Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ICE4ATM (ATMOSPHERIC IMPACT CALCULATOR ENGINE FOR AIR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT (ICE4ATM))
Reporting period: 2019-11-01 to 2020-10-31
MITIGA Solutions has developed ICE4ATM, an innovative and disruptive High-Performance Computing (HPC) software capable to provide solutions for ATM (Air Traffic Management) during emergency situations, involving dispersion of atmospheric hazards such as volcanic ash and mineral dust. The impact assessment is based on calculations of a unique algorithm that employs external atmospheric dispersion models, parameters for flight plan configurations, aircraft specifics, and forecasted weather conditions. The objective of this proposal is to increase ICE4ATM TRL from 6 to 9.
MITIGA is a spin-off of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), the national supercomputing facility in Spain and a world-renamed institution with large experience in developing and implementing supercomputer models in the fields of geophysics, volcanology and atmospheric impacts, among others. MITIGA’s team currently includes people with different profiles: management, software engineers, research scientists, business developers, etc.
MITIGA already commercializes two Software as a Service (SaaS) products: i) MITIGA-VIEWS, an operational (24/7) Volcanic Impact Early Warning System for airlines to improve their Safety Management Systems; ii) MITIGA-EDOSE, a contaminant dose calculator for engine manufacturers to monitor and enhance maintenance of their leased turbines. MITIGA’s 5yr Serviceable Obtainable Market for the aviation industry is 11M € and 4M € for the engine manufacturers.
- WP1: Successful management of the project achieving a 99% of justification of all the financial statements forecasted for the period.
- WP2: Increase the TRL of the ICE-based products from 6 to 8, working to reach overall project TRL 9.
- WP3: Produce a software layer to operationalize ICE-based products, early warning system side already operational but not stable enough. Increasing stability will be the main goal of this WP for the next period.
- WP4: Improve forecast precision, based on data analytics and satellite data processing. So far, we have improved official eruptions information using remote sensing and webcams but, for next period we envisage to have it operationalized.
- WP5: Marketing and exploitation strategy of ICE4ATM products, as during this period we've opened around a 100 leads in the aviation market and with the market analysis provided, we've created the exploitation strategy for the next period.
- WP6: Communication and dissemination of ICE4ATM results attending to conferences/webinars and increasing our presence in social media, press releases and sponsoring several events. Our focus on the next period will also include the training to potential stakeholders and early adopters.
Despite current situation due to Covid-19 and the difficulties industries are facing, ICE4ATM project is on track and going as expected.
From their side, engine manufacturers rent their aircraft engines to airlines and provide annual maintenance based on a scheduled fee. Volcanic ash and mineral dust severely damage aircrafts components, particularly reducing the engine lifetime and increasing the maintenance frequency and the losses on flat rates contracts. Moreover, engine manufacturers do not have a system in place to monitor the exposure of their engines to contaminants. MITIGA-EDOSE can help these stakeholders to better quantify the engines exposure and then be more competitive and avoid losses on maintenance contracts. The service also extends the state-of-the-art in data analytics for providing information about engine exposure by joining data from different sources and improving accuracy of predictions.
Despite the current impact of Covid-19 on the aviation industry (60% loses in 2020 compared to 2019, and more than EUR 425 billion in losses expected by March 2021 by ICAO), this is still both a strong sector for the European Union’s economy, and an increasingly important means of transport for EU citizens and businesses.