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Boundary Fence Between Neighbours

I recently came across this article on the Irish Times website, which I thought may be of interest.

My neighbour’s ugly fence encroaches on my land

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Control Surveys save you time and money.


Below are a couple of examples of how we have recently saved our clients time and money.


 1.     A client of ours in Cork was purchasing a piece of property and asked us to do a boundary check to ensure the physical boundaries were the same as the folio map.  He was surprised to learn, from our survey, that they were not and was able to renegotiate the cost of the land to his benefit with the vendor.

2.     Another client in Galway was restricted by planning guidelines to only fill a site with waste material to a certain level. They had begun the process of finishing off the site when they called us in to complete an as-built survey.  We informed them that they had assumed an incorrect level and had in fact several more meters to go and therefore at least two more years of operation.  At this stage it was too late for them to reverse the finishing off process, but it highlights the importance of carrying out an accurate survey from the beginning, which in the long run would have improved profits.


We also carry out topographical surveys, building surveys, elevation surveys, mapping, setting out, GPS and as built surveys. So far we have surveyed in Counties Limerick, Cork, Kerry, Tipperary, Clare, Waterford, Galway, Roscommon, Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, Wexford, Kilkenny, Offaly, Kildare, Wicklow, Dublin, Laois and Westmeath.

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CIF predict that 2014 will be a good year for the Construction Industry

According to a new report by the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), the value of the construction industry in Ireland is expected to grow to 11 billion euro and create 10,000 jobs this year.

Some of the reasons cited by the CIF behind this increase are the roll-out of working capital and seed finance promised by NAMA, a modest increase in house building, especially in urban areas, and the continued roll-out of Irish Water meters, among others.

CIF Director General Tom Parlon says that the construction sector has ‘a positive outlook for the upcoming year’.

To read the full article on the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) website click here:

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The Down Survey

The Down Survey of Ireland, undertaken by the Cromwellian regime and carried out by William Petty – an English Scientist, in the years 1656-1658, introduced modern mapping techniques to Ireland, creating the first recognisable maps of the country.  It was also the first ever detailed land survey on a national scale anywhere in the world.

Trinity College Dublin have published the Down Survey maps on the internet.  They are rich in detail, showing not only townland boundaries, but also churches, roads, rivers, bogs, woods and settlements.

Click here to visit The Down Survey Website.

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Irish Grid (IG 1975) vs Irish Transverse Mercator (ITM)

Irish Grid (IG 1975)

The Irish Grid Reference System was jointly designed by OSI and OSNI during the 1950’s to provide a common reference system for the island of Ireland.  Since equipment, observations and computation procedures can change over time, it is possible to produce different realisations of the same reference system for different epochs in time.  The last realisation in 1975 was universally adopted by the public and private sectors as the operational co-ordinate reference frame for Ireland, and has been known colloquially as the ‘Irish National Grid’ for almost 40 years. Although there have been recent attempts to change the name of these co-ordinates to ‘Irish Grid’ by OSI and OSNI, the term ‘Irish National Grid’ or just ‘National Grid’ is still in everyday use by the surveying and construction community.

The Irish Grid co-ordinate reference frame provided a coherent mapping framework for Ireland for the second half of the 20th century. However it has been superseded in 2002 by the ITM co-ordinate reference frame to provide a more rigorous and GPS compatible co-ordinate reference system for the 21st century.

Irish Transverse Mercator (ITM)

The Irish Transverse Mercator (ITM) co-ordinate reference system was jointly designed by OSI and OSNI in 2000 as part of a GPS compatible co-ordinate reference system for Ireland.

The ITM co-ordinate reference system was first realised in 2002 when ITM co-ordinates were published by the OSI geodetic website.  Consequently, the Irish Institute of Surveyors considers that ITM is an official co-ordinate reference frame, and of equal status to the Irish Grid co-ordinate reference frame since the date of publication of the ITM co-ordinates. The current use of ITM for all OSI data capture and data storage also gives credence to the face that ITM has already been adopted as an official co-ordinate reference by OSI.

Prendergast W.P: Best practice guidelines for precise surveying in Ireland: Dublin: Irish Institute of Surveyors, 2004.

The Ordnance Survey Website has publised a document to assist users of Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) data to migrate from Irish Grid (IG) to Irish Transverse Mercator (ITM)

The Ordnance Survey website also contains a useful converter to convert data from one co-ordinate system to another. It can be found here :

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Looking for a free alternative to AutoCAD 2D?

DraftSight is a freeware 2D CAD software application. It allows users to create, edit and access DWG/DXF files, regardless of which CAD software was originally used to create them.

It is free, easy-to-use, and only takes a few minutes to download.

Click here for more information or to download DraftSight.

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Satellite Imagery

If you ever need to locate maps of a property or want to look at satellite imagery
of a property, some good websites to use are :

Ordnance Survey Ireland
My Plan
Bing Maps
Google Maps
Map Quest

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