Invitation – surveying and craic – Mar 31 2013

The CSIG Lough Derg Team invite you to experience surveying with a hands-on demonstration and real survey work.

You can join them in their cruisers or on the new Derg Branch workboat, converted for survey and other types of work.  Brian Wilson and Fergal Kerney will be running this initiative, as part of the Lough Derg Branch CIC over the Easter weekend.

The plan, amongst other activities, is to survey the Scariff River and if weather permits, to chase down those nasty, nasty bits around the Middle Ground.  An opportunity not to be missed and you get to join in with the craic on the Scariff CIC as well.

Your finds will likely be charted forever more, so you can tell your kids and grandkids, “see that, I found that!”

Les Saunders, CSIG PRO warns, “This can get very infectious, so have the grass cut before you start!”

Contact Fergal in advance, if you plan to come.

Carrick-on-Shannon presentation and support – Mar 16 2013

There were around 50 attendees at the recent Carrick-on-Shannon Branch meeting when Graham Liddy and Les Saunders presented the CSIG aims and progress to date.  It was a very enthusiastic, attentive and interactive audience.

The CSIG are delighted with the cheque presented at the meeting and the Branch’s commitment to additional funding over the next two years.

More information on how our Equipment Officer plans on spending this money will be added here soon.

Thank you to all members of the Carrick-on-Shannon Branch.

Charts and Lough Ree RNLI – Jan 22 2013

The Sub Aqua Club in Athlone once again proved an ideal location for a CSIG presentation to the local RNLI Lough Ree Station volunteers on February 22nd. The event was well supported with 22 people in attendance to listen to Pat McManus, the CSIG’s Lough Ree expert, talk about what the CSIG had achieved on the lake to date, and what it hoped to achieve in the future. Pat’s presentation included a number of images and charts from the work of the past year, and included a chart with a longitude and latitude grid on it –a CSIG first and one especially constructed for the evening by CSIG mappers at the request of the RNLI.

The evening was a great success, and the RNLI expressed an intention to continue to work with Pat, with a long-term goal of breaking the lake into charts of six separate ‘operational zones’ and a number of smaller pilot charts.

Liam Sheringham of Lough Ree RNLI wrote thanking Pat for an excellent and very informative presentation.  He stated “Your charts, especially the small pilot charts, are excellent and will be invaluable to our lifeboat for navigating off the main channel. I will be meeting with our crew soon to discuss what we exactly need in terms of dividing the lake into 6 operational zones with bearing and leading lines and a lat/long grid!”

© G Byford

RNLI presentation – © G Byford

Successful Day in Athlone – Jan 19 2013

Over thirty people attended the CSIG Presentation at the Athlone Sub Aqua Club’s premises on Saturday Jan 19th.  The attendees learnt about how to survey, capture bathymetry information, analyse the results and produce charts.

The meeting, convened to disseminate information, also brought everyone up to date on the CSIG’s progress over the past year and how the equipment recently purchased is being used.

The CSIG thanks the Athlone Sub Aqua Club for allowing the meeting to take place in their excellent clubhouse and the CSIG Catering Crew who provided delicious food and hot beverages for the participants throughout the day.

Some of the attendees at the presentation - by C Byrne

More photos of attendees at the event can be seen in the Gallery section