Deadline: October 16, 2020
Applications are open for the Geomatics on the Move Competition 2020. The competition is launched with the aim of fostering the use of EU satellite programmes Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus among students, young professionals, entrepreneurs and small and mid-sized businesses (SMEs), to create innovative geomatics applications and solutions across all over Europe.
Building and expanding on the CLGE Student Contest, which has been held for the past nine years, the new Geomatics on the Move Prize Contest also targets applications that integrate the use of additional technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented and virtual reality, as well as supplementary remote sensing data sources like drones. Solutions animated through mobile phone applications or other easy-to-use platforms are also welcome.
Each entry will create and visualise their innovative Geomatics idea with the option to leverage Galileo, EGNOS or Copernicus satellite technologies as well as the skills and knowledge from the following disciplines:
- Land Surveying: A tool that combines art and science to pinpoint three-dimensional positions and the measurements they encompass. Relied on to create maps and establish boundaries in many industries.
- Cadastre: A detailed register that discloses the boundaries, value and ownership of land. Often used by legal systems to document and define land dimensions and positioning.
- Cartography/Mapping: The scientific technique of making maps that reflect the spatial details of the earth. Cartography or Mapping relies on geomatic math to model reality correctly.
- Geodesy: The field of earth science that allows us to understand changes in the earth’s shape. Used to model the earth into a mathematical figure for improved mapping and enhanced navigation.
- Topography: Denotes shapes and features of land surfaces such as mountains, valleys and rivers. Often used to collect agricultural or environmental data for urban planning and resource management.
- Geographic Info Systems: A geographic information system (GIS) allows us to fully understand spatial or geographic data. As a tool, it is often used to display geographical points based on user searches.
- Photogrammetry: The scientific approach to collecting physical object and environmental data using photographic images and other electromagnetic radiations. Often used with GNSS to create low-cost mapping options for large areas.
- Remote sensing: When contact-free data collection is necessary, satellite or drone-based sensor technology is a great option. Remote sensing tools are often used to examine objects in the atmosphere, land and oceans.
- Urban planning: Guides the planning, design and regulation of urban development. Social and political concerns are balanced with engineering and architectural requirements in this discipline.
- Construction: Involves all required processes and activities in the planning and delivery of buildings and infrastructures.
- Mine Surveying: Determination of the accurate measurements for the activities related to underground workings.
- Infrastructure Monitoring: GNSS tools to help monitoring critical physical infrastructure and the natural environment to prevent disasters and promptly intervene in case of emergency.
- Other Applications: Are you applying one or more of the above tools and information in another industry? Consider apps that are based on geomatics but used beyond the sector itself.
There is an overall prize of €30,000. The Geomatics on the Move Prize consists of two categories with five prizes each.
- 1st category – Traditional Geomatics: Five (5) prizes will be given to solutions which main innovation is based on the usage of EGNSS, employing traditional equipment such as surveying or GIS grade GNSS Receivers for applications such as cadastral, marine and mining surveying or GIS mapping. These solutions can be supported or combined with Copernicus satellites data;
- 2nd category – Integrated Geomatics: Five (5) prizes will be given to integrated surveying solutions that use Galileo or EGNOS, leveraging cutting-edge tools and technologies like drones, mobile mapping, laser scanners or Augmented/Mixed Reality that can either be used within geomatics applications or beyond. These solutions can be supported or combined with Copernicus satellites data;
- The contest invites also applications from all over the European Union that integrate the use of additional technologies – using Galileo or EGNOS – such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented reality and virtual reality, as well as supplementary remote sensing data sources like drones and Copernicus data.
- Solutions animated through mobile phone applications or other easy-to-use platforms are also welcome.
The following award criteria will be considered for the assessment of the proposed solutions on the First phase. The award criteria apply to both of the categories:
- Innovation (0-10): Does the solution demonstrate an innovative approach to Geomatics products, processes, technologies or business models?
- Technical feasibility (0-10): Does the solution propose a technically accurate and feasible use of the involved technologies?
- Market/scientific relevance (0-10): Does this solution contribute to the development of the Geomatics profession or further scientific research in their field?
- European navigation programmes relevance (0-10): Is the solution making use of Galileo, EGNOS? Is the increased accuracy offered by Galileo relevant for the solution? Is the increased robustness provided by multi-constellation / multi-frequency relevant for the solution?
- Address regional development needs (0-10): Does the research solution address regional needs? Does the business idea improve the offer available in regional markets?
Applications must be submitted by the October 16, 2020 deadline.
For more information, visit Geomatics on the Move Competition.