Geomatics Indaba 2017 - VENUE - Durban ICC, 21 - 23 August 2017. A fully inclusive geomatics sector conference, exhibition and training event.    REGISTER


There will also be a heavy emphasis on vocational training, skills upgrading and continuing professional development at Geomatics Indaba 2017, through an intensive series of practical, hands-on training workshops.

Workshop Topics

Capacity and Service Delivery in Government
Education & Registration
Geomatics Profession Act
Health and safety in Mining
Health and Safety in General
Scanning/BIM Modelling
Technology in the Mining Industry

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  • The fourth industrial revolution and the impact on mining technology - Dr. Hendrik Grobler (PhD)

    Hendrik Grobler is the Head of Department of Mining Engineering and Mine Surveying at the University of Johannesburg. He is a registered Professional Mine Surveyor and a Chartered Minerals Surveyor with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He is the current President of the Institute of Mine Surveyors of South Africa.

    After obtaining a South African Government Certificate of Competency in Mine Surveying in 1994, Hendrik spent 15 years as the Responsible Mine Surveyor for various opencast- and underground mining projects. He joined the University of Johannesburg in June 2007 where he lectures undergraduatemine surveyors in Mine Surveying and Geostatistics. Dr. Grobler completed his PhD thesis at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2015. He is continuing research in the field of gyroscope calibration, underground positioning systems and the alignment of survey networks.
  • Planning – Karl van Rensburg

    Geomatics practitioners and more specifically Land Surveyors should not forget that survey is only a means to an end with many pre - and post survey activities. Before the activity of measurement for the preparation of a plan or diagram, practitioners should be trusted to such an extent that their opinions are sought as a first stop to give guidance to a developer or client. As land professional, they must have the knowledge to give advice on the conditions in the title deed, the clauses in the town planning scheme, the policy in the Integrated Development Plan and Spatial development Framework, legal judgements on the large volume of legislation controlling land use, as well as to advising the client on procedures regarding land development. As a land professional the client must be able to rely on the practioner’s advice and be trusted to the point of acting on the client’s behalf.

    This workshop will give an overview of Land Use Management, Town planning Schemes, Land Development Applications and Appeals with the purpose of capacitating members from the Geomatics Fraternity.

  • An Industry RPAS/Drone Company – Phillip Kent of Kent&Co

    Don’t miss this ground-breaking opportunity of taking your practice forward in terms of additional service offerings to your clients.

    For the first time in South African aviation, the Institutes will be working with the Civil Aviation Authority to oversee its own portion of the industry, namely drones in Geomatics, with the goal of simplifying and encouraging compliance. Listen to the proposed model for an Industry RPAS/Drone Company. Expressions of Interest will be taken at the conference on a first come first served basis as the company does have a CAA imposed cap on the number of member owned drones permitted within the scheme.

    Kent&Co is a groundbreaking firm, that caters for the market gap between traditional law firms and day-to-day flight operations. This puts Kent&Co in a position to be able to provide much needed legal services to the largely neglected aviation industry. Challenging norms is a fundamental component of Kent&Co’s goal of developing aviation in South Africa.

  • Health and Safety in the Mining Industry - Pearl Nkosi

    At the rate at which we are going, will we ever achieve Zero Harm?

    Health and Safety in the Mining Industry is a very broad yet every single aspect plays a significant role in health and safety in the mining industry. The discussion point for my workshop will be the South African Mining Health and Safety journey so far and beyond under the topic “At the rate at which we are going, will we ever achieve Zero harm?”I will be looking at where the journey began, the motivation for the journey and what we still need to do in order to further improve on the industry performance.

    The aim of the workshop is to challenge the current mindset and approach to health and safety in the South African Mining Industry as well as provoke industry professionals and organized labour unions to do more in order to facilitate the achievement of zero harm.

  • Education & Registration Workshop - Du Plessis Hendrik Jacobus (Dr)

    Dr du Plessis is currently coordinating research towards joint qualifications that could be offered to facilitate duel registration with the SAGC, upgrading between different levels of registration and contribute towards CPD in the geomatics profession.

    A workshop to inform industry on the progress of this work and to invite further input from the geomatics profession will take place at geomatics Indaba 2017.

    Kindly support this initiative where he, together with Professors Serena Coetzee and Julian Smit, will look forward towards your contribution.

  • All you need to know about SASDI - Maroale Chauke and Serena Coetzee


    Leading:Ms Maroale Chauke, NSIF, Secretariat for the Committee for Spatial Information (CSI)Prof Serena Coetzee, University of Pretoria, Interim Chair: CSI Subcommitte on Education and Training

    The SASDI Workshop aims to inform delegates about work by the Committee for Spatial Information (CSI) and its subcommittees to support stakeholders in the implementation of the South African Spatial Data Infrastructure (SASDI). SASDI is established by Section 3 of the Spatial Data Infrastructure Act (SDI Act No. 54, 2003) as the national technical, institutional and policy framework to facilitate the capture, management, maintenance, integration, distribution and use of spatial information in South Africa. The CSI, also established by the SDI Act, is responsible for achieving the SASDI objectives. The SASDI Regulations and SASDI Compliance Guidelines are in place, and the focus will now be on implementing SASDI and creating an enabling environment to support spatial decision-making. The workshop is part of the programme of work of the CSI Subcommittee on Education and Training, which supports the CSI in achieving SASDI objectives through education and training of CSI members, CSI Subcommittee members, data custodians and end users.

  • Steps to develop capacity in the implementation of steps to address the identified scarce skills
    for the implementation of SIPs - Joseph Komane

    Joseph Komane is the Skills Development Practitioner at Council for the Built Environment (CBE). The Council for the Built Environment (CBE) is statutory body that was established under the Council for the Built Environment Act (No. 43 of 2000) as an overarching body that coordinates six Professional Council for the purpose of instilling good governance within the profession, transforming the profession and advising South African Government on Built Environment (BE) related issues through the Department of Public Works.

    Joseph Komane represents the CBE as an Intermediate Body for Professionals and Associate Professionals on the Department of Higher Education Training (DHET) Special Projects which as one of its objective is to develop Skills for and through Strategic Infrastructure Projects (SIPs).

    He has BCom Honours in Industrial Psychology and more than 17 years working experience in the Education, Training and Development environment in both private (African Explosive Limited and Group 5) and Public sectors (Legal Aid SA and CBE).

    He will be presenting about steps to develop capacity in the implementation of steps to address the identified scarce skills for the implementation of SIPs.

  • Geomatics Profession Act - Peter Newmarch

    Peter Newmarch (President of SAGI) is currently working on certain aspects of the Geomatics Act along with other Institutes (GISSA and IMSSA) on matters of work reservation and recommended fees – for Council to consider. This workshop will give a brief overview of key issues in the Act and inform industry on the progress of this work and to invite further input from the geomatics profession. Kindly support this initiative where he, together with Mr Samuel Osei look forward towards your contributions and thoughts.
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