Irish student wins Trimble world-wide award

David Hyland, Geomatics student in Dublin Institute of Technology, 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 KOREC Ireland’s Sean Higgins

This conference attracts more than 3000 participants and 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 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.

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