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Posted - 19/02/2008 :  20:56:19  Show Profile
PRESS RELEASE - 4 Feb 2008

The UK GEOForum members met in The Thompson Room at UCL on Thursday, 31 January 2008. There were representatives from the, BCS, CCS, IMTA, GA, RIN, RSPSoc and TSA (The Survey Association).
Apologies were received from AGI, BARSC, GA, ICA, THS, RGS, RICS, SoC (Society of Cartographers) and UKCC.

The TSA and SoC are new members of the UK GEOForum and it is hoped that the Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) will join in the near future.

The RIN reported that they had formed a new SIG covering eLORAN, the long range navigation aid. The system provides 10m accuracy and is regarded by many as a very useful backup to GPS since eLORAN signals can be received in tunnels, urban canyons and forests where GPS signals are often unavailable. Industry will likely develop combined GPS/eLORAN receivers.
For more information see http://www.vtplc.com press releases.

The UK GEOForum website is working well. However, there is a need to put information about the Annual Lecture on the home page. The RIN is trialling podcasts of notable lectures on its new website, hopefully with the associated powerpoint presentations in due course. The BCS will be launching its new website on 5 February. The TSA is using a polling system to get feedback from its members on a variety of issues. TSA has set up a junior website to encourage youngsters to consider becoming surveyors. See: http://www.becomeasurveyor.co.uk

The GI Strategy Paper has been replaced by a new paper, Place Matters: A Location Strategy. Following a PQ in the House of Commons it was stated that the new paper would be made generally available in the near future.

The 2008 Annual UK GEOForum Lecture on ‘The OneGeology Project’ was given by Ian Jackson from BGS on 31 January in the Christopher Ingold Chemistry Lecture at UCL. The aim of the Project is to encourage as many organisations around the globe as possible to make their geological data through a portal at a scale of 1:1m or larger. So far over 70 organisations have joined the project and others continuing to join at a rate of about one each week. See: http://www.onegeology.com


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