MapKITE application to foredune erosion monitoring presented at the G7 Summit 2019

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The project HYCOS, coordinated by GEOSAT and GeoNumerics, was pitched at the G7 Summit held in Biarritz on 24th August 2019, highlighting the benefits of the tandem air-ground 3D mapping concept for coastal erosion monitoring.

Castelldefels, 28 August 2019. Cédrik Ferrero, GEOSAT’s CEO, presented the project HYCOS on coastal foredune erosion monitoring at the opening of the G7 Summit held in Biarritz, on the 24th August 2019. The presentation, which took place before the opening speech by President Emmanuel Macron, followed an invitation of the “Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine” and the “Communauté d’Agglomération Pays Basque” after the successful completion of HYCOS.

HYCOS, conducted from January to October 2018, was a collaborative project between the companies GEOSAT (France) and GeoNumerics (Spain), both specialising in geomatics and navigation, and including the participation of Telespazio France and Octocam-maps (Spain). In the project, GeoNumerics' mapKITE terrestrial-aerial hybrid mapping technology was successfully applied to coastal erosion monitoring in the Atlantic French coast. The results of the project were published and made available for download.

Pere Molina, GeoNumerics’ Advanced Applications Programme Manager and HYCOS coordinator said “after the interest of GEOSAT about the mapKITE technology, we worked together to immediately design an implementation of it for the coastal erosion monitoring application. Based their ground mapping technology, we came up with a prototype tailored to the application yet fully complying with mapKITE standards. The results were, once more, impressive in delivering 3D reconstruction with low surveying effort.” Ismael Colomina, GeoNumerics’ CEO, further said “we are proud of contributing the mapKITE technology to the measurement of the effects of climate change on coastlines. We were impressed by the reports of French scientists predicting 30 to 100 m of coastal retreat this century for the sandy shores of Aquitaine.”

MapKITE is a GeoNumerics patented (EP 2877904, ES 201231200, USA 9477230) method for 3-dimensional corridor mapping that combines the two latest geodata acquisition methods, terrestrial mobile mapping and drone-based mapping. MapKITE is a tandem terrestrial-aerial mapping method and system composed of (1) a terrestrial mobile mapping system (land vehicle and sensors) carrying (2) an optical target on its roof, (3) an [unmanned] drone aerial mapping system and (4) a real-time virtual tether and post-mission software. In a mapKITE mission, the drone follows the land vehicle, and thus the vehicle target becomes a kinematic ground control point visible and measurable on each image. It is a high-accuracy, high-resolution Earth observation –images, 3D point clouds– method. MapKITE combines the advantages of mobile land-based (manned) and aerial drone (unmanned) mapping systems.

GeoNumerics (Castelldefels, Spain) is a research and development (R&D) intensive small-and-medium-enterprise (SME) company specialised in geomatics and accurate navigation. MapKITE is a patented invention of GeoNumerics.

GEOSAT (Pessac, France) is a group of more than 280 people involved in all domains related to 3D/4D measurement with a solid experience in public and private geometric surveys since 2000. GEOSAT has set up its own R&D centre, innovating in 3D modelling, urban planning, geo-processing, detection & geo-referencing networks.

The Group of Seven (G7) is an international intergovernmental economic organization consisting of the seven largest International Monetary Fund (IMF)-described advanced economies in the world: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The G7 government leaders meet annually –the G7 summits– on international economic and monetary issues.

Name: Pitch at the “Espace de Valorisation Territoriale” (at the G7 Summit 2019)
Dates: 24 August 2019
Organizer: Conseil régional de la Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Venue: Hôtel du Palais, Biarritz, France
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Acronym: HYCOS
Title: Hybrid Coastal Monitoring
Period: 2018-01-01 to 2018-10-31
Funding: European Commission (EC) - Horizon 2020 (H2020) through the NEPTUNE project (INNOSUP-1-2015)
Participants: GeoNumerics (ES), GEOSAT (FR)
Other participants: Telespazio France (FR) as Innovator Actor
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HYCOS received funding from the EU's H2020 Programme under Grant Agreement NEP-EURECAT-84-GEONUMERICS. It was a supported project of the NEPTUNE innovation action (INNOSUP-1-2015).