the required editing capabilities on the web; and to support complex features (i.e. topology) and their necessary visualisation tools... (more)
Intelligent number plate project
Information from Smart X
 
With the imminent launch of Gauteng's intelligent number plate project (iNP), a question on the minds of vehicle owners has to be: is another expensive system really necessary? In truth, once the benefits of the iNP have been analysed, the answer is yes. If that's the case, what are the benefits and what is iNP anyway?... (more
Potential of satellite data for European bank 
Information from ESA

The European Investment Bank has an annual lending portfolio of around €75-billion, in more than 130 countries. Earth observation from space can provide consistent, accurate and timely information on the state of the global environment that could help the bank to assess the feasibility, monitor the progress and quantify the environmental impact of its investment projects... (more)

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In this issue...
- Right to plan
- The creative destruction of GIS
- Eight practices of an effective integration competency centre
- Hey there! EE Publishers is using Twitter
- Members appointed for Committee for Spatial Information
- The South African Geoid 2010: SAGEOID10
- Identifying the efficiencies of laser scanning
- GIS for Gauteng economic development
- Application of GIS at local government level
- Building information modelling (BIM) for road and highway design
- Interventions and indicators mapping for MDG tracking
- Developing a FOSS4G application for a telecommunications company
- Intelligent number plate project
- Potential of satellite data for European bank
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- Industry and institute news
- Training news
- Company and product news

 
 
 
 
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