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Tele-Operated Autonomous Underwater Robot for Unmanned Servicing

Objective

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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Coordinator

BP INTERNATIONAL LTD
Address
Chertsey Road
TW16 7LN Sunbury On Thames
United Kingdom
 

Participants (5)

Comex technologie SA
France
Address
Boulevard Des Océans
13275 Marseille
 
Ente per le Nuove Tecnologie, l'Energia e l'Ambiente (ENEA)
Italy
Address
Viale Regina Margherita 125
00148 Roma
 
Heriot-Watt University
United Kingdom
Address
Riccarton
EH14 4AS Edinburgh
 
KENTREE
Ireland
Address
Kilbrittain
Co Cork
 
Tecnomare SpA - Società per lo sviluppo delle tecnologie marine
Italy
Address
San Marco 3584
30124 Venezia