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Data is Now the Most Valuable Resource in the World!
Jesse Piburn (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) recently announced in his presentation: "Decision Advantage: Predictive Analytics in Geospatial Intelligence - Why Data is Now the Most Valuable Resource in the World"

The most valuable resource in the world is no longer oil, it's data. Like oil, data in its raw form is valuable not for what it is, but what we can turn it into. For geospatial intelligence, data and predictive analytics can facilitate an increase in situational awareness and allow analyst to have access to more information than ever before, but it is no panacea (solution or remedy for all challenges). Along with solutions it brings with it new issues we must contend with as a tradecraft. Predictive analytics is an extraordinarily powerful tool to help us find new answers. It is however crucial that we ask the right questions and use the right tools to get to the answers?
What everybody has been waiting for - Create point clouds with Global Mapper!
Introduced with Global Mapper version 19 - release of the LiDAR Module, this powerful tool creates a high-density 3D point cloud from an array of overlapping images, such as those collected by UAVs. Based on the principles of photogrammetry, the process identifies objects in multiple images and from multiple perspectives to generate the point cloud. As a by-product of the point generation process, the Pixels-to-Points tool can create an orthorectified image, which effectively stitches the images together and adjusts them to reflect the inherent three-dimensional coordinates.
Join SMC Synergy as Global Mapper Resellers in Africa
SMC Synergy is actively seeking for Global Mapper Reseller Partners in Africa. Please contact us to discuss the details of this great opportunity to sell and provide support to this amazing GIS software.
Global Mapper v.19 released
SMC Synergy is pleased to announce the release of Global Mapper version 19. With numerous functional improvements and performance enhancements throughout the application, the version 19 release is further evidence of Global Mapper's growing reputation as a viable alternative to traditional GIS software. Highlights of this release include a powerful new attribute editor; a new tool for dynamically adjusting the light source position for hillshade rendering; and drag and drop docking functionality for improved multi-view window management.
SMC Synergy attended the UNCCD COP 13 Meeting in China as part of the NEPAD delegation
SMC Synergy attended the UNCCD COP 13 Meeting from 11 to 15 September 2017 in Ordos, China as part of the NEPAD delegation. Dirk Pretorius as secretary of the AfriOCAT management group presented an overview of the WOCAT Programme and progress with the establishment of AfriOCAT during a side event on 14 September. Guest speakers included: Dr. Paul Elvis Tangem (African Union) and Dr. Dennis Garrity (ICRAF) - the moderator for the event was Dr. Philippe Eric Dardel (World Bank). One of the main points raised during the event was the role AfriOCAT had to play in demonstrating the value of the WOCAT programme/tools in SLM in Africa.
3D Digitizing functionality in Global Mapper v18
With the release of Global Mapper v18 the 3D View include new 3D digitizing and editing functionality, including the option to snap to existing 3D points, lines, or polygons. This new function will be extremely useful for soil and terrain-unit mapping.

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Global Mapper Advanced Training AND LiDAR Module, Midrand, Gauteng
Another successful training event was hosted by SMC Synergy at the Protea Hotel in Midrand, this time the Advanced Training on Global Mapper also included the first training event in South Africa on ...


Geo-spatial Information for Conservation - an indispensable Tool
Conservation and Environmental management is increasingly dependent on quality Geo-spatial information. Whilst the initial use of maps had political and economic resource exploitation objectives, ...


Monitoring of Invasive Species - Water Hyacinth Infestation (WHI)
Monitoring of Invasive Species - Water Hyacinth Infestation (WHI)
The Hartbeespoortdam (near Pretoria) is a well-known landmark and weekend destination for many outdoor enthusiasts. Unfortunately ...


Crowd-sourcing projects: Mapping the distribution of bird species
Crowd-sourcing projects: Mapping the distribution of bird species
The Second Southern African Bird Atlas Project (SABAP2) is the most important bird conservation project in the region. Many other ...


SMC Synergy attending the WOCAT meeting in Cali, Colombia
Dirk Pretorius from SMC Synegy attended the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) Symposium and Network Meeting in Cali, Colombia. The meeting hosted by CIAT focused on ...


Bushmon - Bush Expert Project Management System
SMC Synergy developed Bushmon (Bush Expert Project Management System) for the North West University as part of a bush encroachment project funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs. The ...


SMC Synergy at the ISRSE 37 in Tshwane
SMC Synergy (Dirk and Renier) attended the 37th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE-37) in Tshwane, South Africa from 8 to 12 May 2017. The theme was “Earth Observation ...


Bush Expert Workshop at the North West University
SMC Synergy participated in the Bush Expert workshop held at the North West University from 28 to 29 March 2017. Professor Klaus Kellner (project leader) arranged the workshop to facilitate the ...


WOCAT/LADA Land Degradation Assesment methodology used to map land degradation for the proposed Ntabelanga dam
SMC Synergy used the WOCAT/LADA Land Degradation Mapping methodology to map the occurrence of gully erosion, loss of topsoil, river bank erosion and possible occurrence of alien vegetation species in ...


SMC Synergy presented progress with the Intermon system to DEA
Dirk Pretorius from SMC Synergy presented a progress report on the development of the Intermon System at a DEA NRM project meeting held at SANBI on the 7th of March 2017. His presentation included ...


Global Mapper in Mining
Teams from Sibanye Platinum and United Drones in training - SMC Synergy working on honing the workflow that will save cost and improve productivity of their operations. Global Mapper is the system of ...


Global Mapper - DSM to DTM conversion
The LiDAR module of Global Mapper was recently successfully used to extract a Digital Terrain Model (DTM) from Digital Surface Model (DSM) data. Crops on a centre pivot created problems in the ...


Intermon - a system to assist DEA to capture information on NRM interventions
SMC Synergy developed a web based system to collect information on interventions by the Natural Resource Management (NRM) Programmes of the Department of Environmental Affairs. Intermon enables NRM ...


SMC Synergy collaborate with NWU and MMU on bush encroachment project for DEA
In October 2016 SMC Synergy joined forces with researchers from the School of Biological Sciences (North West University - NWU Potchefstroom) and the School of Science & the Environment ...


Global Mapper Advanced Training in KZN completed
Another Advanced Training on Global Mapper was completed in Mount Edgecombe, KZN. (7-9 February 2017). This was the 7th event facilitated by SMC Synergy in Africa. Participants were mostly from the ...


WOCAT Symposium, 17th WOCAT Network and Steering Committee meeting in Feldafing, Germany - 8 to 13 June 2015
Dirk Pretorius attended the WOCAT Symposium, Network and Steering Committee Meeting in Germany during June 2015. The 2015 annual WOCAT event opened with the WOCAT Symposium, which called for ...


TRAINING AND CAPACITY BUILDING IN AFRICA
The Global Mapper Product suite provides opportunities for a variety of applications. The SMC Synergy team understands the important role of training, it forms part of our "whole ...


Visit to WOCAT
Dirk (SMC Synergy) and Carin Pretorius (CEIT Development) visited the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) at the University of Bern during February 2015. The meeting was conducted with Dr. ...


Visit to the ISRIC
Dirk Pretorius visited the International Soil Reference and Information Centre (ISRIC) in Wageningen, Netherlands during February 2015. He met with Dr. Godert van Lynden to discuss the ...


Data capturing with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV - drones)
SMC Synergy partnered with Dynamic Objectiv during 2014 to strengthen its data capturing capabilities with the aid of Unmanned Aerial Aircrafts (UAV). Dynamic Objektiv has invested more than 3 years ...


SMC Synergy appointed as independent contractor by DEA
SMC Synergy was appointed as independent contractor by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in September 2014 to assist with the planning, management, control and implementation of various ...