We made our way to Room 446 for half nine. We were introduced to the organisers and other students, and we listened to our schedule for the week. We also learned all about different professions within the area of surveying. We then began participating in ice breaker activities, which got us talking to each other. Afterwards, we were shown where to find the canteen for coffee breaks and lunch. After break, we had several different speakers talking to us about different aspects of DIT. Helen told us about different services they offer students, such as career guidance. Three representatives from a student union then talked to us about what it means to be a representative, and what their experiences in college consist of. Finally, we were told about how our week would be relevant in choosing a course in college. In the afternoon, we took part in an activity at the Kings Inn. We utilised equipment, such as a level, a tripod, and a staff, to survey the height differences between six points. We were split into groups of four, with two first year students. Our team did not win, as we had an error of thirty six centimetres. At the end of the day we were scanned by high tech equipment that could render us in 3D.
To begin our second day, we boarded a coach for our journey to a BAM Construction Site. We had leaned a little about what the tour would entail prior. The journey lasted about an hour. Upon arriving, we signed in and piled into a room where we sat down. We watched three construction workers give a presentation of the site; what they were building, how they individually contribute etc. We learned that the building was to be an extension of a nearby child detention centre. Afterwards, we put on our protective gear and headed out. We toured the site, and saw construction workers in action. We had a small tea break before heading back to DIT. In the afternoon, we were given a detailed talk on quantity surveying, by a quantity surveyor. He explained his how he does his job, what work he does, and how he contributes to different planned buildings. At the end of the day, we had to do an exercise involving measuring and pricing a house in pairs.
We began the day by getting a presentation from a town planner. She talked about the Docklands, and how they were renovated from an industrial haven into an extension of the city centre. It now caters to many people, with shopping centres, apartment blocks, and headquarters of multinational corporations. We got a tour of the CHQ after a talk from a property salesman. He explained the benefits of getting a job in property and thoroughly recommended it. Our tour guide explained what the CHQ was going to be renovated into, amongst other things. After that, we walked around the docklands, siting notable locations such as the Convention Centre and the Google Headquarters. After lunch, we went to the computer lab and watched a presentation on the cholera outbreak in England. Afterwards, we looked at mapping software. We altered the display of the diagram regarding the spread of cholera. Using the map, we were able to determine the source of the outbreak, which originated at a water pump. At the end of the day, we looked at GPS equipment.
At the beginning of Thursday, we went to the lab with Avril, where we learned about 3D modelling. She explained how easy it is to do. We rendered different equipment in 3D using our smart phones’ cameras. We then walked to a different lab where we looked at three dimensional maps whilst wearing 3D glasses. We drew lines on roads and measured heights of different buildings. After that, we used software called Argus to estimate the prices of an area of land in Clontarf which will be used for residential housing. We input different figures in pairs to come up with a final estimation. After lunch we made our way to the Phoenix Park, which is where the Ordnance Survey Ireland headquarters is located, by coach. We were given a presentation, by Andy McGill, on the history of maps. He also explained the process of digitising their map database.
To begin our last day, we walked to the Four Courts. After going through security, we walked to a room in which a PowerPoint display was set up. We were given a presentation on the brief history of Property Registration Ireland, which is located in the Four Courts. Greg talked all about how the Property Registration Ireland evolved, and was formed. Thomas talked about his role in Property Registration, and he gave an outline of the digitization methods of maps. He explained the database of folios, how there used to be thirty two thousand documents, and now it is all online. In the past, people had to travel and wait to view these documents, however now they are all archived online. Afterwards, we viewed images of the Four Courts when it caught fire. We then headed back to DIT. In Room 446, we wrote a brief outline on the week, before writing our blog in the computer lab.