Geoscience Ireland Award

Geoscience Ireland Award

Sponsored by Geoscience Ireland 

The Geoscience Ireland award recognises exceptional achievement in design and/or delivery of projects requiring significant geo-scientific expertise. For example, involving geological, geochemical, geophysical, geotechnical or hydrogeological studies or projects in the development of natural resources, infrastructure and water services preferably but not exclusively in international markets.

Collaboration among different organisations is common practice on projects in the geoscience field, therefore we welcome joint entries to this award.

Pictured: Andrew Gaynor and Koen Verbuggan representing Geoscience Ireland with category winner Peter O’Connor, Apex Geoservices; Mike Long, UCD School of Civil Engineering; and Caroline Spillane Director General of Engineers Ireland.  

Entry details

Within your submission, please detail how your project fits each of the five key criteria below (each criterion 500 words maximum).
Key criteria 
1. The use of sound engineering and scientific principles and practices
The entry should demonstrate that the design, use of materials or construction is based on sound engineering and/or scientific principles and practices that take into consideration environmental and sustainability issues. 
2. Originality and ingenuity of the solution
The entry should demonstrate that it contains significant original engineering and/or scientific application or demonstrates ingenuity, innovation and creativity in achieving the best solution for the required specifications. 
3. Significance of the work as a benchmark of Irish geoscientific endeavour
The entry should demonstrate how new benchmarks have been set or current high standards maintained, thereby raising the status and excellence of Irish geosciences. 
4. Actual or potential contribution of the work to the economy and/or relevant communities
The entry should demonstrate the positive contribution of the project to the economy and community in which it exists. 
5. Adherence to the budget, quality and programme
The entry should demonstrate that it has met the budget parameters, quality requirements and time-lines relevant to the scope of the work in the specification.
Please include an executive summary of 200 words maximum which provides a succinct description of the entry and the principal elements of its claim for engineering excellence. This material is a key element in the judging process.


The geoscience project must have been completed within a two year period prior to the closing date for entries - Monday 10 September 2018.
Projects must have been carried out fully or partially by an engineering organisation either Irish owned or based in Ireland. Joint entries by multiple organisations are welcome.   

How to enter

  • Please complete your submission online by 2pm on Monday 10 September 2018, detailing how your entry fits the five key criteria outlined earlier in this document. 
  • Your submission may include drawings, pictures, photographs and other methods of illustration. Please include this information within your application and/or an appendix and submit via WeTransfer. We require a maximum of six different colour photographs of professional presentation quality with each entry.
  • All entry material and supporting material should be carefully marked with the category, entry title and name of the organisation.
  • Once submitted, please proceed to the payment page to submit your entry fee of €250.  The application fee applies per project entered. We can only accept entries that are received with payment. Entry fees are non-refundable. 

Terms and Conditions of entry



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Geoscience Ireland Award

Please ensure you have read the terms and conditions of entry above before proceeding. 

Your Details

Official project title
Contact first name
Contact surname
How did you hear about the Excellence Awards?
Please specify if Other

Contact person during awards if different from previous


If a joint entry please list all additional entrants and their role in the project

Project role e.g. consultant
Project role e.g. consultant
Project role e.g. consultant

Please outline how the project fulfils the five key criteria above and include the 200 word executive summary:

  • We require all application material such as entry criteria and images etc. to process your entry, as per the terms and conditions
  • As these files can be quite large, we recommend they are sent using a free file sharing service such as using as the recipient address.