DIT geomatics student wins world-wide award

30 October 2012: David Hyland, Geomatics student in DIT, has won the International Trimble Dimensions 2012 Student Paper Competition. This world-wide competition is open to all undergraduate and post graduate students at Masters level, studying Geomatics and related disciplines. David is the first Irish person to win the award. He will be flown to Las Vegas next week to present his work at the Trimble Dimensions 2012 Conference.


David Hyland (left) with his supervisor, Dr. Audrey Martin, and Mr.Sean Higgens of Korecgroup Ireland, suppliers of Trimble equipment and Services

The advanced positioning technology conference, organised by technology giant Trimble, attracts more than 3000 participants. The agenda includes presentations from professionals and academics on how new technology can transform architecture and design, construction and infrastructure, mapping and GIS, mining, positioning, surveying, utilities and energy.

David’s winning paper, entitled ‘An Assessment of Ocean Tide Loading on Network RTK and Mitigation Methods in Ireland‘, was based on his Final Year Dissertation and was supervised by Dr. Audrey Martin FSCSI FRICS in the Department of Spatial Information Sciences. According to Dr. Martin, “This is the first time a student from DIT has entered this competition. David is an undergraduate, but this competition was also open to postgraduate students, so this is a fantastic result. In addition to his trip to the Las Vegas conference, David’s prize also includes a donation of a full Trimble R10 GNSS Rover to Dublin Institute of Technology. This piece of equipment, costing approximately €25,000, will be of huge value to future students of Geomatics in the School of Spatial Planning at DIT.”

Dr. Martin and her colleague Dr. Eugene McGovern have also had a paper accepted for the conference and they have been invited to make a 60 minute presentation on their research at Trimble Dimensions 2012. Their research, which was sponsored by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI http://www.scsi.ie/) and is entitled ‘NRTK in Ireland 2011’, now forms a baseline for real-time satellite surveying in Ireland.

David, who hails from Cork, carried out his very detailed research into ocean tide loading at Castletownbere, West Cork. He will be conferred with a BSc in Geomatics from DIT at the Conferring Ceremony for the College of Engineering and Built Environment in St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday 3rd November.

Congratulating David, the Director and Dean of the College of Engineering and Built Environment, Dr. Mike Murphy also paid tribute to Dr. Martin and Dr. McGovern for their supervision and encouragement of David’s work. “Last month, Bernard Brennan, student of architecture, was presented with the 2012 International Student Design Competition at the UN in New York. Now David is travelling to a major conference in Las Vegas to present his work. We are delighted that our students are putting DIT firmly on the map!”

Further information

David studied Geomatics in DIT - for more information on the programme and the discipline, click here.


David Hyland with, left, Dr. Eugene McGovern, and right Dr. Audrey Martin and Dr. Kevin Mooney


David Hyland, presenting his award-winning work to an audience of students and academics in DIT Bolton Street


Dr. Kevin Mooney, Department of Spatial Information Sciences, asking a question at the presentation


Mr. Henk Van Der Kamp, Head of School of Spatial Planning, with David Hyland, and Dr. Mike Murphy, Director and Dean of the College of Engineering and Built Environment

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