For more than 100 years, mining has been a mainstay of most national economies in Southern Africa – propping up governments and citizens through healthy wages and GDP. Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe – to mention a few countries – all owe a significant chunk of their economic development to tracts of copper, coal, gold, diamond and platinum ores that lie in their bellies.
Needless to say, minerals are a finite resource – with time, mining shafts have gone deeper and deeper into the ground, posing a mortal danger to mine workers due to heat and tectonic instability, which the Chamber of Mines South Africa credits for some of the 76 mining fatalities in 2017. Add to that the fact that the mining business has always been subject to the commodity cycle; fluctuations in supply and demand combined with increasing costs of production – the difficulty of accessing good quality seams and the declining quality of existing seams – have meant that profit margins have been under more pressure than ever over recent years.
This has necessitated calls for innovation on the local mining ventures’ part; but sadly, in this area, mining operations in Southern Africa have been slow to adapt to the changing economic and technological times. Various recent reports have lamented the antiquated modes of production that still persevere in the mines as they did fifty years ago. One expert went as far as giving gold mining only fifteen years if it refuses to reform and adopt modern mining methods. Compare that to Kankberg Gold Mine in Sweden, whose underground operations have had gone fully miner-less and pioneered in 5D internet technology in the past three years.
According to a recent global research study by telecommunications company Inmarsat, technological shifts, such as using the Internet of Things to turn mechanical processes into digital ones through automation technology, will be absolutely crucial to achieving this. The future of mining will ultimately rely on combining human creativity and experience with technology’s ever more sophisticated ability to collect, process and analyse vast quantities of data, and effective adopters will be able to overcome the industry’s current challenges through increased productivity and efficiency, and the redeployment of the human resources to more sophisticated roles as automated technology takes on more dangerous tasks. With the world calling for more humane treatment of the environment and safer working conditions; the mining industry needs technological solutions to its core operations; which include:
- mobile fleet and mine electrification
- alternative energy solutions
- sustainability strategies
- autonomous systems
- connectivity, IoT, cloud solutions, artificial intelligence and machine learning
- virtual, augmented and mixed reality solutions
- waste water and site remediation
Against this backdrop, the Mining Technology Conference will be addressing the most critical areas in the relationship between mining and the technology revolution. Scheduled for the 19th and 20th of July 2018 at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre in Johannesburg, the event will see experts share innovation insights and discuss how innovations like automation, drones, mobile applications, mine-planning software, 3D Mapping, data analytics and alike are enhancing productivity and improving cost management. It will be two days of high-quality technology and mining investment content.
The Pipes Technologies Conference makes its annual return to the Emperors Palace Convention Centre, Johannesburg its 2018 edition on the 24th and 25th of May. The two-day conference will cover pipe systems and latest technologies used in infrastructure applications such as drinking water supply and distribution; gas transmission and distribution; drainage and sewerage; road and land drainage; cable protection; and district heating.
There is no doubt that pipelines lie at the heart of many a country’s infrastructure. The economic convenience of pipelines as a form of transportation are evidenced by the fact that, of the over 3,5million kilometres of pipelines in the world, 75 percent is shared by three of the most developed countries in the world – the USA (65 percent), Russia (eight percent) and Canada (three percent). Locally, Transnet controls almost 4,000km of pipelines, mainly in the oil and gas sector, and these add to the thousands more that transverse cities underground as they move water, sewerage and other material.
Needless to say, poorly constructed, negligently maintained, and leaking pipeline networks can be a major economic and environmental disaster. Moreover, in these tough drought times where some areas like the Western Cape need to conserve every drop of water they get, the call to install long-lasting, stress-resistant and leak-proof pipelines cannot be over-emphasized. According to USAID, “closer analysis shows that nearly 4 million people still lack access to an improved water supply (in South Africa as a whole), and 18 million people lack access to improved sanitation. A 2013 internal assessment (conducted as part of a study known as the Green Drop Report by the Department of Water and Sanitation) of 824 municipal water systems indicated that 50 percent of water systems were in a “poor” or “critical” state, and 31 percent (248) were in such poor condition that they required regulatory action.” Add to that the problems posed by rusty and old pipelines that have long gone past their sell-by date – blockages, corrosion and irreparable pipe breaks. Thus, the rehabilitation and expansion process of pipeline infrastructure needs a new dispensation of pipelines that last longer, are not a danger to the environment they are built in, and are better equipped to deal with soil movements and weather elements.
Latest plastic pipe technologies have seen the product being hailed for its non-corrosive qualities, low cost maintenance and that it does not require cathodic protection. With these and other innovations in the pipeline industry, the answer to rejuvenating the local pipeline infrastructure could be closer. Therefore, it is important that the systems of design, modelling, installation, maintenance, amongst others, are done properly – and it was for these reasons that the Pipes Technologies Conference was organised. The conference will, among other things, look at various pipes technologies that are being established across the industry, as it is crucial that these innovations adhere to quality and industry standards.
Topics to be discussed include development in production technology, technology in large-diameter pipes, inline inspection, maintenance and repair, trenchless technology, design, certification, regulations and standards expected on the technologies. On a larger and more commercial scale, the coming horizon of South Africa expanding exploration into gas as a source of energy has opened doors for players in the pipeline industry, as the expansion of pipeline transportation automatically translates to a bigger market for pipe products.
Objectives of the conference
- To explore the technological innovations in the pipeline industry
- To find out the best solutions to the aging and replacement of the old infrastructure
- To assess the certification, regulations and standards in the production of plastic pipes
- To check out the opportunities and prospects for growth on the pipeline market
Aspects to be covered
- Pipe technologies
- Inspection of challenging pipelines
- Market issues
- Plastic pipeline solutions
- Innovation in materials
- Lasts developments
- Case studies
- Trenchless installation
- Maintenance and repair
- In-line inspection
- Pipe system and design modelling
- Operating costs
Target Market (but not limited to)
- Technology Officers
- Design Engineers
- Integrity Engineers
- Pipeline Original Equipment Manufacturers
- Pipe specifiers
- Structural and Stress Engineers
- Pipe and fittings manufacturers
- Piping engineers
- Pipeline inspectors
- Pipeline operators
- Civil engineers
- Maintenance engineers
- Technical engineers
- Pump station owners
- Process technicians
- Environmental assessors
- Venture capitalists and entrepreneurs
- Health and Safety Specialists
- State Enterprise Utilities
- Government Departments
It is Drones Conference time again, and the 2018 edition of the event will be off the hook. From exploring the commercial successes of drones as a business on the African continent, studying the acquired artificial intelligence of new drones which can take high quality pictures, videos and also be able to – for instance – spot dangers like sharks along busy beaches as well as people stranded in the water; How easy would your life as a lifeguard be along a resort beach if you had aerial support from drones that can do surveillance duties, look for people in distress, drop off emergency supplies like inflatable lifesavers, anchors, whistles and electromagnetic shark repellent devices? The deep-learning calibre of new drones has made them an integral part in heavy industry and other spheres of like which include search and rescue; health delivery and security.
Drones are also being tested to fly underground in mine shafts; a development which would improve mining safety and whose implementation would save a lot of lives in the mining and related work stations. Besides the usual popular cast of speakers, we have secured presenters from Datumate in Israel, who have vast experience in the use of drones for photogrammetry and in heavy industry. Our delegates deserve more; and we will have more for them again in 2018 – scheduled for the 28th and 29th of June 2018 at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre in Johannesburg, the Drones Conference 2018 will also run a workshop for mining and survey engineers, as well as security professionals.
All the smart technologies for drones and their contribution to the current wave of Industry 4.0 and smart factories will be discussed; and the scope of live demonstrations will be expanded.
PositionIT – the geoinformatics, surveying, constructionIT, miningIT, GIS, BIM, mapping, location intelligence and related spatial applications journal for Southern Africa – is a technical journal published by EE Publishers, in print and online www.ee.co.za eight times a year, serving these sectors and the wider target audience in Southern Africa.
The PositionIT publication provides a voice for the Geo-Information Society of South Africa (GISSA), the South African Geomatics Institute (SAGI), the Institute of Mine Surveyors of South Africa (IMS), and SAGC, the statutory registration body for surveyors and GIS practitioners.
In brief, each issue of PositionIT (published 8 times per annum) is circulated to over 4,300 ABC audited, named individuals responsible for procurement which include land surveyors, mine surveyors, engineering surveyors, photogrammetrists, remote sensing professionals, quantity surveyors, architects, civil, construction, mechanical, electrical and electronics engineers, certificated engineers, technologists and technicians, business analysts and consultants, city planners, township and infrastructure developers, central, provincial and local government engineers and planners, GIS and geo-informatics professionals in the engineering, electricity, water, gas and telecomms utilities, municipalities as well as suppliers and users of products, systems and services to these important sectors both public and private.
Criminal activities in the rural areas have seen an increase on a yearly basis. Recent statistics have shown a worrying trend where farm workers, farm owners and rural citizens have endured gruesome ordeals at the hands of criminals; to the extent that about 70 farms owners are estimated to have lost their lives in almost 400 farm crimes recorded in 2016. Thousands of livestock have also been stolen.
Security on the farms and surrounding rural areas needs to be enhanced so as to ensure that agricultural success can go on unimpeded. On the public side, public safety and security officers are duty-bound to protect the farms for national good and to allow for farm operations to run without risk. Privately, people living on the farms and in rural areas can do a lot to ensure that their lives are as safe as they can; there is a lot of safety and security technology that have been introduced in recent years, which can go a long way in helping local farms to stay safe.
But ultimately, it will be the fostering of closer ties between public and private security efforts that can help farmers sleep easier at night; and the Farm and Rural Security Conference is looking to achieve exactly that. Scheduled for the 15th of March 2018 at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre in Johannesburg, the conference seeks to explore the new innovations in security that can be applied to farming and rural areas, as well as public policies that can help prevent criminal behaviour in rural areas. While detective measures can always be undertaken to find perpetrators after a crime has been committed, this conference will discuss pro-active security measures whose aim is to save lives and property, as well as eradicate the scourge of crime from the farms.
As such, there will be presentations from policy makers, security professionals, as well as success stories that will help us chart the way to a safe and secure farming community in South Africa.
- To explore new security technologies for farming areas
- To discuss policy frameworks that would work for farms
- To examine the importance of rural areas in food security
- To map out ways of bringing farms and rural areas into the digital interconnected age
- Security Directors
- Farms owners
- Farm managers
- Security Managers
- Loss Control Officers
- Police officers
- Municipal managers
- Rural Safety campaigners
- Rural Community Leaders
- Farmers Associations
- Agriculture Agencies and Departments
- Rural Development Councils
- Security Companies
- Security Agencies
- Civil Society
- Government Departments
- Non-Government Organisations
- Social Workers
- Traditional leaders
Threats at airports today transcend national borders and affect the security and economic prosperity of the entire international community. This has seen security infrastructure being constantly revamped, to the effect that the global airport security market is predicted to more than double expenditure to around $45 billion by 2018 as investments in security and surveillance, access control, perimeter security, integration, cyber security and screening increase.
Large, busy airports attract unneeded attention as terror magnets, and the task of protecting the airport and to reassure the traveling public falls on airport security. Security measures have been taken, which include food outlets using plastic utensils to prevent metal from being used as weapons, fibre optic perimeters for real-time monitoring of the perimeter fences to check for intruders; among many other security measures aimed at ensuring that hurtful objects to do make it into the plane or into the country.
Against this background, the Airport Security Conference will again bring together actors in the industry to share and discuss the impact of changing security regulations as well as showcasing how they are implementing leaner, state of the art systems to increase security as well as enhancing passenger experience. As airports get busier by the day; it is estimated that at least 5billlion travellers have passed through security check points at airports since 2010 – there have been calls for smarter checks that are faster and more effective at the same time – far removed from the “one-size-fits-all” approach that screened every passenger the same, to one that employs a more thoughtful and effective, risk-based, intelligence-driven model. In the USA, children 12 years and younger, and senior citizens above 75 will pass security faster because they are considered a less security risk than the rest of the travellers.
The conference will also explore the latest security technologies employed at airports and how security intelligence has fared against the constantly changing security trends that involve looking for drugs and related contraband, bomb and terror threats, robberies, among other crimes that criminals conjure up. By their very nature, airports present great planning, operational and security challenges, balancing the need to move people and goods swiftly and efficiently, yet with ever-increasing levels of security and safety.
- To provide a world-class platform for the continuous improvement of airport planning, design and operations
- To learn about latest innovations in airport security technology.
- Learn about the latest safety products, practices and principles and their application.
- Network with industry leaders, professionals and stakeholders.
- To improve airport effectiveness and cultivate flexibility for the sustained growth of airport operations
- Airport Management
- Operational Planning
- Security Policy
- Risk Management
- Threat Assessment
- Emergency Planning
- Crisis Management
- Surveillance Systems
- Behavioural Analytics
- Accident Investigation
- Security Training
- People Development
- Human Factors
- Ground Handling
- Evacuation Planning
- Security Inspections & Audits
- Security Directors
- Head of Operations and Security
- Lead Security Officers
- Security Managers
- Security Analysts
- Security Contractors
- Surveillance systems specialists
- Travel Agents
In an ideal world, all waste in the world would be prevented. Sadly, current realities point to a different fact – the consumption habits of the modern consumer are causing a huge worldwide waste problem. Our farms, rural areas, cities and seas are clogged with waste products that are threatening the very life fabric of our environment. South Africa alone churned about half a billion kilogrammes of waste in each of the last two years, with little being brought back into circulation. Besides, there are a number of third world countries that have provided a haven for export waste from rich countries that have overfilled their landfills.
But there is a way out of this waste mess, and most traditional methods have pointed to waste products being disposed of, reduced, recycled, reused or recovered. Then there is the option of Waste-to-Energy – the process of generating energy in the form of electricity and/or heat from the primary treatment of waste. This has been slow in taking root in South Africa, but in other parts of the world, alternative energy companies are developing new ways to recycle waste by generating electricity from landfill waste and pollution, thereby creating completely circular economies where virtually nothing is lost as waste.
Locally, waste-to-energy plants are slowly cropping up, and this is an encouraging sign in the fight to keep waste products off the landfill by 2030. LafargeHolcim has been one of the industry leaders in this vein, erecting a recycle kiln that has been making strides turning waste into useful energy and bi-products for its cement plants. At other waste-recovery complexes, most Waste-to-Energy processes produce electricity and/or heat directly through combustion, or produce a combustible fuel commodity, such as methane, methanol, ethanol or synthetic fuels.
Against this background, the 2018 edition of the Waste-to-Energy Conference seeks to gather thought papers on measures that can be taken to fast-track the circular economy bandwagon. At the conference, latest waste-to-energy conversion technologies and systems that include thermal (Gasification, Thermal depolymerization and Pyrolysis) and non-thermal (Anaerobic digestion, Fermentation and Mechanical biological treatment) means will be discussed.
There is an array of latest solutions that can be applied to the waste problem before we turn to landfills, and these will also be explored at the conference. Government officials, heavy industry leaders, climate change and environmental conservation campaigners are among many prospective attendees that will benefit from the event; which will be held on the 22nd and 23rd of March 2018 at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
Over the years, constant and consistent technological innovations have revolutionised the Financial Services sector globally. FinTech is described as the use of software to offer financial services. In this regard, these services are not only restricted to mobile phones but as well go as far as currency exchange as well as mobile wallets.
This innovation has a key focus on “disruption”. Due to the fact that there offer similar services to banks shows how far they have gone in embracing technology and have changed the game. It is however interesting to note that banks (Globally) have also stepped up in their quest to remain relevant as their actions are crucial because it determines their relevance.
Collaboration among the Financial Services units has been a key theme over the years as there is an intrinsic need for the two to work hand in hand. This Summit seeks to unpack the South African/African Fintech ecosystem, funding, growth opportunities. Global best practices for FinTech’s, impact of Bitcoin, Block Chain and Cyber Security, employment creation and next generation Banking are other aspects that will be covered in this summit.
As the world get smaller and smaller, thanks to advancement in technology that has seen people getting interconnected in virtually all spheres of life, there has been a massive rise in innovations that have disrupted the way people previously conducted business.
In this venture, insurance as an industry has not been spared. Insurers who wish to remain current or start innovating to stay ahead should be experimenting with the many ways in which the innovations can simplify the way insurance business is done. With the reality of technology in place, there is a need for the insurance industry to claim its place in the face of this inevitable wave of worldwide disruption.
The answer, obviously, lies in insurance companies investing in technology. Wearable technologies are one example; now people can monitor their blood pressure and other health concerns by just looking at a watch on their wrist or a bracelet on their ankle. In future, a chip inserted in your skin my reveal your whole medical history. A life assurance or funeral cover organisation can take advantage of this technology and provide health monitoring devices to help clients stick to healthy habits.
There are other advantages for insurance companies to embrace the latest advancements in technology:
- Use it to keep track of things, big and small
- Think of ways to make the insurance technology available to people at affordable costs.
- Technology (big data) brings insurers closer to their clients
- Replace legacy communication channels with anywhere, any-time communication.
Besides, the data gained from such intimate engagements with clients is invaluable, and insurance companies can use it to make future decisions and plans that are based on sound research and knowledge of their client base. It also helps in predicting future disruptive technologies and making the necessary advancement measures.
Of course, there are regulatory and ethical factors to consider when adopting such innovations; but there is no question that various technologies have disrupted and will disrupt the way insurance is carried out in all its entirety – vehicle insurance, life assurance, health insurance, underwriting and all other spheres of an insurer’s life. The intricacies and eventualities of such will be discussed at the Disruptive Technologies in Insurance Conference; scheduled for the 23rd and 24th of November, 2017 at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre.
- Discuss major areas of disruption in insurance
- Measure impact of disruptive technologies on insurance
- Estimate the impact on the workforce
- Examine the state or readiness of insurance companies in the face of disruption
- Discuss the availability and accessibility of infrastructure that enables the easy adoption of latest technological advancements
- Explore the future of insurance in an increasingly advanced world
- Outline the regulatory framework surrounding the new technologies
- HR and Training Managers
- Actuarial scientists
- Technology Officers
- Risk Managers
- Business Development Executives
- Re-Insurance Experts
- Insurance Brokers
There is no doubt that the uptake of generators and standby power is increasing as companies aim to address the interrupted grid energy supply. This is despite the generator industry facing various challenges owing to the struggling south African economy. The increase in this uptake can be attributed to poor maintenance of ageing substations, unstable transformers, cable theft and overloading on the national power grid amongst other reasons.
With the construction and mining sectors being the biggest spenders on generators and standby power, scaling back on equipment and big projects spending has been noted in these sectors. This has impacted negatively on the output from these sectors.
Traditional standard generators remain a standard solution for most companies in the country although other alternative sources of energy are being explored. Various innovations in the generators and standby power are gaining momentum with the aim to address the issues of power supply.
While the generators and standby power alternatives are coming in handy in the country, issues such as health and safety, compliance, installation regulations, maintenance are still hot issues that require continuous discussions.
It is against this background that this conference has been organised. Various issues affecting the generators and standby power subject will be discussed. Topics willinclude, technological developments in generators as backup energy suppliers, importing of generators, risk factors in generators and standby power and mitigation plans amongst other topics. This is a must attend event to all those interested in the alternative standby power.
The demand for information management specialists has been one of the fastest growing occupations in the world in recent times. Software corporations such as Software AG, Oracle, IBM,Microsoft, SAP, EMC, HP and Dell have spent more than $15 billion on software firms and jobs; thanks to the exabytes of data that might have lain idle had somebody not paused to take a second look and ventured into the process of analysing how all this information could beneficial to organisations. The challenge of big data has been with us for as long as man started collecting information. As data accumulated – whether in physical or digital form – questions soon arose as to the storage, analysis, curation, search, sharing, transfer, visualization, querying, updating and privacy.
Corporations, government organisations, media organisations;among several institutions; possess large amounts of information on the people and other organisations they conduct business with. The internet and mobile phone boom has ushered in the Information Age, where organisations have found themselves saddled with humongous amounts of data, which a few years ago they would have no idea what to do with. But by the turn of the millennium, software – Hadoop, Spark, Pig and Hive among the popular ones – was engineered which could simplify the data into meaningful text that could be manipulated to influence policy formulation in organisations. Businesses realised that they could analyse the data they had gathered over the years to determine client behaviour and hence make business decisions that were in line with their clients’ desires.
That is because the importance of big data doesn’t revolve around how much data an organisation has, but what it does with it. Data can be analysed to find answers that enable cost and time reductions, new product development and optimised offerings, and smart decision making. Besides, when big data is combined with high-powered analytics, organisations can accomplish
business-related tasks such as:
- Determining root causes of failures, issues and defects in near-real time.
- Generating coupons at the point of sale based on the customer’s buying habits.
- Recalculating entire risk portfolios in minutes.
- Detecting fraudulent behaviour before it affects organisations.
First world nations like the USA have set up government departments to look at big data because they value how the information gleaned would help them better serve their citizens in spheres of life that include health, social security, demographics,finance, education and general service delivery. It would be prudent for our own South African local government, corporates and business organisations to take advantage of the data sets they have at the disposal to serve the people better.
Equipping the data analytics personnel with the right skills would be paramount in achieving this goal.
It was for this cause that the Big Data Analytics Conference was organised. Set for the 3rd and 4th of August 2017 at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre in Johannesburg, the conference seeks to pool together data experts, decision makers, data scientists, data engineers and policy makers; to discuss trends in data mining, analysis and processing for the benefit of a business.
At the conference, attendees will undergo a hands-on experience on the approaches to data capture, analysis and processing and conversion into information that would help organisations make informed decisions about policy, future direction and product development.
The conference will run under the theme, Transforming the World through intelligent, Data-driven Operations.
- Chief Information Officers
- Chief Data Officers
- Data Architects
- Data Analysts
- Data Scientists
- Data Steward
- Database Administrators
- Information Architects
- Metadata Modeler
- Chief Data Officer
- Data Modelers
- Researchers and Students
- Information Security Specialists
- IT Directors and Managers
- Database Administrators
- Cloud Technology Experts
- Application Developers
- Software Engineers
- Technology Specialists
- Project Managers
- Business Directors and Managers
- Software developers
- Business Development Executives
- Business Intelligence Professionals
- Advertising executives
- Health Practitioners
- Education professionals
- Media Practitioners
- Retail professionals
- Telecommunications Specialists
- Real Estate Managers
- Banking and Finance Executives
- Data Governance Managers
- Key Account Managers
- Account Managers
- Government Organisations
- Finance and Banking
- Telecommunications and Media
- Information Technology
- Transport and Logistics
- Advertising and Marketing
- Non-Government Organisations
- Wholesale and Retail
- Health and Medicine