Ordnance Survey Ireland is pleased to announce that the entries for the 2016 OSi Research Initiative – Masters Award have been assessed and the final awards have been decided.
The adjudicators – representing OSi and the broader GI community generally – have reported that the standard of submission was consistently high, reflecting very well on the overall standard of our third-level institutions. This augurs well for the future of the GI industry in Ireland.
Four awards have been made – in joint third place was Peter McGowan, from Castlegar, Co. Galway, and a graduate of University of Ulster (Coleraine). His thesis explored “GIS-based Automation of Wind Energy Planning in Ireland”.
Sharing third place is Niall Maguire, from Celbridge Co. Kildare, and a former student of NUI Maynooth. His work was entitled “A Geodemographic Classification of the Republic of Ireland at Post Town Level”.
A well-deserved second place went to Gary Locke, Tralee Co. Kerry. He received his Masters degree from University College, Cork for his thesis titled “Assessment of Walkability in Cork City” – an interesting GIS study that examines the methodological and technical issues surrounding the developing of an objective GIS-based measure of walkability, and which also comprises traditionally subjective elements of the built environment.
And finally, drum-roll, please! OSi has awarded first place to Jennifer O’Connor, Shankill, Co. Dublin, who gained her Masters from Dublin Institute of Technology. The adjudicators were very impressed with both the technical detail and academic rigour of her thesis, titled “An evaluation of the effectiveness of Property Registration Authority multi-story data in generating height attributes for Ordnance Survey Ireland PRIME2 data on a national basis.”
The 2017 Masters Award will be launched shortly; please watch this space for details of the scheme, which will be formatted differently this year.