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Widely scalable Mobile Underwater Sonar Technology

Objective

The WiMUST (Widely scalable Mobile Underwater Sonar Technology) project aims at expanding and improving the functionalities of current cooperative marine robotic systems, effectively enabling distributed acoustic array technologies for geophysical surveying with a view to exploration and geotechnical applications. Recent developments have shown that there is vast potential for groups of marine robots acting in cooperation to drastically improve the methods available for ocean exploration and exploitation. Traditionally, seismic reflection surveying is performed by vessel towed streamers of hydrophones acquiring reflected acoustic signals generated by acoustic sources (either towed or onboard a vessel). In this context, geotechnical surveying for civil and commercial applications (e.g., underwater construction, infrastructure monitoring, mapping for natural hazard assessment, environmental mapping, etc.) aims at seafloor and sub-bottom characterization using towed streamers of fixed length that are extremely cumbersome to operate. The vision underlying the WiMUST proposal is that of developing advanced cooperative and networked control / navigation systems to enable a large number (tens) of marine robots (both on the surface and submerged) to interact by sharing information as a coordinated team (not only in pairs). The WiMUST system may be envisioned as an adaptive variable geometry acoustic array. By allowing the group of surface and submerged vehicles to change their geometrical configuration, an end-user can seamlessly change the geometry of the ”virtual streamer” trailing the emitter, something that has not been achieved in practice and holds potential to drastically improve ocean surveying. The project brings together a group of research institutions, geophysical surveying companies and SMEs with a proven track record in autonomous adaptive and robust systems, communications, networked cooperative control and navigation, and marine robot design and fabrication.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA

Address

Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 753 500

Participants (8)

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ASSOCIACAO DO INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO PARA A INVESTIGACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 505 800

CINTAL - CENTRO INVESTIGACAO TECNOLOGICA DO ALGARVE

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 469 375

THE UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 435 468,75

EVOLOGICS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 586 437,50

GRAAL TECH SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 425 000

CGG SERVICES SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 104 000

GEO MARINE SURVEY SYSTEMS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 444 750

GEOSURVEYS-CONSULTORES EM GEOFISICALDA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 245 750

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 645141

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2015

  • End date

    31 January 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.5.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 970 081,25

  • EU contribution

    € 3 970 081,25

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA

Italy