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Oceaneering's electric work class eNovus ROV with handheld tooling interface. (Image: Oceaneering)

UUV Manipulators: Get a Grip

, to develop a seven-function electric manipulator similar in design and physical capability to a Schilling Titan 4, using Grip Offshore’s standardized smart actuators as robotic joints and motion control capabilities better than a hydraulic system.Core to the project is developing motion control software that will enable the use of a Titan 4 control joystick. Another Norwegian firm, IKM Technology, is a partner on the project.Nedrehagen told OE at Tau, “It is a conservative market,” with an ‘if it’s not broken, don’t fix it’ attitude and contracting models

Photo: Schmidt Ocean Institute

A SmallSat AUV Network

or massive attack, the oceanic study involved AUVs (and aerial drones) in contact with each other via a ship-based ocean controller. SmallSats could provide these expeditions with the researchers own’ dedicated bandwidth (understood to only be NTNU, for now).Networking AUVs need open-source control software like that developed by the U. of Porto’s LSTS. Several AUVs communicating via their own satellite can, with their onboard sniffing payloads, relay in real-time an accurate picture of the dramatic changes developing across a vast ocean area: or they can confirm by sensing, sampling or photograph

Wello Penguin WEC at EMEC Billia Croo wave test site (Credit Colin Keldie, courtesy of CEFOW)

Penguin Wave Energy Converter Sinks

devices.The prototype was launched in 2010 and had been deployed four times altogether. During the testing period the device fulfilled expectations and accomplished what the prototype was built for, having survived waves of over 18 meters, proving technology, mooring construction, cable connection, control software and power take off construction.The CEFOW project, coordinated by Fortum will continue with the deployment of two commercially ready devices. The first of these, the new Penguin WEC 2 will be installed to the EMEC test site this spring

(Photo: Forum Energy Technologies)

University of Limerick Buys ROV for Renewables Research

generation infrastructure. As the worldwide marine renewable energy sector grows, UL’s research contribution in this area will have even greater impact.”Researchers at UL’s Centre for Robotics and Intelligence Systems (CRIS) further enhanced the system with UL-developed advanced control software (OceanRings), precision navigation and flight control, state-of-the-art robotic imaging and sonar systems and fully automated manipulator systems.The vehicle will be housed at Limerick Docks where experimentation, testing and demonstration will be carried out. It will also be mobilized on vessels

Deployment of the Remus 600 to join the rest of the fleet - 5 AUVs and 1 USV - to begin an unmanned multi-vehicle collaborative mission. (Photo courtesy: Javier Gilabert)

Expanded Underwater Robotics Ready for Oil Spills

; The e-URready4OS system is a fleet of multiple assets with different capabilities and characteristics comprising AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles), USVs (Unmanned Surface Vehicles) and UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) from six different manufacturers coordinated by an open source command and control software (NEPTUS).   The AUVs fleet incorporate three LAUVs, two IVER2, two Sparus and one Remus 600. The Light Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (LAUV) is manufactured by OceanScan MST (a spin-off company from the Underwater Systems and Technology Laboratory – LSTS - University of Porto, http://www

L3 OceanServer’s Iver Precision Workhorse autonomous undersea vehicle with low-drag side scan and bathymetry transducers. Photo courtesy of L3 OceanServer.

L3 OceanServer Unveils Iver PW AUV

choice for military and commercial missions, with advanced capabilities, including: Stress-free shipping with a removable lithium-free rechargeable battery section; Commercial interface for customer-installed payloads; Intuitive point-and-click mission planning with next-generation control software; Lightweight, enabling one-person lift; Extended range of 40-plus nautical miles on a single charge; Open and modular with commercial off-the-shelf components; Industry-leading tracking and safety communications; Precise, repeatable measurements based on iXBlue INS sensor

MakaiLay’s new 3D Viewer showing the vessel, plough and cable shapes for progressive time steps seen behind the vessel. Relevant GIS data can be imported, such as digital terrain tiles on the bathymetry and aerial imagery overlay on the terrain in the background, as is shown here (Image: Makai Ocean Engineering)

MakaiLay Software Installed on Prysmian Cable Layer

The cable deployment control software MakaiLay was commissioned on the DP2 cable laying vessel Giulio Verne in November 2017 by the Prysmian Group.   It is expected that MakaiLay with its power-cable-specific module will be used by Giulio Verne when it starts installation work for the North Sea Link between Norway and U.K., which will be the longest subsea power cable interconnector in the world upon completion in 2021.   “We made it our priority to extend our popular real-time submarine cable installation management software to submarine power cable installations and we are

Deep BV immediately put its new Sonardyne Mini Ranger 2 USBL tracking system to work in a project to survey an area for unexploded ordnance. (Photo: Sonardyne)

Deep BV Takes Delivery of Sonardyne Positioning Equipment

project with Mini-Ranger 2, Deep BV installed one of the systems on board its 15 meter, twin hull research vessel, Deep Volans, and configured it to track a WSM 6+ transponder mounted on a remotely operated towed vehicle (ROTV) Iron Lady. Accurate positioning is paramount for the Iron Lady’s control software in order to ‘fly’ the 6-meter-wide, gradiometer UXO set-up just two meters above the seabed.   Klaas Visser, Chief Technology Expert at Deep BV said, “We’ve been a user of Sonardyne’s pre-generation Scout USBL system for several years and pleased with the

Man and machine: Ben Kinnaman and his Greensea Systems team are determined to deliver the standard operating platform for the marine industry. (Photo: Greensea)

Greensea: Redefining the Connection between Man and Machine

. I went to Hopkins to focus on control theory and robotics. My Master’s Degree is in Mechanical Engineering through Hopkins’ Robotics and Control program.   Following your Masters, what was your next move? Not too long after I left Hopkins, I was interested in pursuing this control software architecture. It wasn’t a great fit for the company I was with, as Phoenix is a service provider. So we started Greensea to develop technology that addressed the relationship between operators offshore and the technology they were using. For the first two years – from 2006 to 2008

DEDAVE AUV in Fraunhofer’s test tank in Ilmenau, Germany (Photo: Kraken)

Kraken, Fraunhofer Ink Tech Licensing Deal

relationship with Fraunhofer. The heart of underwater robots are software algorithms - in other words the artificial intelligence interacting with the sensors and interpreting the data received, and thereafter directing the robot to take appropriate action.  In addition, innovative command and control software facilitates the functioning of multiple sensors to help the vehicle autonomously perform missions. With smart software operating on inexpensive, yet high performance computers, AUVs can migrate from being automated to being truly autonomous. The AUV can make decisions on their own while the

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