UL Smart Robot Explores Irish Wrecks

press release
Friday, March 16, 2012
Multibeam sonar image of the WW1 U-Boat UC42 wreck taken by the UL smart robot, ROV Latis.

An advanced ‘smart technology’ marine robot designed and built by University of Limerick researchers was recently deployed to explore wrecks of The Aud and WW1 U-Boat, UC42 outside Cork Harbour.

 

The Aud was scuttled by its crew while under Royal Navy escort to Cork Harbour after it was prevented from landing guns in 1916 and the UC42 sank in 1917 while laying mines. With the help of the Irish Naval Service, the UL Marine Robotics team deployed the advanced Smart Remotely Operated Vehicle called ROV Latis which has patented technology features, from the LÉ Eithne to undertake submarine archaeological investigations of wrecks off the Cork Coast. 

 

Research Leader, Dr Daniel Toal, UL said; “The ROV Latis allows us to explore in detail the wrecks which have been on the sea-bed for nearly 100 years. The ROV Latis brought back high quality imagery which has been used to build a detailed 3D model of the UC42.”

 

The investigations entailed high resolution multi-beam sonar survey combined with video survey with instruments aboard the ROV Latis platform. The precision flight control of ROV Latis and advanced auto pilot control capabilities developed by team member Dr Edin Omerdic, allowed the robot to follow precise transects for multibeam sonar and video imaging of the wrecks. This fidelity in flight control offered by ROV Latis enabled acquisition of high quality imagery which was used to build the three dimensional model of the UBoat on the seabed.   

 

The expedition also involved Irish Naval Service (ROV) team and dive unit for training and trials of the INS Cherokee ROV alongside the advanced ROV Latis systems. Speaking about the new one of a kind smart ROV operating systems implemented on ROV Latis called Ocean Rings, Dr Toal said; “This technology now includes state-of-the-art control systems, precision navigation and positioning capabilities. The operating environment in the ROV Control Cabin aboard ship gives the surface pilot and scientists an immersive reality transparent ocean view of the underwater world as if they were sitting on the submerged vehicle and the ocean was made transparent well beyond the limits of video imagery in the underwater world.“

 

This is a unique prototype and the UL Marine Robotics team are currently commercialising the technology.  The archaeological aspects of the survey are supported in part by funding from the Environment Fund of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, while other aspects of the development have been supported by Science Foundation Ireland, the Marine Institute, Enterprise Ireland and EU funded projects.

 

The U-boat location was recently discovered by Eoghan Kieran of Moore Marine during a geophysical survey of the area. The archaeological wreck investigations aspects of the robotic survey aboard LÉ Eithne were carried out by the UL team together with Moore Marine and Dr Garret Duffy of the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, NUI Galway. The team was also joined by Dr Martin Dean of Adus Ltd in Scotland, a specialist company working in advanced geophysical survey of wrecks and submerged structures.  

 

This off shore collaboration of the UL Marine Robotics team and the INS represents the first such team-up with others to follow in on-going subsea ocean vehicle research in Search And Recovery (SAR) operations and other underwater intervention tasks.  The INS is a partner in IMERC (with UCC and CIT) and the UL robotics team is collaborating with IMERC partners in ocean technology, robotics and renewable ocean energy.  The UL team aboard LÉ Ethne included Dr Daniel Toal, Dr Edin Omerdic, Dr Gerard Dooly, Mr Liam Miller and Mr Joseph Coleman, and together they have a wealth of experience in ocean engineering research, submarine robotic operations, technical diving, marine imaging, sensor technologies and workboat operations. For further information see the weblink for the Research team at UL:  www.ROVLatis.ie

Maritime Reporter August 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Norwegian to Buy Prestige Cruises in $3b Deal

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NCLH.O) said it would buy Prestige Cruises International Inc from its owner Apollo Global Management LLC (APO.N) in a $3 billion

Evergreen Upgrades its Intra-Asia Service Network

Evergreen Line announced it will partner with Mariana Express in launching a joint South China- East Malaysia (SEM) Service. The new initiative will give a boost

Bureau Veritas Diversifies with MatthewsDaniel Acquisition

Bureau Veritas announced today that it has acquired MatthewsDaniel Ltd, a global provider of loss adjusting and risk assessment services for the offshore industry.

Technology

NavStation to Launch at SMM

Touch screen technology has transformed everyday life and now, thanks to Norwegian e-navigation specialist NAVTOR, it is set to revolutionize operations onboard busy vessel bridges.

SENER Announces the FORAN V70R3.0

SENER announces the new FORAN V70R3.0, available from July 31, 2014. With more than 45 years in the market, FORAN takes advantage of SENER´s innovative development

New Bulk Carrier Design Puts Ecoships in the Lotus Position

Ecoships, the technical shipmanagement arm of Newport Shipping Group, has introduced a next generation bulk carrier design, developed to set the standard in ecologically

Offshore

N-KOM Lays Keel for Qatar’s First Liftboat

Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) has achieved another milestone with the keel laying of its first liftboat newbuild project, awarded in July 2014 by long-time

Master Fined After Wind Farm Collision

The master of a wind farm support vessel has today been made to pay £3,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to breaches of maritime collision regulations.

Bureau Veritas Diversifies with MatthewsDaniel Acquisition

Bureau Veritas announced today that it has acquired MatthewsDaniel Ltd, a global provider of loss adjusting and risk assessment services for the offshore industry.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Naval Architecture Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1802 sec (6 req/sec)