UK Cave Technology Symposium 2010
This event is now confirmed as taking place. Initial info is given below. A more detailed programme will be posted here later.
9am to 5pm, Saturday 17 April, Horton-in-Ribblesdale Village Hall, North Yorkshire, UK. Admission discount for BCRA members.
As usual, this one-day symposium - organised by BCRA’s special interest groups CREG and CSG - coincides with the Cave Surveying Group's spring field meeting, which will take place on the Sunday. If you need overnight accommodation, CSG has reserved some beds at the YSS at Helwith Bridge. Please contact Allan Richardson. (See BCRA events diary
for contact details).
The Saturday symposium will start at around 9am. Tea and coffee will be available during the day, and you will be able to get lunch in the pub. It is expected that the outdoor equipment manufacturer Beast Products
will be selling gear on site.
A programme will be posted to the BCRA News forum in advance of the event. Talks are expected to include the new Nicola 3 radio, Loran, resistivity measurements, caver counters in Ogof Draenen, and a discussion of 'old' caving technology. On surveying there will cave mapping online with tiles, a Therion update and more. On Saturday evening there will be the opportunity to look in more detail at the techniques for tiling surveys on top of online mapping / aerial photos, following on from the talk at the symposium.
CSG Field Meeting
On the Sunday, the Cave Surveying Group will be looking at the new craze of fully-electronic surveying with DistoX and PDAs. You will be able to try out the kit, learn the techniques and find out the pros and cons, before forking out for your own kit (most people who try it do...). We will also look at the process of turning the results into real surveys and we will be doing some experiments on the technique of generating surveys from video camera footage, in order to determine whether this technique is practical for low-budget cavers. The more lights, cameras, expertise and computing facilities that people can bring for this, the better. Training in any aspect of surveying is available if you ask in advance (so we can bring the relevant kit and get someone who knows how to use it). All survey-related tasks are of interest so if you have something you want to show or discuss, do please bring it along.
As noted above - if you want to reserve accommodation at the YSS you must contact Allan Richardson. CSG has block-booked but there are only a limited number of places. Don't forget to bring food - or go to the pub. Tell Wookey if you want training, or have ideas for things to do, or will bring stuff to play with. (See BCRA events diary
for contact details).