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13 November 2017

Aviation Modernisation and Automation Project Manager, Mary

Mary joined Met Éireann in July 2015 as AMAP (Aviation Modernisation and Automation Project) Project Manager. Her previous experience has been in telecommunications and IT - initially working on technical / IT projects and ultimately becoming project manager of IT projects. She has degrees in Physics and Mathematics and a diploma in Project Management.  

Her work at Met Éireann is extremely varied and interesting. It brings together the technical discipline of her formal studies at university with the additional skills of communication, problem solving, and management gained over a number of years working for national and multinational organisations.

Project AMAP is primarily an IT implementation project involving the procurement, installation, commissioning, and testing of new meteorological sensors and data processing systems. The new systems need to be implemented at the 5 aerodromes for which Met Éireann has responsibility to provide meteorological data to air traffic control:

  • Dublin Airport
  • Cork Airport
  • Shannon Airport
  • Knock Airport
  • Casement Aerodrome

As AMAP Project Manager, Mary is responsible for the planning, implementation, and close-out of the AMAP project to fulfil Met Éireann’s strategic goal of contributing to safe and efficient air transport, in compliance with relevant international regulations.

A key component of the work as AMAP Project Manager is managing multiple project stakeholders – both internal and external to Met Éireann. The AMAP project is cross-functional within Met Éireann and involves personnel from Technology, Aviation, and Observations sections of the organisation. The project also interfaces with multiple external organisations – government agencies, aviation authorities, and equipment manufacturers. Mary’s role is to manage and co-ordinate all of the stakeholders to fulfil the objectives of the project.

A typical day as AMAP Project Manager involves legal work with solicitors on public procurement processes, technical work with Instruments and IT specialists on the AMAP solution and on the requirements at the airports for the solution, and planning the next steps of the project and the resources required to achieve them. Periodic tasks include reporting on the progress of the project and on the project budget.    

The most satisfying aspect of Mary’s role at Met Éireann is seeing the results of all the planning and organising come to fruition. Progressing the project towards its conclusion is the main goal but learning about new technologies and, in the case of AMAP, the whole area of meteorology in aviation keeps the role interesting for the physicist within!


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