Robert Shaw


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I graduated in Topographic Science BSc (Hons.) from The University of Glasgow, Scotland in 1988. After graduating, I 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.

I have worked for the Discovery Programme for over 15 years, and currently have the job of 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 and Geophysical techniques), supporting the research projects of the Discovery Programme. International collaborative research is an important activity and I am 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 I completed a Diploma of Photography in 2016, and recently qualified as Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors


  • 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 StaatlichenMuseenzu 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