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GIS, GPS, surveying and spatial applications in Southern Africa

 Issue 24  Aug/Sept 2010 

Transportation GIS and the reality
by Terry Bills, ESRI
 
Terry BillsThose of us in the GIS community take it for granted that the incorporation of GIS enriches effective asset management practices, to the point where we find it difficult to understand how good asset management could be practiced without GIS. In reality however, many government transportation departments report only limited success... (more)
Digital mapping enters a new phase
by Etienne Louw, MapIT
 
Etienne LouwA decade ago, when MapIT's first locally produced digital map, its arrival was greeted with keen interest. However, its use was predominantly limited to professionals in the vehicle tracking environment. Few grasped the long-range capabilities of interactive mapping, or the influence they would later have on commercial activity and social networking... (more)
BI on bad data is bad BI
by Sean Paine, EnterpriseWorx
 
Sean Paine Taking bad data and putting good-looking graphics and analytic capabilities on top does not make for good business intelligence (BI). BI must be aligned with business strategy and backed by accurate data. Companies need to be clear on their strategic objectives and implement BI systems in a methodical project-driven way... (more)
Surveying the longest tunnel in the world
Information from Trimble
 
Switzerland's New Rail Link through the Alps (NRLA) is a key component in Europe's growing network of high-speed railways. The centrepiece of the new system is the Gotthard Base Tunnel. At 57 km long, it's the longest tunnel in the world... (more)
Monitoring at  700 m below sea level
Information from GeoSystems Africa
 
In a world first, GeoSystems Africa recently supplied and installed a Leica GeoMoS system at Goldfield's Driefontein Mine, 2300 m below surface. This is the first installation at this type of underground mine in the world... (more)
World's tallest eucalyptus tree found with lidar and GIS
by Allyson Lawson, ESRI

A true giant among trees - the tallest known hardwood in the world - was discovered and mapped using a combination of lidar and GIS, the same technologies Forestry Tasmania uses on a daily basis for managing forests in Australia's southern island state of Tasmania... (more

Top 5 tips for choosing mobile computers
Information from Intermec
 
Sorting through the smart phones, PDAs and ruggedised computers available for business use is no easy task. Dozens of manufacturers offer hundreds of devices in thousands of configurations, but only one may be best suited for your particular environment and workforce... (more)
GeoWeb and Web 2.0: New tools for public health
by Jonathan Cinnamon and Nadine Schuurman, Simon Fraser University

Advances in health and medicine have resulted in great benefits for public health in high-income countries. The use of information and communication technologies and the collection of public health data have been highlighted as two key drivers for improving global public health... (more)

Mapping time and space as a forensic tool
by Dr. Peter Schmitz, CSIR, Adv. Shareen Riley, National Prosecuting Authority, and D Capt. Joe Dryden, South African Police Service

This article examines how the movement and communication between the murder suspects and the state witness were analysed and mapped using cellular telephone records. The aim was to use the mapped time and space information to corroborate the evidence leading up to murder of Taliep Petersen... (more

Unique autonomous pipeline mapping system: an overview
by Mark Smith, Geospatial Corporation
 
A Belgium technology company developed an accurate, autonomous and economical pipeline mapping system, resulting in the development of unique inertial based smart probes. This article reviews the need, technical capabilities and applicability of mapping various pipeline systems with smart probe technology... (more)
New controlling system for earth moving and road construction
by Prof. Dr. Peter Rausch, University of Applied Sciences et al
 
The research project EPOS (efficient process design by satellite supported software in the earth moving and road construction industry) started in July 2009. The project built up a basis for a multi-layer closed loop approach for project controlling in the earth moving and road construction industry... (more
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In this issue...
- Transportation GIS and the reality
- Digital mapping enters a new phase
- BI on bad data is bad BI
- Surveying the longest tunnel in the world
- Monitoring at 700 m below sea level
- World's tallest eucalyptus tree found with lidar and GIS
- Top 5 tips for choosing mobile computers
- GeoWeb and Web 2.0: New tools for public health
- Mapping time and space as a forensic tool
- Unique autonomous pipeline mapping system: an overview
- New controlling system for earth moving and road construction
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- Industry and institute news
- Training news
- Company and product news
 
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