Rob_ShawSenior Geo-Surveyor
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Rob is the senior geosurveyor in the technology section of the Discovery Programme, a role he has held since 2002. He has extensive experience in archaeological survey and applies this to support the work of the research projects within the Discovery Programme. He has also worked on a number of large EU research projects, notably collaborating on a project investigating remote sensing for landscape archaeology (, and also a project recording and disseminating 3D models of heritage objects (

Rob, who recently qualified as a member of RICS, is a graduate of the University of Glasgow, where he undertook his BSc in Topographic Science. After graduating in 1988 he worked for number of survey and digital mapping companies before joining the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland in 1992 as a surveyor. At the Discovery Programme he has been able to further his own research interests in the application of new technologies, particularly 3D solutions, to surveying archaeological landscapes and monuments. He has published a number of papers on archaeological surveying and has presented his research at International conferences and workshops and seminars in Ireland.


Shaw, R, 2015 ‘Bringing heritage to the public, Ireland’s 3D-ICONS project.’ In Geomatics World, Issue No. 1: Volume 24, PV Publications Ltd

Corns, A., Devlin, G., Dowling, G., Shaw, R. 2015 ‘CARS: Community archaeology remote sensing’. In A.G. Posluschny Sensing the Past; Contributions from the ArcLand Conference on Remote Sensing for Archaeology (Habelt-Verlag, Bonn) 100-102.

Devlin, G. Moore, F. Shaw, R. White, N., 2015, Ogham preserved digitally, 3d technology for a 3d script. In Archaeology Ireland, Vol. 29, Issue No. 112, Wordwell Publishing, Dublin 12-15

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., Shaw R. 2010 Cultural Heritage Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) - Unlocking the Potential of our Cultural Landscape Data. In 30th EARSeL Symposium Remote Sensing for Science, Education, and Natural and Cultural Heritage, Rainer R. (ed), Paris 2010, 1 - 8

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

Corns, A., Fenwick, J. and Shaw, R. 2008, More than meets the eye. In Archaeology Ireland, Vol. 22, No. 3, Issue No. 85, Wordwell Publishing, Dublin

Corns, A. and Shaw R. 2008, The application of digital vertical aerial photogrammetry in the recording and analysis of archaeological landscapes. In Geoinformation Technologies for Geo-cultural Landscapes: European Perspectives, CRC Press

Corns A., Shaw R. 2007 Earthwork excavation: scanning archaeological excavations. In 3D Laser Scanning for Heritage: Advice and guidance to users on laser scanning in archaeology and architecture, English Heritage Publishing, London

Corns, A., McNeary, R., Shanahan, B. and Shaw, R. 2006 Rathcroghan and Carnfree, Co. Roscommon (Ireland) In Journeys through European landscapes, Lévêque, L., M.R. del Árbol, L. Pop & C. Bartels (eds)

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