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FunctionVenue at CTICC
08h00 – 18h00

Mon 30/06

Pre-Conference Events Various
14h00 – 17h00

Mon 30/06

Pre-Registration Registration Foyer
07h30 – 08h30 Tues 01/07
Morning Registration
Registration Foyer
08h30 – 17h30 Tues 01/07 Conference & Exhibition
First Floor/Ballroom
15h00 – 17h30 Tues 01/07 FIG Young Surveyors Network Workshop on education (see more information below)
Room 1.4
17h45 – 20h00 Tues 01/07 Welcome Function Ballroom
08h00 – 09h00 Wed 02/07 Registration Audi 1 Foyer
09h00 – 17h30 Wed 02/07 Conference & Exhibition Open First Floor/Ballroom
13h30 – 15h00 Wed 02/07 Workshop on Spatial Data Infrastructures (see more information below)
Room 1.4
18h00 – 19h30

Wed 02/07

Young Surveyor Function Ballroom
20h00 – 23h00 Wed 02/07 Theme Dinner District Six Museum Homecoming Centre
08h00 – 09h00 Thurs 03/07 Registration Audi 1 Foyer
09h00 – 16h30 Thurs 03/07 Conference & Exhibition Open
First Floor/Ballroom
14h00 – 15h00 Thurs 03/07 FIG Young Surveyors Network Workshop - Ask the Experts (see more information below)
Room 1.4
16h30 Thurs 03/07 Conference Closes

AfricaGEO Provisional Programme

Message from the Technical Directors regarding the themes covered in the sessions

Download the Provisional Programme indicating presentations and authors


Social Programme

Welcome Function

Welcome Function to be held on Tuesday 1st July at the Cape Town Convention Centre in the Exhibition Hall at 17h45

Dress Code: Smart Casual

Young Surveyor’s Networking Function

Welcome Function to be held on Wednesday 2nd July at the Cape Town Convention Centre in the Exhibition Hall at 18h00

Dress Code: Smart Casual

Theme Dinner

The Theme Dinner will be held on Wednesday, 2nd July, at the District Six Museum Homecoming Centre at 20h00.  Physical Address 15 Buitenkant Street Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

Dress Code: Smart Casual

Transport will be provided from the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) – Busses will depart from the venue at 19h30.

Spatial Data Infrastructure workshop

The South African Spatial Data Infrastructure Act (2003) makes provision for the establishment of the South African Spatial Data Infrastructure (SADSI). This relies on the development of a variety skills on South Africa in order to realise the implementation of SASDI. History has shown that many SDI initiatives both locally and internationally have not succeeded due to poor planning and training of implementing organisations. Gaining from the experiences of international experts in this field is thus critical to the establishment of SASDI.

This workshop will be dedicated to implementing geographic information standards and best practices in the European Union INSPIRE spatial data infrastructure. At the workshop local researchers and relevant officials will gain access to theory and practical skills training from an international expert who is intimately involved with the European Union INSPIRE programme. This will form the basis for future stakeholder engagement and development of spatial data infrastructure implementation in South Africa


FIG Young Surveyors Network Workshop on education

Over the last few decades the Geomatics profession has witnessed great technological leaps. These include  better instruments, new survey technologies and techniques, faster and cheaper internet, social media, open source software packages among others. Further, the challenges faced by current Geomatics Professionals  are quite different to those faced by professionals a couple of decades ago. Moreover there is also a convergence of technologies such as social media and participatory mapping, UAVs and photogrammetry, photogrammetry and laser scanning etc. It is therefore important to reflect on the educationa requirements of the modern Geomatics student and the opportunities for graduate young Geomatics Professionals. This workshop will provide an environment for these discussions.

FIG Young Surveyors Network Workshop - Ask the Experts

The 2014 AfricaGEO conference has attracted some reknown keynote speakers. These include Prof Georg Gartner - President of The International Cartographic Association, Austria, Dr Solomon Abebe Haile - Global Land Tool Network II Urban Legislation, Dr Chen Jun - President Of The International Society For Photogrammetry And Remote Sensing, Mr Jeff Mckenna - President Of The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (Osgeo) and Prof Chris Rizos - President Of The International Association Of Geodesy. The speakers are collectively experts in various field of geomatics including GISc, Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry, Land Reform and Land rights as well as Geodesy. During this workshop the experts will each briefly speak about the roles, challenges and opportunities for young Geomatics professionals in their respective fields of expertise. The young geomatics professionals in the audience will also have an opportunity to field questions and receive answers from the experts.

Programme note

The conference aims at facilitating interaction, discussion, collaboration and capacity building amongst the participants. It will provide a platform to share the latest developments in the industry of surveying and geo-information (including remote sensing and aerial imagery) and the very pressing issue of sustainable development. The conference will also promote and showcase the latest products and services the industry has to offer. The topics will span the multiple disciplines within the Geomatics.

A series of plenary and parallel technical sessions as well as panel discussions and educational workshops will be scheduled throughout the three day conference.  The official language of the conference will be English.

The conference theme is ‘Developing Geomatics for Africa’, with an emphasis on the development of Geomatics (as an industry / technology) in the African context. This implies technological and social advancement of the industry to suit the needs of Africa and bolster development that is appropriate to Africa. The range of topics covered in the conference will include Surveying, Remote Sensing, Geo-Information Science (GISc) and Development Planning and Land Tenure.

Responsibility clause

The organising committee of the conference will endeavor as far as possible to ensure that your attendance at the conference will be comfortable and effective.  No responsibility can be accepted for any cancellations or changes for what ever reason, to the programmes, partial or total, without notice.  The submission of a registration form is indication of your acceptance of these conditions.

AfricaGEO 2011 Proceedings

To download the complete AfricaGEO 2011 proceedings (90MB zip file), click here

To view the AfricaGEO 2011 Conference Programme, click here

For the full collection of conference papers and author presentations from AfricaGEO 2011, please visit









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