iGeology was voted best Community Favourite Mobile App at the ESRI International User Conference in July 2011.
Since its launch in late 2010, iGeology has been downloaded over 60 000 times from 56 countries and was iTunes' No. 1 free education app in September 2010.
The award, presented to the lead developer Wayne Shelley by Jack Dangermond, CEO and founder of ESRI, was in recognition of the innovative approach used in the design of the iGeology App.
iGeology also picked up the ESRI award for the third best app in the Storytelling with Maps Competition.
The British Geological Survey has been making maps since 1835, but the way these are surveyed, drawn and used has changed significantly in the last 20 years.
Smartphones, tablet computers, GPS technologies and innovative web services are combining to enable providers of geospatial data, such as the British Geological Survey, to deliver maps and data to users wherever they need them.
The latest development from the BGS is the free iGeology app available for the iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones.
This app allows users to interrogate a geological map and related databases, to help them understand the environment and landscape around them.
iGeology is continuing to be actively developed by BGS staff and the next release will be making more information and functionality available for business users and the public.
iGeology is part of the BGS OpenGeoscience initiative launched in December 2009.