Lightning strikes twice!

Posted: 28 November, 2014

Second Vegas win for Irish DIT geomatics student

Posted 28 November 2014

Kevin O'Mahony, a BSc Geomatics student at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has won the international  Trimble Geospatial Student competition for 2014.  Kevin, who graduated at the DIT conferring ceremony in St. Patrick’s Cathedral on 01 November,  is the second DIT student to win this prestigious award following on from the success of David Hyland in 2012. Both students submitted their papers under the supervision of Dr. Audrey Martin, Chair of the MSc in Geospatial Engineering.

Kevin’s successful paper was a 1500 word analysis of the achievable accuracies from online Precise Point Positioning (PPP) Post-Processing Services in Ireland and part of his prize included an invitation to present his work at the Trimble Dimensions conference in Las Vegas in November. The paper was based on his final dissertation which has since been awarded a first class honours.

In recognition of Kevin’s success, Trimble has donated a Trimble V10 Imaging Rover complete system including a Trimble R10 GNSS product to DIT in a grand prize that totals over $50,000. Kevin was back in DIT for the presentation of the instruments which were accepted by the President, Professor Brian Norton, on behalf of DIT.   Ian Pennington (Geospatial Sales Account Manager, Trimble),  and Alan Browne  (Group Chief Executive, KOREC)  made the presentation.  Professor Norton congratulated Kevin on his achievement and Dr. Martin for her work as his mentor.  Accepting the instruments,  the President said “I would like to thank Trimble for providing us with this state-of-the-art equipment which will be invaluable to our students.  I would also like to thank Trimble for providing the opportunity for our students to test themselves against their peers internationally.  The commitment of industry and the opportunity for us to interact with companies like Trimble is essential to DIT so that we can continue to deliver programmes of quality and relevance.”

Caption: In front, Kevin O’Mahoney (left) and Ian Pennington with the donation of Trimble equipment to DIT; behind, Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT; Dr. Audrey Martin, Chair of MSc in Geospatial Engineering; and Mr. Tom Dunne, Head of School of Surveying and Construction

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