ITACA Project – Critical Design Review

On 19-20 June, 2014 in Monumental Plaza Building C, Athens, Greece at Planetek Hellas, NAIS was attended to Project ITACA Critical Design Review (CDR).

Two days have been dedicated to the project CDR; the first day was dedicated to the internal discussion of the consortium for the upcoming 6 month deliverables, status and current actions needed while the second to the future steps and actions regarding the 9 month deliverables.

At the same time the overall status of the project was discussed and assessed, together with open questions and general ideas on the project.


ITACA – (I)nnovation (T)echnologies and (A)pplication for (C)oastal (A)rcheological sites – co-funded by the EC – 7° Frame Program.

ITACA started on November 2013, is addressed to underwater archaeology in coastal regions with the main objective to monitor existing sites and discover new ones using innovative techniques of satellite remote sensing combined with image processing algorithms.

The project includes the development of a number of applications integrated into a single system and demonstrate its ability to provide a service focused on achieving the following objective:

  1. Monitoring of underwater archaeological sites already known.
  2. Search, tracking and tracing of wrecks of ancient ships.

The main objective, is to apply the physical models for the calculation of the bathymetry of data at high spatial resolution and define and implement a data assimilation algorithm which allows to obtain a better estimate of the bathymetry.

The availability of the above remote sensing data, combined with innovative processing techniques and optimized for archaeological site, enable the provision of a location and monitoring service for underwater archaeological sites in coastal zones.

The new algorithms, the physical modelling and the computational capabilities will be integrated into the Web-GIS, together with data recorded from surface (2D and 3D modelling) and from underwater surveys Additional specific archaeological layers will be included into the WebGIS to facilitate the object identification through shape detection techniques and mapping.

The system will be verified and validated through an extensive on-ground (sea) campaign carried out with both cutting edge technologies (side-scan sonar, multi beam echo sounder) and traditional means (submarine exploration with professional scuba divers).

A six months trial service on a selected coastal zone will be performed to provide a service demonstration; which will benefit the participant End User. The dissemination activities will include one international workshop and a final conference, organized in cooperation with the End User1 with the aim to let ITACA stakeholders aware of the benefit of the developed technologies and service.