Rheticus® Displacement

Rheticus® Displacement is an automatic cloud-based geoinformation service designed to deliver fresh and accurate satellite-based data and information for the monitoring of ground surface movements

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The Rheticus Displacement geoinformation service offers monthly monitoring of millimetric displacements of the ground surface, landslide areas, the stability of infrastructures, and subsidence due to groundwater withdrawal/entry or from the excavation of mines and tunnels. The service also provides information on anthropic changes and infrastructural dynamics over the area where the infrastructure is established.

Rheticus Displacement provides a yearly historical analysis with monthly updates. The mapping activity is made through the monitoring of points on the ground with high stability called Persistent Scatterers (PS). The PS is produced through the processing of the European Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite images.

Already used by main European infrastructures and transportation engineering companies, the service is targeted to: Infrastructures and works managers and builders; Public Administration; Planners & professionals in the territory.

The service provides continuous monitoring of areas subject to:
  • landslides,
  • natural- and/or human-induced subsidence in urban and suburban areas,
  • stability of infrastructures (e.g. dams, bridges, buildings, road and railway networks, pipelines, electric towers, solar and wind farms, and so forth).

Who is it for?

  • Governmental Institutions in charge of urban planning and land monitoring, infrastructure monitoring, civil protection in case of landslides and/or subsidence phenomena, and so forth;
  • Utility Providers (e.g. Water and Sewage Utilities, Transportation Utilities);
  • Stakeholders within Oil&Gas, Electric Power, Renewable Energy, Mining, and Construction Industries as well as within Engineering, Insurance, Business-to-Customer, Real Estate, Stock Exchange sectors;

Early detection

Maps, reports and indices are actionable and available 24/7 from different platforms and devices. Small deformations can be monitored overtime and adequate actions can be taken based on the detected deformations.

High accuracy

Millimetric measurements of ground displacement also record movement velocity and rate of acceleration for accurate diagnosis of problem areas.

Trend analysis

The high revisit time of the Sentinel-2 satellites (ca. 1 week) enables a detailed trend analysis, the combination with archived satellite data enables a view on historical deformations.

Combined archived and current satellite data identify trends in ground displacement. Updated information is provided on a monthly or quarterly basis, depending on the location of your network.


Weather independent

Using European Copernicus Sentinel-1 data and persistent scatterers techniques, data acquisition is independent of weather conditions. Monitoring is still feasible during clouded and wet periods.


The service is complementary to traditional survey methods, providing a long-term solution to ground instability monitoring.

By combining the relative measurements of the Rheticus service with absolute measurements carried out with traditional ground stations, enriched information becomes available.