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GIS, GPS, surveying and spatial applications in Southern Africa

     Issue 47, June 2013  

Who needs national development planning anyway?
by Clare van Zwieten, editor

Clare van ZwietenGeospatial data, services and tools are essential for achieving the goals of the National Development Plan (NDP). It is disconcerting that the entire NDP has become part of a political game. To get our national development planning on track, South Africa urgently needs to get its spatial data infrastructure (SDI) up and running... (more)
Implications of the National Development Plan for public service
by Trevor Manuel, Minister in The Presidency 

     

Trevor Manuel The National Development Plan has elevated the task of building a capable and developmental state to a higher priority. There is broad consensus across the political spectrum of the need for a professional and competent civil service. The plan presents some clear principles for developing this professional civil service... (more)
South Africa's future role in space 
by Hans van de Groenendaal, EE Publishers

 

Dr Sandile Malinga South Africa has a long history in space related activities but until the formation of SANSA in 2010, these were fragmented with periods of high levels of activity followed by a slump in activity. Being a growing knowledge economy, South Africa cannot afford this fragmentation... (more)
ADEC Business Breakfast Briefing with Tony Leon

 

Tony Leon The Association of Distributors & Manufacturers of Electronic Components (ADEC) and EE Publishers cordially invite you to the annual ADEC Business Breakfast Briefing with Tony Leon, at 8 am at the Kyalami Country Club on 28 June 2013. Leon, the former ambassador to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, will speak on "Doing Business with BRICS"... (more)
Register now to avoid 10% late booking premium for SA Surveying + Geomatics Indaba 2013

 

The commencement date for the 10% late booking premium for the SA Surveying + Geomatics Indaba 2013 has been extended by two weeks from 15 June to 1 July 2013. Click here now to register as a delegate online, or click here now to download a formal printed quotation and delegate registration form.
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Top 10 technology trends for the energy and utilities sector in 2013
Information from Gartner

                            

The global energy and utility industry faces significant challenges from ongoing environmental sensitivity, changing policymaker attitudes and consumer expectations. The top ten technology trends affecting the markets include mobile and location-aware technology, cloud computing, big data and social media... (more)
Mapping and monitoring artisanal mining
by Tristan Stuckenberg, CK Aerial Surveys 

 

This article examines how accurately mapping artisanal mining areas will enable the enforcement of mineral rights and the regulation of the informal mining sector as well as assisting in the management of scarce and valuable resources... (more)
Rapid turnaround satellite image mosaics
by Michael Breetzke, Southern Mapping 

Project managers in the resource, infrastructure and environmental sectors typically demand rapid turnaround imagery to serve the planning and monitoring phases of their projects. These demands are now being met via the provision of high resolution satellite imagery... (more)
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Using GIS software for sports analytics
by Damien Demaj, DeMap 

 

In this article, we explore the results of the London Olympics Gold Medal tennis match between Roger Federer and Andy Murray to show how you can use GIS to identify particular patterns within the match that may not have been exposed by using traditional non-geographical analysis and display techniques... (more)
Choosing the appropriate system for a bathymetric survey
Information from C&C Technologies South Africa

 

Bathymetric survey systems come as a basic single beam echo-sounder to which one can interface a GPS/GNSS for lower resolution individual discrete points or the far more complex higher resolution and wider coverage multibeam echo sounder systems. This article details the factors which need to be taken into consideration when choosing a bathymetric survey system... (more)
Building a lunar base with 3D printing
Information from the European Space Agency  

Setting up a lunar base could be made much simpler by using a 3D printer to build it from local materials. Industrial partners including renowned architects Foster and Partners have joined with the European Space Agency (ESA) to test the feasibility of 3D printing using lunar soil... (more)
Conducting a vacant land audit for Ekurhuleni
by Philip Viljoen, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality 

 

It is important that municipalities know what properties belong to them, and which are vacant and can be utilised for strategic developmental purposes. The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM) embarked on a vacant land audit. This article outlines the process and the challenges experienced along the way... (more)
The economic benefits of geospatial technology
by John Whitehead and William Marbell, Trimble Navigation 

 

The multipurpose nature and economic value of a modern spatial data infrastructure (SDI) is highlighted. In addition, the metrics by which investment decisions are made regarding the use of spatial technology in land-registry projects is reviewed, and alternative approaches discussed... (more)

3D design for nuclear power projects
Information from Intergraph 

 

Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research and Design Institute (SNERDI) has a long association with Westinghouse, having produced 3D plant models to support Westinghouse's AP1000 plant design, which is recognised as among the safest and most advanced nuclear power plants on the market today... (more)
Towards a Wide Area Alerting and Notification System
by Graeme McFerren and Derick Swanepoel, CSIR Meraka Insitute  

This article describes the concept of a Wide Area Alerting System (WAAS), a flexible ICT platform for building alerting and notification applications. It is tailored to the generation and dissemination of complex alerts or notifications derived from geospatial-temporal data originating from... (more)
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Industry and institute news
Training news

Company and product news

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In this issue...
- Who needs national development planning anyway!
- Implications of the National Development Plan for public service
- South Africa's future role in space
- Top 10 technology trends for the energy and utilities sector in 2013
- Mapping and monitoring artisanal mining
- Rapid turnaround satellite image mosaics
- Using GIS software for sports analytics
- Choosing the appropriate system for a bathymetric survey
- Building a lunar base with 3D printing
- Conducting a vacant land audit for Ekurhuleni.
- The economic benefits of geospatial technology
- 3D design for nuclear power projects
- Towards a Wide Area Alerting and Notification System
- Views, comment and opinion
- Industry and institute news
- Training news
- Company and product news
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