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GIS, GPS, surveying and spatial applications in Southern Africa

     Issue 48, July 2013  

Protecting the mine surveying profession
by Alex Bals, IMSSA

Alex Bals Over the years the Geomatics Profession Bill, 2005, has assumed various forms but was left largely unaltered despite opposition from the geomatics professions it seeks to regulate. Our premise is that the Dept of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) has pursued the transformation of the profession of the land surveying profession without considering the other geomatics professions... (more)
Target date for Medupi power shifts to 2014
by Chris Yelland, investigative editor, EE Publishers

 

Chris-Yelland During a site visit on 11 April 2013, Public Enterprises Minister Gigaba advised Eskom, Alstom and Hitachi executives that first power from Medupi by no later than Dec 2013 was absolutely critical, that no further delays would be tolerated, and that "heads would roll" if any such delays occurred. Three months later, Eskom advised that the due date of end December 2013 would not be met... (more)
PositionIT Inbox - Practicing the full monty
This month's winning letter 

 

This month's winning letter focuses on the issue of land surveyors not exploiting their full potential...(more)
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Emerging geospatial tools for the electrical grid
by Paul Wilson, Subvertical, and Gareth Nicholls, Avanade

Since the genesis of widespread electricity distribution in the 1880s, there has always been a need for geospatial information to help manage the grid. The electrical system is inherently spatial in nature, rooted in the geography of the service territory... (more)
UAVs and terrestrial surveys in mining applications
by Robert McClure, RA McClure

 

The use of UAVs and off-the-shelf video and photogrammic imaging technology are becoming more common in the mining industry for surveying. Mine mapping, stockpile volumes, blast planning and quantification are areas where these technologies bring an added level of safety and performance... (more)
Secret streets of Britain's lost Atlantis revealed
Information from the National Oceanography Centre and the Dunwich Project

 

Deep-sea oceanographers have been engaged in the most detailed analysis of the archaeological remains of the lost medieval town of Dunwich, dubbed "Britain's Atlantis"... (more)
Investigating changes in land cover patterns in the Richards Bay area
by Quintin Haywood, University of Johannesburg

Land can be described as one of the most basic and undervalued resources available to humans. It provides the means for the production of nutrition, living space, and energy. With over 7-billion humans on earth it becomes clear why it is important to study land cover change and all of its uses... (more)
National Mosaic of South Africa for 2012
Information from SANSA 

 

The SPOT 5 National Mosaic for 2012 has been released by the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) to key stakeholders in government departments and private industry for use in addressing national requirements... (more)
Constructing a race track with speed and precision
Information from VI Instruments

 

In the green heart of Germany a new test and presentation track will soon offer all fans and professionals a lot of fun with their cars. The asphalt track and off-road area were built at a brisk pace and with high precision... (more)
Hyperspectral remote sensing for environmental monitoring
by Bradly Thornton and Alice McClure, Digby Wells Environmental; and Alex Fortescue, Southern Mapping

 

When a hyperspectral remote sensing pilot project was carried out on a portion of Xstrata Coal's operations near Emalahleni in 2011, the technology was also used for an environmental application in coal mining by Digby Wells Environmental and Southern Mapping (in partnership with SpecTIR)... (more)
Backpack-sized mini-mapper captures intel in tight spots
Information from Johns Hopkins University 

 

Engineers at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) have developed a portable mapping system - carried in a backpack - that can be used to automatically create annotated physical maps of locations where GPS is not available, such as in underground areas and on ships... (more)
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EE Publishers apps July 2012

In this issue...
- Protecting the mine surveying profession
- Target date for Medupi power shifts to 2014
- PositionIT Inbox - Practicing the full monty
- Emerging geospatial tools for the electrical grid
- UAVs and terrestrial surveys in mining applications
- Secret streets of Britain's lost Atlantis revealed
- Investigating changes in land cover patterns in the Richards Bay area
- National Mosaic of South Africa for 2012
- Constructing a race track with speed and precision
- Hyperspectral remote sensing for environmental monitoring
- Backpack-sized mini-mapper captures intel in tight spots
- Views, comment and opinion
- Industry and institute news
- Training news
- Company and product news
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