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The Irish Concrete Society recently launched their 2018 Fundamentals of Concrete Technology course. Commencing on the 7th of September in UCD the course provides participants with essential information on concrete technology and construction. The programme includes two half-days of lectures and a half-day on site, time also spent in a civil engineering laboratory carrying out some common tests.

The course, which was developed by members of the Society, is delivered by experienced professionals from industry and academia. Since its introduction in 2012 over 200 Architects, consulting engineers, site engineers and construction professionals have attended and gained a practical and an invaluable introduction to a material used on all construction projects.


Bluesky Captures First Ultra High Resolution Aerial Survey Images of Dublin

Cork, 14 August 2018 – Aerial mapping company Bluesky Ireland has captured the first ever 12.5 centimetre resolution aerial photography coverage of the whole of the Greater Dublin area. Covering a total of 1,850 square kilometres the imagery is so detailed road markings, street furniture and property boundaries are all easily visible and is accurate for use in Geographical Information System (GIS) and desktop mapping software. In another first for the Republic of Ireland, the data is also being made available through a dedicated WMS (Web Mapping Service), allowing users to stream the imagery directly into their GIS or other compatible software.
“This is a first for Ireland and is a result of the hard work and persistence of the Bluesky Ireland team to capture what is quite a difficult area to fly due to air traffic restrictions,” commented Rachel Tidmarsh, Managing Director of Bluesky International. “As the data is processed it will be delivered to clients under existing contracts and will be available online at www.bluesky-world.ie where visitors can search for, view and download their choice of data.”  


Transport Trends 2018

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, has today welcomed the Transport Trends 2018 document published by his Department, setting out the latest developments within the transport sector from available data and statistics.

Minister Ross said the report ‘Transport Trends – An Overview of Ireland’s Transport Sector’ demonstrates strong and continued growth across the various transport domains in Ireland, including public transport use, aviation and maritime traffic, and freight volumes.

“An additional 16 million public transport journeys last year, record numbers travelling through Irish airports, a 19% rise in cruise ship passengers and a 5% increase in goods handled by our ports are all signs of a thriving economy,” he said.

“We will continue investing in transport infrastructure to ensure that this growth continues and that workers can get to their jobs, tourists can get to every corner of the country, and goods can be shipped all over the world. Developing from the National Development Plan, our ambitious new investment plan, ‘Linking People and Places’ will deliver close to €25bn in investment in Ireland’s transport and tourism infrastructure over the next 10 years.”


Tellus Embarks on Seventh Year of National Survey: First Flight Takes off over counties Limerick, Tipperary and Cork

The Tellus Survey – a nationwide programme of the Geological Survey Ireland, which collects geochemical and geophysical data on rocks, soil and water across Ireland – has officially embarked on its seventh year as its survey plane takes off this year over counties Limerick, Tipperary and Cork.

To collect this data, an aircraft equipped with state-of-the-art geophysical technology will be flying the skies at low heights over Counties Limerick, north Tipperary and west Cork from July until the end of 2018 (weather permitting). The aircraft is a white, twin propeller plane, which is easily identified by its red tail and black stripe as well as the word ‘SURVEY’ and registration number C-GSGF written across both sides of the plane.


Time is running out to have your say on daylight savings

Remembering to set your alarm clock an hour later or earlier twice a year and the confusion that ensues could soon be a thing of the past as the European Commission has launched a public consultation on whether the daylights savings time should be kept or scrapped.

But time is not on your side - people only have until Thursday, August 16th to have their say in the consultation that was requested by citizens across the EU.

The practice of putting the clocks forward by an hour between March and October is decades old in the majority of EU member states, with the European body requiring that the clocks are changed twice per year to cater to the changing patterns of daylight and to take advantage of the available daylight in a given period.


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