The main focus of the Geo-modelling research group is twofold:
- The development and deployment of technology platforms for the assembly, analysis and sharing of strategic geospatial information
- The application of these platforms - together with customised spatial analysis or geo-modelling tools - to address domain-specific spatial profiling, forecasting and planning problems.
In recent years the specific application domains included the following:
Although the geo-modelling research group has a fairly small staff complement - located both on the main campus in Pretoria and in the CSIR's Stellenbosch office - the group has tended to operate in the form of a collaborative network, with many collaborators drawn from other research groups and competency areas within the CSIR, universities (notably the University of Stellenbosch and Utrecht University) and the private sector.
A good example of such collaborative work is the SA Geospatial Analysis Platform (GAP), on which more information can be found at www.gapweb.co.za.
- the mapping of South Africa's spatial economy (work undertaken for the South African Presidency and the dti)
- spatial profiling in support of provincial spatial development frameworks and/or growth and development strategies
- accessibility profiling and the planning of good locations for new or upgraded facilities (such as schools, clinics, police stations, etc)
- prediction and management of urban growth.