MINOAS – Innovative Product Concepts project: Marine INspection rObotic Assistant System

ABSTRACT

The project proposes the re-engineering of the overall vessel inspection methodology, by introducing an innovative system concept that incorporates state of the art technologies, but at the same time formulates a new standardization of the overall inspection process. MINOAS proposes the development of a new infrastructure that complements 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.

 

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PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
MASSIMO CACCIA

   TYPE AND DATE
   FP7 Sustainable Surface Transport
   STARTING DATE – Jun 1, 2009
   ENDING DATE – Jun 30, 2012

COST
TOTAL COST €: …
TOTAL FUNDING € …

CNR ISSIA
COST € 382,796.87
FUNDING € 293,851.50

SUMMARY

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 semiautonomous nature to the operation of the robot fleet and a hierarchical controller that enables online processing of the harvested data and operate as a Decision Support System in the aid of the inspector. In particular, the paper, in addition to provide an overview of the project motivations, concept and goals, will discuss the specifications of the MINOAS system, in particular with respect to an accurate anaysis of the tasks executed during vessel inspections, the proposed overall architecture and the classes of robots that will be considered as a possible help to the human inspector.

CNR-ISSIA research activity focused on the development of a Magnetic Autonomous Robotic Climber (MARC) and the adaptation of commercial mini-ROV for inspecting the internal structures of cargo ships.

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PARTNERSHIP

TRINA SpA (coordinator), Italy
Lloyd’s Register (UK)
DFKI, Bremen (DE)
University of Balearic Islands (SP)
Glafcos Marine Ltd (GR)
MTG Dolphin Shipyard, Varna (BG)
Neorion Shipyard (GR)
RIGEL Engineering S.p.A. (IT)
Horama S.A. (GR)