The objective of TAURUS is to develop the robotic technology for an autonomous underwater vehicle capable of the cost-effective servicing of sub-sea structures (pipelines, wellheads, platforms) in water depths of up to 2300 meters.
The approach will be based on the integration of existing techniques and equipment for sensor processing and fusion of stereo video and sonar data, task-level planning, user interfaces, positioning, obstacle avoidance, and guidance and control all according to a functional architecture specification designed to address the service mission.
The resulting systems will be installed on an existing remotely operated vehicle (ROV) able to carry the sensor payload; open-water trials for finding and docking to a wellhead will also be conducted.
A demonstrator will be developed to evaluate the new techniques under real conditions in a shore-base adjacent to the Kentree Workshop in Ireland.
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EH14 4AS Edinburgh