This summer we were lucky enough to have 2 interns join us from Grenoble Institute of Technology, for 2 months. Thomas and Manon came over from France to help develop 2 applications to aid in river restoration monitoring and recording. Manon worked on transferring the River Habitat Survey (RHS) App from Android to iOS, and Thomas worked to develop a Fixed Point Photography (FPP) App. The FPP App allows the user to record images at a specific location, then when they return to the same location they can compare the condition of the site with updated photographs, in order to determine how a site has changed or adapted pre- and post- river restoration works.
It was great having Thomas and Manon working with us over summer, and we wish them all the best for their continued studies in France.
"My name is Thomas, I am a french student and as part of an internship to get my engineering degree in computer science, I was asked to develop a mobile application about Fixed Point Photography at the River Restoration Centre.
I produced the application on my own, and with my tutor and colleagues we looked at the issues and functionalities of the application. After two months I was able to produce a first version of the application for Android devices. This application is a cost-effective way of monitoring landscape change over time using photographic evidence. It can visually demonstrate the benefits of river restoration work or river processes to non-technical audiences, helping to engage local communities and convince funders for future projects.
I really enjoyed working in the river restoration center during these two months, the atmosphere is nice and warm. I will keep the memory of a close team and colleagues passionate about their work.
I applied for this internship because it allowed me to improve my English level but also because the work of protection and restoration of nature is one of our priorities in my opinion. The center is located on the campus of Cranfield University, so it has space and useful materials for the courses they offer."