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Geological Survey, Ireland and Coillte Sign Memorandum of Understanding


The Geological Survey of Ireland and Coillte cemented their successful working relationship through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The agreement was signed recently by Bill Stanley, Director of Strategy at Coillte Forest and Koen Verbruggen, Director of GSI at the Geological Survey's offices, Dublin, Monday, 13th March 2017.

On signing the MOU, Koen Verbruggen said: "A highly successful collaborative partnership between our organisations has already been established through joint data acquisition projects. This agreement acknowledges and reinforces the multiple benefits of working together on such projects, and paves the way for the future commitments on areas of common interest, including mapping and surveying, land use planning, application of UAV technology and business development."

Mr. Stanley stated that: "Coillte is delighted to be partnering with the GSI on this exciting, leading edge project. Not only has our collaboration proven to be of significant mutual benefit to us both, but in advancing knowledge of some of Ireland's key natural resources the gains extend wider still."

The Geological Survey Ireland and Coillte have been collaborating on a pilot project to acquire Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data over the last 2 years.  The Geological Survey is using LiDAR data to map karst features for groundwater resource and groundwater protection maps, as well as to enhance geological interpretation and geohazard (potential collapses, areas of instability) assessments.

Coillte manages almost 450,000 hectares of Ireland's state-owned forests and is charged with protecting and enhancing this significant national resource whilst ensuring that it is used productively. Point cloud data, produced from LiDAR, enables Coillte to estimate key forest parameters to unprecedented detail, providing greater knowledge of timber resources within its estate and improving the mapping of its forests.

Although each organization's products are very different, mapping and assessments using appropriate remote sensing data, such as LiDAR, can be undertaken more efficiently and cost effectively than by employing more conventional field-based surveys. By collaborating, there are the additional benefits of shared aircraft mobilization cost, management time and technical expertise, as well as reducing the likelihood of duplication of data acquisition for the same area.  The successful pilot project is a potential platform for collaboration with other organizations who are interested in LiDAR data acquisition, which is currently been explored.

Source: DCCAE - Geological Survey, Ireland and Coillte Sign Memorandum of Understanding