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     Issue 46, April/May 2013  

Geomatics Profession Bill: the saga continues
by Clare van Zwieten, editor

Clare van Zwieten Reading through the submissions at the recent parliamentary public hearings into the Geomatics Profession Bill, it was evident that GISSA, SAGI, IMSSA, and PLATO had common concerns about the somewhat indifferent consultation process, the inadequate defining of the geomatics profession, and the representivity of the new geomatics council... (more)
Practicing the full monty
 by Karl van Rensburg, Professional Land Surveyor 

 

Karl van Rensburg Many land surveyors are negative and pessimistic about the future of their profession (more so the younger colleagues). In general they have not analysed this discontent, for the reason that they are spending an abnormal amount of hours making a living. This may be the reason why they are not involved in our professional institute or body - they simply cannot afford the time... (more)
Keynote speakers for SA Surveying + Geomatics Indaba 2013 on 22, 23 and 24 July 2013

                            

Mmuso-Riba SA Surveying + Geomatics Indaba 2013 will be opened by Chief Surveyor-General Mmuso Riba. International keynote speakers are: Geoff Zeiss, director of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC); Roger Haagmans, European Space Agency; Prof. Michael Barry, University of Calgary; Peter Large, Trimble; and Rob Mahoney,  Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors... (more)
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Public hearings and feedback on the draft Geomatics Profession Bill
Information from the Parliamentary Monitoring Group  

                            

The parliamentary portfolio committee on Rural Development and Land Reform held public hearings on the draft Geomatics Profession Bill on 16 April 2013. PLATO, SAGI, GISSA, IMSSA and the SA Council for Planners (SACPLAN) gave oral submissions at the hearings. Full details are as follows... (more)
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This month's winning letter  

                            

Is a GISc Technologist a professional registration? This letter looks at the issue of professional registration and GISc Technologists... (more)
Accident scene reconstruction in underground mining operations
by Dr. Patrick Foster, University of Exeter; et al

                            

With safety being the number one value within mining, civil, commercial and industrial settings it is imperative that any breach of safety resulting in an accident or loss of life is investigated thoroughly. This can involve considerable amounts of time, effort and expense... (more)
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Mapping the location of lost WWII fighter plane
by Kevin Corbley, Spatial Energy  

                            

A lost World War II British Air Force fighter plane in Egypt offers lessons in the uses of satellite imagery. Today, three commercial satellite operators collect imagery with sub-metre resolution. An aircraft with a 9,8 m fuselage sitting exposed in the rocky desert should be readily visible in a high-resolution image... (more)
Using GIS to estimate background radiation levels
by Jacques Bezuidenhout, Stellenbosch University & Wilhelm Herbst, Giscoe 

Different locations were selected on the West Coast Peninsula and gamma ray measurements were done to determine the levels of natural radioactive isotopes in the soil in order to evaluate the radiation of the population of the West Coast... (more)
The old and the new: archaeology and positioning technologies
Information from Topcon  

                            

The theory of human evolution is itself constantly evolving, and as archaeologists unearth more fossils and ancient human remains the technology used to explore these theories continues to evolve too... (more)
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Using GIS effectively in mining and exploration
by Charl Retief, Esri South Africa  

                            

The challenge being faced by GIS professionals in the mining sector is not so much a technological one but rather one of value. In an economic environment where budgets are being slashed, how do GIS professionals working in the mining environment ensure that their departments survive and provide value to the overall operation... (more)
Selling data quality to senior executives
by Nigel Turner, Trillium Software  

                            

Although the benefits of data quality (DQ) improvement appear self-evident to people intimately involved with DQ, a constant frustration is that others in the organisation do not recognise its importance. This article tries to help those working in DQ to overcome this problem... (more)
Study maps greenhouse gas emissions to building street level
Information from Arizona State University                   

Arizona State University (ASU) researchers have developed a new software system capable of estimating greenhouse gas emissions across entire urban landscapes, all the way down to roads and individual buildings. Until now, scientists quantified carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at a much broader level... (more)
Increased productivity in harsh environments
Information from Trimble  

                            

This article describes how Z-Blade technology increases positioning availability in difficult environments and how its performance compares to products which lack the Z-Blade capability... (more)
GIS platform for utility management helps with disaster management
Information from Schneider Electric                   

Inefficiencies in utility asset management practices lead to the adoption of a GIS solution enabling a more sophisticated and unified way of managing of its electric, natural gas, waste-water and water sectors. The new centralised geodatabase also played a key role during last year's wildfires... (more)
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In this issue...
- Geomatics Profession Bill: the saga continues
- Practicing the full monty
- Keynote speakers for SA Surveying + Geomatics Indaba 2013 on 22, 23 & 24 July 2013
- Public hearings on the Draft Geomatics Profession Bill.
- PositionIT Inbox
- Accident scene reconstruction in underground mining operations
- Mapping the location of lost WWII fighter plane
- Using GIS to estimate background radiation levels
- The old and the new: archaeology and positioning technologies
- Using GIS effectively in mining and exploration
- Selling data quality to senior executives
- Study maps greenhouse gas emissions to building street level
- Increased productivity in harsh environments
- GIS platform for utility management helps with disaster management
- Views, comment and opinion
- Industry and institute news
- Training news
- Company and product news
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