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Marine INspection rObotic Assistant System

Marine INspection rObotic Assistant System

Objective

The increasing competitiveness in marine operations creates a need for new system concepts that introduce high technology value added products, facilitate the processes involved and minimize the downtimes. The need, thus, lies not only in incorporating the technological means so far available, but in changing the way the corresponding authorities stand against the challenges at hand.
MINOAS project proposes reengineering of the overall vessel-inspection methodology, by introducing an innovative system concept that incorporates state of the art technologies, but at the same time formulating a new standardization of the overall inspection process. Through holistic approach, MINOAS proposes the development of a new infrastructure that substitutes human personnel by high locomotion enabled robots and ‘teleports’ the human inspector from the vessel’s hold to a control room with virtual reality properties. The human’s perceptual abilities are enhanced through the utilization of high resolution tools (eg sensors) and are augmented through the parallel processing property provided by MINOAS. Following the centralized control scheme adopted in similar distributed control methodologies (SCADA), the number and the sequence of the tasks required is rearranged and the overall inspection procedure is brought in alignment with the current tendency adopted in similar inspection, exploration and surveillance tasks.
The proposed innovative system concept, considers the assembly of a robot fleet with advanced locomotion abilities and sets of tools that are dedicated to the tasks attached to the inspection process, the development of control techniques and algorithms that provide a semi-autonomous nature to the operation of the robot-fleet and a hierarchical controller that realize the virtual environment for the human inspector and adds newly developed toolboxes enabling on-line processing of the harvested data and operate as a Decision Support System in the aid of the inspector.
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Coordinator

RINA SERVICES SPA

Address

Via Corsica 12
16128 Genova

Italy

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 261 838

Administrative Contact

Alessia Vergine (Ms.)

Participants (9)

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DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUR KUNSTLICHE INTELLIGENZ GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 380 826,50

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 273 625,50

GLAFCOS MARINE EPE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 373 455

UNIVERSITAT DE LES ILLES BALEARS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 193 928

Rigel Engineering S.r.l.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 128 107

HORAMA, MARKETING & ENGINEERING SERVICES S.A.

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 169 620

LLOYD'S REGISTER EMEA IPS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 237 571,50

MARINE TECHNICAL GROUP - DOLPHIN PLC

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 34 620

NAFPHGIKES & VIOMIHANIKES EPIXEIRISEIS SYROU

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 48 443,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 233715

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2009

  • End date

    30 June 2012

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 958 170,60

  • EU contribution

    € 2 102 035

Coordinated by:

RINA SERVICES SPA

Italy

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