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SMC Synergy collaboration with the North-West University
SMC Synergy is currently collaborating with the North-West University (NWU - School of Biological Sciences) on a bush encroachment project (funded by DEA NRM) as well as training of students in the use of GIS in environmental projects. We are also assisting the University in the development of Bush Expert - a cloud based Bush Encroachment Project Management System. The system was recently demonstrated to the De-bushing Advisory Service (DAS) that is supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Windhoek, Namibia. An Advanced Global Mapper GIS training course was presented to post graduate students at the School of Biological Sciences during April 2018. The training included a module on the processing of field data captured by means of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) - creation/rectification of ortho-photo mosaics and point clouds.
Global Mapper Training - 23 to 27 April - ACGT from the Congo
Another successful Global Mapper advanced training event was hosted by SMC Synergy at the City Lodge Hotel (Lynnwood Bridge) in Pretoria. The training course presented by Renier Balt included an introduction to the new Pixel to Point functionality of Global Mapper. This useful module enable users to generate point clouds from unmanned aerial vehicles (drones). The training was presented to delegates of the Agence Congolaise Des Grands Travaux (ACGT).
New SMC Office in George
SMC Synergy moved one of our offices from the Northwest Province to George in the southern Cape. We will be able to service our clients in this area more directly, in addition to the online support we provide all over Africa.

All support, services and training continued seamlessly, and we are happy to broaden our footprint of service and visibility.

If you want a discussion face to face at our new location, please give us a call and we can arrange a meeting.

Call Renier at 082-4607069
SMC Synergy at the SANSA Space for National Development Week
SMC Synergy attended the Space for National Development Week that was hosted by SANSA. Dirk Pretorius presented an overview of remote sensing needs for the Natural Resource Management Programme of the Department of Environmental Affairs.
The following recommendations (remote sensing needs) were listed:
- Access to historical as well as “in-time” data e.g. SPOT archive
- SAR fractional canopy cover (PALSAR & Sentinel 1)
- High resolution data (Pleiades, WorldView 2 etc.)




Data should be accessible through:

  •  Web map Service (all historical data as well as newly ordered images)
  •  Maps API (maps for application development - e.g. Intermon) - time series analysis, change detection, basic processing (NDVI etc.)

SMC Synergy assisting DEA NRM programmes to capture rehabilitation interventions in the WOCAT SLM database
SMC Synergy is currently assisting the Department of Environmental Affairs (NRM programmes) to capture successful rehabilitation projects in the global WOCAT database. Japie Buckle (DEA) and Dirk Pretorius (SMC) started capturing the reshaping of gully erosion in the Mapungubwe National Park as well as ponding in the Mount Fletcher area by means of the WOCAT technology questionnaire. The capturing on information regarding rehabilitation projects will be one of the priorities for DEA with the main objective to share and spread valuable knowledge in land management, support evidence-based decision-making and scale up identified good practices, thereby contributing to preventing and reducing land degradation and to restoring degraded land. The following information is captured for these projects:



    - General information
    - Description of the technology
    - Classification of the technology
    - Natural and human environment
    - Impacts on ecosystem services
    - Reference to other projects
WOCAT Director visit SA
SMC Synergy hosted Prof Hanspeter Liniger (Director of WOCAT - World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies) who is visiting South Africa. We started this with a quick tour of The Nash Nature Reserve - right in the heart of Cradle of humankind. It is an exceptional Nature Reserve, close to the busy centre of Gauteng, and preparations were done for a Field Survey next week. The drone surveys will be imported and processed with the newly available tools in Global Mapper LiDAR Module: the "Pixel to Point Tool, and newly released 3D Mesh Creation function.

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Monitoring of Invasive Species - Water Hyacinth Infestation (WHI)
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Crowd-sourcing projects: Mapping the distribution of bird species
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Bush Expert Workshop at the North West University
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Global Mapper Advanced Training in KZN completed
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WOCAT Symposium, 17th WOCAT Network and Steering Committee meeting in Feldafing, Germany - 8 to 13 June 2015
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Visit to WOCAT
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Visit to the ISRIC
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