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Storm Geomatics surveyors crossed the Irish Sea to survey a number of lakes in Northern Ireland. Sixteen lakes were surveyed overall to determine their volumes in order to make an assessment for management and maintenance purposes. Storm Geomatics won this project in a three way tender against other companies proving once again that their surveys represent the best value in terms of quality and price in the UK.

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Storm Geomatics returned to GeoBusiness, a big show and conference for the Geomatics Industry, on 27th and 28th of May. Our Company exhibited at the venue and over the two days all of our river surveyors visited the show. GeoBusiness is a great opportunity to meet new people within the Geomatics Industry and see the latest innovative technology. We held workshops for our iPhone app, PhotoMAPP, which attracted an above average sized audience with a strong presence from the Ordnance Survey.

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As River Surveyors we thought it was about time to enter into the Lions Charity Raft Race. We are raising money for The Shakespeare Hospice, a local charity to our office. The Shakespeare Hospice provides free care for families affected by serious illness. The Hospice receives very little funding from the NHS, any donations from the public can really make a difference.

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Catherine and Lauren, both recent graduates from Aberystwyth University, went back to Aberystwyth University's Department of Geography and Earth Sciences to deliver two presentations to current geography students about land surveying. Catherine and Lauren were able to advise the students on how to become a land surveyor after graduating and answered questions from the students on a career in land surveying from the perspective of a Trainee and a Surveyor.

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Harewood Estate

A team of Storm Geomatics Surveyors had an unusual discovery while surveying one of the lakes on the Harewood Estate... a Shotgun was found lying amongst the silt! The surveyors safely handed the pump action Shotgun over to the security at the Harewood estate who suggested that the gun no longer complied with shotgun law and was classed as a section 1 firearm as the magazine is capable of holding more than two cartridges.

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Storm Geomatics Surveyors started the New Year with the completion of a Water Awareness and First Responders course provided by Blueprint Water Safety. The day long course covered the theory and practical sides of water safety. The team were able to test out new techniques for movement in shallow water and fast flowing water. The training emphasised the importance of wearing the correct P.P.E and the surveyors were able to test out Storm Geomatics' new inflatable raft! Watch our video to see how the surveyors got on in the river.

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Bewdley Property Level Protection Survey (PLP) has been undertaken in December in association with the EA. Approximately 55 property threshold levels around Bewdley were surveyed. In November 2000, Bewdley suffered serious flooding. By November 2005 and 'invisible' flood defence was completed, where 450m of demountable flood defence was built. The results of the PLP Survey will be used as part of a new scheme where if eligible, residents can apply for a grant to protect their homes from any future flooding.

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A team of surveyors spent two days in November at a RYA Powerboat Level II Training course. The course gave the surveyors knowledge and practice on launching and recovery, boat handling, securing to a buoy, anchoring and man overboard. RYA qualifications are known internationally and the courses are designed for the level of skill you want to achieve. Gaining a RYA qualification allows our surveyors to use powerboats competently and safely on site. 

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Guy Martin

Guy Martin takes on his next world record attempt in Dumfries and Galloway for his second series of "Speed" on Channel 4. Mike Hopkins joined Guy to prepare to measure the speed as Guy attempts to break the world speed record for a hovercraft on Loch Ken. The hovercraft speed attempt will be shown on Sunday 8th November at 8pm.

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In September we had teams surveying in the Thames Valley as part of a three stage threshold survey. Stage three covered houses from Marlow to Teddington. Over 1000 houses were surveyed at this stage, generating an approximate total of 3000 houses across the three stages of the threshold survey. The purpose of this survey was to assess the eligibility for a grant to help protect from future flooding and repair damage caused by previous flooding in the Thames Valley.

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