An I-LOFAR Consortium meeting was held in the Dining Room of Birr Castle to discuss equipment transport logistics, site preparation, and personnel preparation for the LOFAR build. Representatives in attendance from DIAS, UCD, ICHEC, TCD, UCC, NUIG, Armagh, Birr Castle, and the Latvian LOFAR team.
On the 28th of April, the I-LOFAR team received their first delivery, which included the I-LOFAR container.
8th Of May till the 12th Of May the stakes for the position cable trenches and, LBA cable exit, and (on the LBA field) North & South grid markers, and (on HBA field) Tile corner guides, and also the HBA cable exits were inserted.
The I-LOFAR build started on the 22nd of May 2017, with s team of undergraduate physics students from Trinity College Dublin, UCD, DCU, DIT, and NUI Galway.
The first two weeks of the build involved the cabling of the HBA array and the LBA array, with the third and fourth and fifth week working on constructing HBA tiles and deploying them onto the array. The sixth and seventh week were on the constructing of the LBA array, which we completed in a few days.
On the 14th of July 2017, I-LOFAR started its commissioning process, which it completed on the 17th of July 2017, where I-LOFAR was handed over to Ireland.
I-LOFAR “First Light” 27th of July 2017 was the opening ceremony for I-LOFAR, with the attendance of Minister Halligan of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, Dr.Ruth Freeman of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), and Richard Moat CEO of Eir, and Lord Rosse.