DIT Student wins big in Las Vegas!

Generous gift of next-generation positioning technology for DIT


Dublin, 09th January 2013: Thanks to recent graduate David Hyland, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) was presented today with a gift of next-generation technology for use by its students of geomatics and spatial information. David won the International Trimble Dimensions 2012 Student Paper Competition. The prize included a trip to Las Vegas to participate in an international conference, and a donation of state-of-the-art equipment for his home institution.

The donation was made by Trimble, one of the world's largest providers of positioning technology. Mr. Anthony Mills of Trimble Navigation Europe Ltd, who travelled to Dublin to make the presentation to DIT, said "The student competition is an opportunity for Trimble to engage with the next generation of surveyors internationally. I'm delighted that the premier surveying institution in Ireland was successful on this occasion, with a very strong entry from David."


Pictured from left to right
Mr. Anthony Mills of Trimble Navigation Europe Ltd, recent DIT graduate David Hyland and Dr. Audrey Martin, Department of Spatial Information Sciences, DIT

The Trimble R10 GNSS is the company's latest precision instrument, designed to be light and durable, providing surveyors with fast accurate measurements in all terrains, including where there is limited connectivity. It is valued at €30,000 and is the first of its kind to be delivered in Ireland.

Accepting the gift on behalf of DIT and the Department of Spatial Information Services, Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT, said "The desire for information about location and place in three dimensions is advancing at a rapid pace. As the only provider in Ireland of undergraduate education in geomatics, surveying and geographical systems, it is really important for our students in DIT to keep abreast of the latest technology in their field. We are very grateful to Trimble for this generous gift, and very proud of our recent graduate David Hyland who made this happen through winning the 2012 International Trimble Student competition!"


Pictured from left to right
recent DIT graduate David Hyland with Mr. Anthony Mills of Trimble Navigation Europe Ltd

David Hyland, from Co. Cork, is the first Irish person to win the prestigious competition, which is open to all undergraduate and post graduate students at Masters level, studying Geomatics and related disciplines. David was eligible to submit a paper through DIT's participation in Trimble's University Partnership scheme arranged by UK and Irish distributors, KOREC. The scheme enables educational institutions to benefit from special rates on Trimble solutions.

David was flown to Las Vegas last November to attend the Trimble Dimensions 2012 Conference where he presented his innovative work on An Assessment of Ocean Tide Loading on Network RTK and Mitigation Methods in Ireland. The technology conference attracts more than 3500 participants, and 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 Hyland, a recent graduate of DIT's BSc in Geomatics has won the International Trimble Dimensions 2012 Student Paper Competition

David's competition entry was based on his final year thesis, supervised by Dr. Audrey Martin FSCSI FRICS in the Department of Spatial Information Sciences at DIT. Adding her thanks to Trimble and to David, Dr. Martin said "This was the first time a student from DIT has entered this competition and while David was an undergraduate, the competition was also open to postgraduate students. We are really proud of his achievement and although David has graduated, this piece of equipment will be of huge value to current students of Geomatics at DIT."


David carried out his very detailed research into ocean tide loading at Castletownbere, West Cork. He was 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. He is now working as a professional Geomatics Surveyor with Murphy Surveys Ireland.

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