Good forecasts

For the year ended 2018 we are proud of having developed a good job and having achieved new milestones for the Andalusian aerospace and technology sector, but more importantly, it starts a new one, 2019, with the feeling that we have a very promising future ahead. Not only for our center, but for all those who participate in the aeronautical industry and the innovation environment and technological development linked to this sector, which boosts the economy in our community.

In our specific case, new horizons are opened with the participation in new European projects such as SAFEDRONE, DOMUS, RIB-AM or RIMA, all of them linked with the development and application of new technologies of unmanned systems (drones) for their integration in airspace or implementation of new advanced manufacturing systems (such as 3D printing) for the aerospace industry. Also with the organization of important events like the hosting of the II International Tournament on Emergency Service Robots of the European Robots League (ERL), which will take place in our facilities in Seville next February.

We must highlight another unprecedented milestone in Andalusia, such as the Presidency of Seville of the Community of Ariane cities for 2019, an event in which FADA-CATEC collaborates and which will mean that the city of Seville becomes the ideal showcase to demonstrate the potential of our sector and the focus of attracting investment and business opportunities to boost our companies and technology activities in the field of space, through the environment offered by the so-called New Space. This event will have a program full of activities that will also serve for the scientific dissemination of what the Space sector represents and the applications that the whole society enjoys today thanks to the development in this field.

We have, therefore, an exciting year ahead, full of good forecasts and new challenges and illusions for both the Andalusian and Spanish aerospace sector. Let us take advantage of this to continue working among all of us - industry, administrations, technological agents and social agents - to keep on growing and positioning it as one of the most relevant in the European and international environment.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC

Projects

CATEC collaborates with the company ONTECH for the development of new solutions for pavement inspections at airports


The initiative is part of the APIA project, which leads the Andalusian engineering GHENOVA and seeks to improve the detection of defects in runways and aerial landings


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Our team is collaborating with the Andalusian company ONTECH for the development of new solutions for pavement inspections. This initiative is part of the APIA (Automatic Pavement Index Assessment) project, which aims to develop a new inspection system to improve the detection of defects in the runways and take-off of airports, reducing costs and inspection time while increasing the quality of records.

To achieve this, CATEC is using the latest non-destructive techniques in an infrared thermography (IRT) assisted inspection system, a high level programming language and image processing technique, using the ATLAS Experimental Flight Center facilities.

The APIA project is led by the Spanish engineering company Ghenova and also integrated by the company MC2 and the CITIC technology center. APIA is a project co-financed by Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) within the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)-Innterconecta 2015.
CATEC collaborates with the company ONTECH for the development of new solutions for pavement inspections at airports


June 14th 2017
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