The Midlands State University’s Faculty of Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) and Scientific Industrial and Research Development Centre, recently held a five-day short course on GIS and Remote Sensing for Mining at the MSU Zvishavane Campus.
The short course, facilitated by the Director of the Geo-Information and Remote Sensing Institute (GRSI) at SIRDC, Dr Karin S Murwira, ran from the 23rd to the 27th of September 2019 and drew participants from Mimosa, Unki, Zimplats, ZCDC among others.
The short course was part of ongoing efforts by the Royal Academy of Engineering and Scientific Industrial and Research Development Centre to support engineering professionals, academics and students, with knowledge transfer partnerships, over and above, fostering public engagement in the engineering fraternity.
The course sought to unpack GIS and Remote Sensing applications in the mining sector. The content included theory and computer-based practical exercises on GIS for geology, exploration and mining applications, coordinates systems and map-projections used in Zimbabwe, GNSS and georeferenced field data collection, remote sensing of geology and data analysis as well as map design.
The coordinator, Dr Murwira is one of the pioneers of Hyperspectral Remote Sensing. As early as 1996, while doing her MSc degree, she undertook an airborne hyperspectral remote sensing campaign of the Masai Mara grassland, while at the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC).
In his remarks, the Executive Dean of Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering, Dr Antony Mamuse said, ‘the course is part of a bigger project funded by Royal Academy of Engineering in Britain aimed at grooming world-class engineers from a young age. As a University, we are driven by the vision to empower and create wealth in communities through collaborations with various local and international stakeholders. The short course is one of our many efforts to speak to this vision as we look forward to a continued working relationship with the Royal Academy of Engineering and Scientific Industrial and Research Development Centre.’
The short course programme was capped with the awarding of certificates to participants by the Executive Dean on the 27th of September 2019.