CSIG – Charts Special Interest Group

Welcome to the CSIG website.

Members of the Charts Special Interest Group (CSIG) are working together to deliver a new set of charts for the rivers, lakes and canals of Ireland with the aim of making the waterways safer and more enjoyable for everyone.  Achieving this goal involves carrying out depth surveys, analysing data, adding location knowledge and then producing electronic charts from the resulting information.

The CSIG is a cooperative of members from all branches of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI).  The CSIG also collaborates with others who are interested in what we are doing, including archaeologists, historians, rescue services, sub-aqua groups, leisure users and communities along the waterways.

Work began with one small team in 2011 and has since expanded to include several teams surveying different waterways or gathering information. The diverse skills required are passed on to new members at training and one-to-one practical sessions. Finance to underwrite this endeavour comes from our members and from several branches of the IWAI. 

This year, 2019, we commence our eighth year of what we envisioned back at the start, as a ten-year programme.   Over the past few years, we have released Beta versions of the charts to our Test Group.  The charts now cover the Shannon, the Ernes, Lough Neagh, the Newry Ship Canal, the Rivers Barrow, Nore and Suir and the Grand Canal and Royal Canal.  Our work this year will entail a new release of the Royal Canal charts and updates to the rest of the waterways received from our band of testers.  

To understand more about the work of the CSIG, take a look at the Section “From our PRO” and and if you would like to get involved with this exciting, worthwhile and enjoyable project, e-mail us at charts-info@iwai.ie.