2007 Annual Report - GSI Organisation
Preface | Agency for geoscience sector | 2007 Highlights | Geoscience makes significant progress | Research drives the Knowledge Economy | 3D Ireland | Supporting effective infrastructure | Coastal potential | Geoscience and Ireland's energy | Clean water is central to our environment | North-South and International Cooperation | Society supports geoscience | GSI organisation | Using GSI services

"The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has a strong culture of investing in staff development and GSI staff are encouraged to undertake training aimed at personal development and improved work effectiveness."

GSI is a division of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. It implements its mission through a Statement of Strategy and a new statement covering 2008-2010 was ready in draft by the end of 2007. In addition a more detailed GSI Business Plan for 2008 was also prepared, as in earlier years. The essential context for implementing the GSI Business Plan is the Government's Performance Management and Development System (PMDS) which empowers staff to identify and achieve their work goals. Details of the staffing of the GSI organisation, and staff changes during 2007, can be found in the website appendices to this report.

Reports on the implementation of the 2007 GSI Business Plan were submitted to Departmental Management on a quarterly basis. The GSI Consultative Committee, which is a forum for communication between GSI and its stakeholders, met twice during 2007 and considered recent GSI progress and developments as well as future plans. Its membership appears in the website appendices to this report.

The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has a strong culture of investing in staff development and GSI staff are encouraged to undertake training aimed at personal development and improved work effectiveness. With the support of the Department's Staff Development Unit, significant investment in staff training was made in 2007: on average each staff member spent 6 days (similar to last year) at training or conference events.

 Gerry Stanley received award from Mike Garvey Gerry Stanley (in centre, having received his award from Mike Garvey, on left) received the Special Merit Award for his successful development and management of the Minerals Programme. The Accommodation and Information Management Teams together with Sarah Gatley, Michael Kennedy, Brian McConnell and Raymond Weafer also received Merit Awards. Details are available on the website appendices to this report.

GSI’s delivery of products and services is possible only because of the valued contribution of its support services. Many of these are provided by other Divisions of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. It is a pleasure to acknowledge the support and cooperation of the Secretariat, Corporate Finance and Planning, Corporate Services, Human Resources Division (including the Staff Development Unit and Strategic Change Unit), Information Systems Division, Internal Audit and the Press Office.

GSI’s programmes are also supported by its internal support services which provide essential and tailor-made assistance to them. The GSI support services are:

The Technical Section, responsible for the drilling programme, the core store at Sandyford Industrial Estate (where cores were examined on 19 occasions by exploration companies in 2007), GSI laboratories, lecture theatre (used on 96 occasions in 2007) and maintenance of the vehicle fleet (two new vehicles were purchased).

The Information Management and IT Sections, in coordination with the Department’s Information Systems Division, support a wide range of activities across GSI, including systems development. Considerable resources in 2007 were devoted to implementing the new policy on providing data in digital format over the internet.

The Cartography Section delivers integrated support to all GSI programmes and to other divisions of the Department. Its staff produce digital products as well as display materials in hard copy.

The Administration Section contributes to policy formulation, manages payments and financial reporting, liaises with Human Resources Division on staffing issues and markets both GSI and geoscience. The section operates the GSI Customer Centre which is the main interface for customers seeking to use GSI services or purchase its products.

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