Diego González Aguilera awarded by the Royal Academy of Engineering

Premio_real_academia_ingenieríaPhD. González-Aguilera has been awarded by the Spanish Royal academy of Engineering with the “Juan López de Peñalver” award. His research career and technology transfer in the field of geomatics and surveying engineering and more specifically in the discipline of photogrammetry and computer vision has been recognized by the Royal Academy.

One of the most notable Gonzalez-Aguilera contributions was “popularize” the art of photogrammetry bringing the use of these tools to different engineering fields. Their developments to allow the 3D reconstruction from single and multiple images have been sued by forensic, energetic, civil, agronomic, industrial, aerospace and automotive sectors. 

 

Serving as most notable examples:

  • Intense international technology transfer achieved with the tool “sv3DVision” allowing the metric analysis and 3D reconstruction from a single image. Sv3DVision can address a complex problem and at the beginning without solution in the field of photogrammetry achieving the 3D reconstruction of ruined building where only a picture is available or perform the metric analysis of a crime scene of murder from a single photograph.
  • Advance in the photographic dream of building any 3D object using any camera, even mobile phones. He has allowed automate the photogrammetric process allowing non-expert in photogrammetry users to use the technique. Serving as examples the 3D reconstruction of traffic accidents where the staff of the police can reconstruct the accident scene using their own mobile devices.
  • Perform the 3D reconstruction with resolutions where the human eye does not reach (below millimeter). These reconstructions are perfect to diagnose the state of facial models (biometrics), bones (anthropology) or materials (weldings).

Inagurational meeting “Campus Ávila”

During the 1st day of October, the inagurational meeting “Campus Ávila”  was held at the Polytechnic Shool of Ávila. Daniel Hernández Ruipérez (Rector of the University) and José Angél Domínguez (Vicerrector) opened this meeting on which a diversity of students can see different activities related with concurses, entertaiment and sports.

This campus has a wide variety of Degrees (in Geomatic and Surveying, Civil Engineering, and Mining and Renewable energies), a double degree in Mining and Civil Engineering (http://politecnicavila.usal.es/estudios/grados/grados.php ),  and advanced universitary studies such as the Master in Cartographic Geotechnologies in Engineering and Architecture (http://campus.usal.es/~geotecnologias/ ) and its phd program (http://tidop.usal.es/phd-program-geotechnologies-2 ).

With the aim of record the expirence, the Research Group TIDOP used a DJI dron to record the meeting.

Research Group TIDOP recived a prize for the best regional project.

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El MUNDO DE CASTILLA Y LEÓN celebrated at 18 of March of 2015 the innovation meeting in Castilla y León. This massive meeting, showed in the V edition, it was a meeting between different scientists, researchers, academics, businessmen and politicians with a total of 14 winners this year, among which highlighted:

 

  • Research group TIDOP, which received the prize for the best regional project. The main innovation in this project enclosed the use of the virtual reality in the maintenance of aircrafts.
  • Almudena Ramón Cueto who received a prize for her research of spinal cord.
  • The company Onyx Solar for the best innovate project.
  • Proconsi for the best TIC project.
  • Estela Peral, who received the young prize.
  • ULE researchers for the best university project

Majors of the provincial capitals and nine provincial presidents participated in this event that has already become a major meeting of researchers and businessman in the Castilla y León community.

Headed by Dr. Diego González-Aguilera, professor of the Cartographic Engineering and Land department, the winning project is a virtual system that will assist the mechanic during his work. This assistance is possible thanks to the combination of a video game sensor (e.g. Kinect), a tablet or mobile phone and an expert system. Furthermore, this system allows the transfer of knowledge and experience among Air Force mechanics.

This project, entitled: SICEMAN (Sistemas Cibernético Experto para la captación, almacenamiento, gestión y transferencia del conocimiento en el Mantenimiento de Aeronaves Militares) started in 2013 in conjunction with the company ITP (Industria de Turbo Propulsores). Said Project will culminate in 2016 with the manufacturing of a prototype for the Air Forces.

 Research Group TIDOP

Headed by Dr. Diego González-Aguilera, professor of the Cartographic Engineering and Land department, the winning project is a virtual system that will assist the mechanic during his work. This assistance is possible thanks to the combination of a video game sensor (e.g. Kinect), a tablet or mobile phone and an expert system. Furthermore, this system allows the transfer of knowledge and experience among Air Force mechanics.

Research Group TIDOP recived prize for the best regional project

The Advisory Commitee of the VII Centenary of the University of Salamanca anlyzes the application of incentives to companies and studies the Horizon 2018+ program.

The Advisory Commitee of the VII Centenary

Daniel Hernández Ruipérez (rector of the University of Salamanca) presided the Advisory Committee for the commemoration of the VIII centenary of the University of Salamanca. In this event they analyzed the implementation of incentives to companies which are involved in the celebration as well as strategy propossan for the institution.

Daniel infromed the creation of a line of programs under the name Horizon 2018+. These programs will aim to promote the leadershop, dynamism and the international excellence of the University of Salamanca.

Hernández Ruipérez enumerated three main action areas:

  • Leadership program for higher education.
  • Revitalization program of cultural heritage and infrastructures.
  • Academic program for excellence and improving the international position.

This program has a special relevance and impact on specific interest and strategy areas of action.

The Leadership program aims to place the University of Salamanca as a Hihger Education reference into the European and Latin American framework (UNESCO,Latin American Summit, etc.). 

The second line is based on the revitalization of cultural heritage and infraestructures, with the aim of adapt and add value to the university in this fuild.

Finally the Academic program for excellence and improving the internation poisition is focoused on the boost of new system to supprot teaching and research. This systems can incorporate talents and also allow us to consolidate the prestige of the University into the international framework.

Finally the Academic program for excellence and improving the internation poisition is focoused on the boost of new system to supprot teaching and research. This systems can incorporate talents and also allow us to consolidate the prestige of the University into the international framework.

The Advisory Commitee of the VII Centenary of the University of SalamancaFinally the Academic program for excellence and improving the internation poisition is focoused on the boost of new system to supprot teaching and research. This systems can incorporate talents and also allow us to consolidate the prestige of the University into the international framework.

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Análisis termográfico de edificios

 

El uso de la termografía infrarroja comMapaEnergeticoo técnica sobradamente provada para la inspección de edificios y localización de patologías como fugas de aire, humedades, etc. Nos permite realizar un examen visual “in-situ” de calidad de los objetos de estudio gracias a la posibilidad de visualizar en tiempo real los resultados pudiendo detectar sin dificultad los desperfectos o elementos característicos de estos. Estas técnicas de medición cualitativa nos proporcionan la posibilidad de realizar inspecciones rápidas y eficaces sin contacto directo con el objeto y de forma no destructiva, lo que disminuye tanto el riesgo de incidentes para los operarios como los daños producidos en los propios objetos de estudio ocasionados por otras técnicas intrusivas. Además, también se ha demostrado la utilidad de la termografía infrarroja como técnica puramente de medida a través de su utilización para el cálculo de propiedades termofísicas de materiales tales como difusividad y transmitancia térmica.

En el caso de termografía cualitativa, las publicaciones existentes tratan de estudios realizados in-situ, principalmente en edificios históricos o elementos del patrimonio cultural, mientras que los estudios cualitativos se realizan, en la mayor parte de los casos, en laboratorios sobre muestras de tamaño limitado. En aquellos casos en los que se han realizado estudios termográficos cuantitativos sobre edificios in-situ, los valores de temperatura son empleados con el objetivo de obtener propiedades termofísicas (conductancia térmica) reales del cerramiento, sin embargo su distribución espacial no es considerada.

Conjugar ambas aplicaciones permitirá la automatización del cálculo de pérdidas de calor a partir de las temperaturas medidas con una cámara termográfica. De este modo, no solo se usa la termografía para representar el estado de la pared, sino que también se usan los valores de temperatura contenidos en la termografía para la extracción de parámetros métricos del edificio en estudio, por lo que la hibridación de la información termográfica con el material cartográfico de precisión permitiría extraer la geometría real del objeto de estudio con textura termográfica, pudiendo así realizar mediciones precisas de los elementos de interés directamente sobre el resultado obtenido.

 

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Estudios como el publicado por EuroACE en 2010 colocan la mejora de la eficiencia energética en edificación en cabeza de las acciones necesarias para la reducción de emisiones de gases del efecto invernadero y gasto energético, así como para servir de empuje a la generación de empleo. Especial es el caso del parque de edificios ya construidos, la mayoría procedente de los años 1940-80, con normativa inexistente y recursos escasos. En ellos las obras de rehabilitación energética pueden suponer un ahorro de hasta el 75% en consumo de energía. En España existen 13 millones de viviendas susceptibles de intervención, cuya rehabilitación energética supondría una reducción de las emisiones del sector del 34% con respecto al año 2001.

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Building thermographic analysis

 

 

The use of infraMapaEnergeticored thermography as a widely tested technique for building inspection and location of pathologies such as air leakage and moisture allows the performance of  quality “in-situ” visual examination of the objects under study due to the possibility of obtaining real-time results, being able to detect without difficulty damages or material characteristics. This qualitative measurement technique provides the capability of doing quick, effective and non-destructive inspection without direct contact with the object under study, decreasing the risk of incidents to operators and the damage of the objects comparing with other intrusive techniques. Furthermore, the utility of infrared thermography as a measurement technique has been proved by its use for the determination of the thermophysical properties of materials such as diffusivity and thermal transmittance.

In the qualitative approach, some authors have performed in-situ studies, mainly in historical buildings or cultural heritage elements, whereas quantitative studies are performed mainly in laboratories with limited size samples. In those cases where quantitative thermography studies were performed in-situ, temperature values were employed in order to obtain the real thermophysical properties (thermal conductance) of the building envelope, but their spatial distribution is not considered.

Combine both applications will enable the automation of the heat loss computation from the measured temperatures with a thermographic camera. Thus, the thermography is not only used to represent the state of the wall, but also temperature values represented on the thermography for extracting the metric parameters of the study object so the hybridization of the thermographic information with precise cartographic material would  allow to extract the actual geometry of the object of study with thermal texture, being able to make accurate measurements of the elements of interest directly on the obtained results.

 

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Studies such as the one published by EuroACE in 2010, places improved energy efficiency in building construction at the top of the list of actions that need to be taken to reduce greenhouse gases and energy costs, in addition to acting as a stimulus to generate employment. In particular is the case of existing buildings stock, most of which dates back to the period 1940-80, constructed using non-existent standards and scarce resources. Here, energy refurbishment works could represent a saving of up to 75% in energy consumption. In Spain there are 13 million homes that could be the subject of intervention, where energy refurbishment could result in a reduction in sector emissions of 34% compared to 2001.

 

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Mobile Laser System (MLS) applied to urban tree inventory

In urbanized Western Europe trees are considered an important component of the built-up environment. This also means that there is an increasing demand for tree inventories. Laser mobile mapping systems provide an efficient and accurate way to sample the 3D road surrounding including notable roadside trees. In this research line, a processing chain aiming at the extraction of tree locations and tree sizes from laser mobile mapping data is reached.

 

  • Vegetation extraction

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  • Tree parameter extraction

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Such steps, in combination with code optimization are expected to be sufficient to reach the final goal of automatized estimation of features sampled by mobile mapping at a rate that matches the acquisition speed and at a quality that matches the result of a human operator.

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