Free EGNOS webinar

In order to disseminate the capabilities of EGNOS for mapping and GIS applications, a webinar has been organised by EuroGeographics and the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA), with the collaboration of ESSP, the EGNOS service provider. The webinar will take place on 20 June 2018 (Wednesday) from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM CEST.

Online registration is required through the following link:


The webinar aims at briefing users from mapping and GIS communities about EGNOS, the European free augmentation service that improves GPS accuracy up to sub-meter range. The webinar is open to all mapping and GIS users, from both private enterprises and public organisations.


Open Source EO – Seminar in UL

Daniel McInerney alerted us to to *A BDARG seminar in association with Coillte / OSGeo-Ireland.” Open Source Processing of Remote Sensing Images with the ORFEO ToolBox: (very) Big Data Science At Scale” by Manuel Grizonnet Thursday 14th June 2018 at 15h00.

In the University of Limerick, Computer Science Building – Room- CSG-027.

All Welcome

From weather forecasting to military intelligence, satellite images help solve some of our most challenging problems on Earth. Since 2006, the French Space Agency have been actively developing an open source remote sensing image processing toolbox called the Orfeo ToolBox (OTB), which provides a large set of ready-to-use tools and a high performance satellite image viewer. It offers a wide range of processing algorithms, which permit the creation of high level processing chains that will run on a desktop computer or clusters alike. The processing capabilities cover pre-processing for several sensors, feature extraction, image segmentation, classification, as well as algorithms for hyperspectral and radar data. OTB is now used to design processing chains that can efficiently process thousands of remote sensing images (Sentinels, SPOT, Pléiades) to derive country-scale value added products.  The presentation will present the challenge of extracting valuable information from Earth Observation data and how open source software like OTB can help in this context.

Plough and the stars. Remote sensing in Engineers Ireland Journal

I recently wrote a general interest piece on remote sensing, Copernicus and agriculture for the Engineers Journal published by Engineers Ireland.

Its available now online on the Engineers Journal website.



Irish Earth Obs Symposium 2017

The theme of this year’s IEOS meeting, held in Maynooth University, is strengthening the linkages between Researchers, Technologists, Service-Providers and End-Users in order to enable more effective exploitation of Copernicus Earth observation (EO) data & information services across Ireland.

This year’s event will be different in that Day-1 (2nd Nov 2017) will be dedicated to highlighting and presenting Earth Observation projects from Researchers, Government Agencies and Industry whilst Day-2 (3rd Nov 2017) will be dedicated to EU’s Copernicus programme with special emphasis on Land, Marine, Emergency and Climate Change Services within an Irish context

Call for presentations

We invite short abstracts in any area of Earth Observation and in particular dealing with the themes of:

  • Land Use/Land Cover
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Forestry Inventory
  • Urban Development
  • Coastal Management
  • Maritime Monitoring
  • Climate Change
  • Emergency Management

If you are interested in submitting a papers/Poster please send a short 300 word abstract to “” and outline if you wish to present a talk or poster.

Shortlisted papers will be invited to present at the Symposium and/or provide a Poster.

Conference Website


CPD- Part Masters in in Spatial Information Management in DIT

This masters’ programme focusses on issues relating to management, maintenance and optimisation of large (national) spatial databases for delivery of services.  It is delivered over two years in part-time mode to suit mid-career professionals and further information is available at:

The modules completed are:

Semester 1 – Spatial Data Acquisition 1 (coordinate reference systems & GNSS), GI Science 1 (fundamentals), Project Management, Spatial Data Acquisition 2 (Remote Sensing)

Semester 2 – GI Management 1 (legal & data quality), Spatial Data Infrastructures, GI Science 2 (data analysis), Spatial Databases

Semester 3 – GI Management 2 (FME & Organisational Strategy), GI Case Studies, e-Government Service Provision, Research Skills

Semester 4 – Masters dissertation


Application Process:  On line application system on DIT website (see url above). Entry Requirements: 2.2 in undergraduate degree, less is acceptable if significant relevant experience is available (normally assessed via interview process).


Next Student Intake: September 2015

IEOS2014 – 30th and 31st October 2014

IEOS2014 – 30th and 31st October 2014. Registration now open, second call for abstracts announced and limited exhibition spaces remaining. – Registration is now open for the 8th Irish Earth Observation Symposium. Please visit for more info on how to book your place.  – The abstract deadline has been extended – abstracts (maximum 300 words) can be submitted as a word document or pdf to the conference organising committee at up until 5pm on the 30th September. Please indicate whether you wish to be considered for an oral or poster submission, and include your full contact details. Postgraduate students are particularly encouraged to attend, and there will be prizes for the best oral and poster presentations from postgraduate students. – There is a limited number of exhibitor spaces remaining, please send an email to if your company is interested in finding out more. Regards, IEOS 2014 Committee