Red Sea Global partners with KACST to provide satellite data of development sites
- The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology Space and Aviation Research Institute will use Earth observation satellites to capture high-resolution data of The Red Sea sites every month
Riyadh, (01 Augest 2021): Red Sea Global (formerly known as TRSDC), the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism projects, The Red Sea and Amaala, has partnered with The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) to provide high resolution satellite data of key locations at The Red Sea destination.
The satellite imagery improves RSG’s ability to monitor The Red Sea, which covers around 28,000km2, allowing it to track construction progress while at the same time closely monitoring the environment for any unexpected changes, in order to respond appropriately if needed.
He added: “Through this partnership with KACST we are able to monitor key assets, both built and natural, during the construction phase which will significantly support our efforts to deliver a regenerative approach to tourism development."
KACST will use the National Center of Remote Technology (NCRST) to capture high-resolution data of The Red Sea Project’s development sites every month. The imagery will be color-balanced, georeferenced, orthorectified, with (NCRST) using satellites GeoEye-1, Worldview and Pleiades to capture images.
The satellite data will then be integrated into RSG's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Building Information Models (BIM) to provide seamless access to the imagery for RSG’s planning, engineering and environmental departments.
Specifically, RSG’s GIS department will overlay the latest masterplans and detailed designs onto the satellite data to monitor progress and detect clashes.
The data will also be used to identify optimal routes/sites for construction activities in addition to becoming an invaluable addition to monthly progress reports.
Dr.Talal A. Alsedairy, Director of Space & Aeronautics Research Institute at KACST said: “RSG is developing the premier global destination for barefoot luxury, and their regenerative approach to tourism development is already creating new, environmentally sustainable opportunities for the Saudi people. We’re very excited to become an important part of its construction. Remote Sensing Center (NCRST) is ready to support RSG and provide world-class satellite imagery of its project area that will enable it to gain deeper insights into how construction is progressing and what impact its work is having on the surrounding environment.”
The Red Sea has already passed numerous significant milestones and work is on track to welcome the first guests next year when the international airport and the first hotels will open. All 16 hotels planned in Phase I will be open by the end of 2023.
Upon completion in 2030, The Red Sea will comprise 50 hotels, offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms and more than 1,000 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites. The destination will also include a luxury marina, entertainment and leisure facilities.
About Red Sea Global
Red Sea Global (RSG - www.redseaglobal.com) is a closed joint-stock company wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) ofSaudi Arabia.
RSG is a global multi-project developer, seeking to lead the world towards a more sustainable future, showing how responsible and regenerative development can uplift communities, drive economies, and enhance the environment. The protection of natural capital is central to all development decisions, as the organization seeks to create abetter future for all.
A cornerstone of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 ambition to diversify its economy, RSG is playing a key role in transforming the nation, by creating exciting opportunities for young Saudi talent and the private sector, as it develops built assets and destinations across multiple sectors that make a positive impact for people and planet.
RSG is the visionary company behind some of the world’s most ambitious development ventures, including luxury regenerative tourism destinations such as The Red Sea and AMAALA.
Across its portfolio, RSG leverages the most innovative concepts, strategies, and technologies to deliver projects that actively enhance the wellbeing of customers, communities, and environments.