Digital mapping 

Course Outline

Designed for those team members who wish to learn the use of Scottish Mountain Rescue mapping software known as Mountain Map – and how it integrates with search management techniques. The course will provide:

  • Practical hands on use of the mapping software
  • Training on how the software works
  • Practical skills workshops & search based scenarios
  • Awareness of the process in place to support the effective management of the search
  • Course runs in parallel with the search management level 1 course
  • Certificate of attendance

Pre-Course Requirements

In order to ensure the smooth running of the course all candidates are asked to ensure they observe the following conditions:

  • Have an interest in the subject of digital mapping
  • For insurance purposes participants are requested to sign on with their team prior to course attendance. This is an absolute must procedure.
  • Have basic computer literacy
  • Must bring to the course their team lap top with mountain map software
  • For your comfort and safety please ensure you have appropriate outdoor equipment for this course. i.e. waterproofs & boots for short outdoor session.

Example Program

Friday Evening
Time Topic
7.00pm Computer Operating check
8.00pm Course Welcome & Administration*
8.10pm Why do we have a process?*
8.20pm Identifying a process*
9.00pm Evening concludes*
8.00am Breakfast
9.00am The Process*
10.00am Systems and Screen
10.30am Break – Tea/Coffee
11.00am Opening, saving and closing
11.25am Symbols, Lines and Polygons
11.45pm Creating local information
12.15pm Lunch
1.00pm Search Begins – Scenario 1
3.00pm Break – Tea/Coffee
3.30pm The use of layers and filters
4.45pm Introduction to Mountain Map*
5.05pm Using SARLOC*
5.25pm Web Based Searching*
6.00pm Dinner
7.30pm Mobile phone data – interpretation and use*
7.45pm Skills station x 3*
9.00pm Evening concludes
8.00am Breakfast
9.00am Refresh/Review
9.05am Mountain Map and GPS
10.10am Skill review and scenario 2
11.00am Break – Tea/Coffee
11.20am Bringing it all together*
12.15pm Lunch
1.00pm Table top 3 finals*
2.00pm Exercise Debrief*
2.30pm Plenary*
3.30pm Depart
  * With Search Management

Scottish Mountain Rescue, formerly known as The Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland, is a registered Scottish Charity – number SC045003