Rob_ShawSenior Geo-Surveyor
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Current Projects

 Rob, who recently qualified as a member of Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland (SCSI), has worked for the Discovery Programme for the past 15 years, and is currently the Senior Geo-surveyor in the Technology Section. This role has seen the development and implementation of 3D data capture technology at a range of scales (aerial lidar, terrestrial scanning, close range scanning, SfM, UAV), supporting the research projects of the Discovery Programme. International collaborative research is an important activity and he is currently working on CHERISH: Climate Change and Coastal Heritage (interreg), having previously participated in a number of EU projects including; 3D-ICONS (CIP), ArchaeoLandscapes Europe (Culture 2007-2013), COST Action TD1201 (COSCH), and COST A27 (Landmarks). Recognising the increasing importance of photo based mapping and surveying techniques Rob completed a Diploma of Photography in 2016.


Robert graduated in Topographic Science BSc (Hons.) from The University of Glasgow, Scotland in 1988. After graduating, he worked for number of survey and digital mapping organisations, including the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, training as an archaeological surveyor.

Research Interests

Current research interests include:
• Use of multiscale remote sensing techniques in archaeology with particular focus on the monitoring and prospection of archaeology and monuments
• Application of HBIM (Historic Building Information Models) in the documenting of heritage structures
• The resurgence of image based systems for mapping and surveying – laser scanning v photogrammetry
• The historical development and technological changes in geomatics applied to cultural heritage
• Analysing and interrogating historical digital replicas, assessing change and deterioration


Murphy, M., Corns, A., Cahill J., Eliashvili K., Chenau, A., Pybus, C., Shaw, R., Devlin, G., Deevy, A. and Truong-Hong, L. 2017, Developing Historic Building Information Modelling Guidelines and Procedures For Architectural Heritage In Ireland, The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Volume XLII-2/W5, DOI: 10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-2-W5-539-2017.

Corns, A., Devlin, G, Deevy, A., Shaw, R., Shine, L. 2017, 3D-ICONS Ireland – fulfilling the potential of a rich 3D resource, Internet Archaeology 43.

Bevivino, M., Shaw, R. 2016, Embracing Historical Replicas through a Digital Medium The Irish Context, In book: Casting. A way to embrace the digital age in analogue fashion?: A symposium on the Gipsformerei of the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, Edition: 1, Publisher:, Heidelberg, Editors: Christina Haak, Miguel Helfrich, pp.199-211, DOI: 10.11588/arthistoricum.95.114

Corns, A., Deevy, A., Devlin, G., Kennedy, L. and Shaw, R. 2015, 3D-ICONS: Digitizing Cultural Heritage Structures, New Review of Information Networking, doi: 10.1080/13614576.2015.1115232

Corns, A and Shaw, R, 2013, ‘Lidar and World Heritage Sites in Ireland: Why was such a rich data source gathered, how is it being utilised, and what lessons have been learned?’ In R. Optiz and D. Cowley (eds) Interpreting Archaeological Topography

Corns, A, McKeague P. and Shaw, R, 2012 ‘Developing a Spatial Data Infrastructure for Archaeological and Built Heritage’. International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research, vol. 7

Corns, A. and Shaw R. 2011, ‘Accessing Ireland’s growing & diverse aerial archaeological resources’. In M. Lodewijck and R. Pelegrin (eds) A View from the: Air Aerial Archaeology and Remote Sensing Techniques Results and opportunities, BAR International Series 2288

Shaw R. and Corns A. 2011 ‘High resolution LiDAR specifically for archaeology: are we fully exploiting this valuable resource?’ In D.C. Cowley (ed) Remote Sensing for Archaeological Heritage Management, EAC Occasional Paper No. 5, 77-86.

Corns A. and Shaw R. 2009, ‘High resolution 3-dimensional documentation of archaeological monuments & landscapes using airborne LiDAR’, Journal of Cultural Heritage, doi:10.1016/j.culher.2009.09.003