Event Details

THE DEFENCE SURVEYORS’ ASSOCIATION ANNUAL SEMINAR

  • 24/06/2017 10:00:00 to 24/06/2017 17:10:00
  • Arlington Arts Centre, Donnington

The twelfth annual “Maps & Surveys” Seminar on historical & current hydrographic and military surveying, charting and mapping .

This event is organised by the Defence Surveyors' Association and is promoted in partnership with the Royal Institute of Navigation.

The twelfth annual “Maps & Surveys” Seminar on historical & current hydrographic and military surveying, charting and mapping will take place at the Arlington Arts Centre, Donnington, Nr Newbury, Berks, RG14 3BQ, on Saturday 24 June 2017.

The cost of attendance is £25, which include lunch, and tea & coffee breaks. Drinks are available at the Arlington Arts Centre bar at their usual prices.

The programme for the day is: -
1000-1050 – Arrival, Registration and Tea/Coffee in the Foyer, Arlington Arts Centre, Donnington.
1050-1100 – Chairman DSA’s welcome and opening remarks.
1100-1140 – SURVEYING EGYPT & PALESTINE 1916-1918 – 7 FIELD SURVEY COMPANY R.E.
By Dr. Peter Collier, DSA, late University of Portsmouth.
The fighting in Egypt and Palestine created new challenges for those who were responsible for providing mapping. The existing mapping did not meet the needs of large scale military operations. This led to the first serious attempt to create mapping almost exclusively from aerial photography. The presentation will discuss the challenges faced and the methods used to overcome those challenges.
1140-1220 – THE NORMANDY LANDING, FREEDOM OF EUROPE AND AN ARMY SURVEY CAREER, AS IT USED TO BE, IN AND OUT OF MILITARY SURVEY.
By Allan Marles DSA.
Personal experiences of the Second World War including the Normandy Landings, the liberation of France, Belgium, Holland and the defeat of Germany. The post war years, land surveys in the Colonies and elsewhere. In the Army but seldom serving with it.
1220-1230 – Discussion on morning presentations.

1230-1400 - Lunch in Arlington Arts Centre.
Display of historical military maps/memorabilia in the Arlington Arts Centre foyer.

1400-1440 – “THE ROAD PAST MANDALAY”.
By Gavin Edgerley-Harris, Curator Gurkha Museum.
In 1942, the seemingly invincible Japanese Imperial Army swept the ill-prepared British and Indian Army troops out of Burma. Following new tactics, new reinforcements and epic battles in the Arakan and around Imphal and Kohima in 1944, “Bill” Slim and his XIVth Army achieved his “Master Stroke”, broke the Japanese stronghold on Burma and drove them back through Burma. The talk concentrates on the Gurkha battalions

1440-1530 - Tea/Coffee in the Foyer, Arlington Arts Centre.

1530-1610 - HMSML GLEANER - HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEYING FOR THE NEW AIRCRAFT CARRIERS.
By Lt Cdr Marc Taylor RN, Commanding Officer HMSML Gleaner.
Her Majesty’s Survey Motor Launch Gleaner and her surveys of the River Forth and Portsmouth Harbour in preparation for the departure and subsequent arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales. In between the two surveys in Fife and Hampshire, HMSML
Gleaner has also spent time in the Channel Islands providing assurance surveys for navigation training in this region.
This is HMSML Gleaner’s final year in Service before decommissioning in Dec 2017 and will cast reflection over her 34 years of Service.
1610-1650 – MORTAR BASEPLATE ANALYSIS BROUGHT UP TO DATE
By Chris Barrington Brown. Late Regular, now part-time Gunner, and also Managing Director of “Cunning Running Software Ltd.”.
A GeoTech in every policeman’s pocket: How geo-analysis is helping police (and the military) protect us.
Advances in computer technology now allow non-specialists to carry out geo-based analysis that previously required a trained geo-technician. Cunning Running Software Ltd, a small organisation of mostly ex-military personnel, produces software which allows police and military to swiftly deduce likely terrorist attack points, helps to define and manage mitigation plans, and provides briefing and situational awareness tools in areas where specialised geo-support is not available.
1650-1710 - Final Questions, Discussion and Closing Comments by President, DSA.

Applications to attend etc. :-
• To attend this seminar, telephone Mike Nolan on (01635) 253167 or email him at maptnolan@gmail.com.
• Later, send a cheque for £25, made out to “DSA”, to M.A. Nolan, Tall Trees, Broad Layings, Woolton Hill, Newbury, RG20 9TS.
• To ease accounting, payment will only be accepted by a cheque received by DSA in advance of the seminar.
• Both provisional bids to attend and receipt of cheques will be acknowledged by email or telephone.
• There is ample parking space available at the Arlington Arts Centre.
• A location diagram for the Arlington Arts Centre [Tel: (01635) 244266], can be found on its website. http://www.arlingtonarts.co.uk/pages/planVisit.php
• Space should be available for the display of historical military mapping, charting or other “Survey” memorabilia in the Centre.
• Attendees who might be prepared to display such material should arrange for display space, in advance, with Mike Nolan.
• Refunds will be made for any necessary cancellations but only for cancellations notifi

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