From 23rd April to 4th May, CRIS marine robotics team is running the survey “Advanced mapping of complex Marine Structures” on board RV Celtic Explorer. The survey is led by Dr Chris McGonigle from Ulster University and in collaboration with the Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS). It is funded under the Horizon 2020 EUMarine Robots project with additional funding from the Marine Institute ship time programme. We are planning to inspect several World War I wrecks during the survey, including SS Justicia north-west of Malin Head. The team will perform ROV photogrammetry and laser scanning for the posterior 3D reconstruction of the inspected sites. For more info, follow us at CRIS Facebook.
The Irish Government has recently announced an investment of €95m for groundbreaking projects under its Disruptive Technologies Fund. In total 29 projects have been funded covering areas such as life sciences, medical devices, ICT, artificial intelligence, manufacturing and environmental sustainability. Our centre has been successful as a partner in two funded projects under this scheme: Sempre-Subsea Micropiles: Robotic Drill & Prototype Foundation Development, Test & Evaluation, UL lead by Dr Edin Omerdic and Guard: Drug Interdiction Using Smart Drones, UL lead by Dr Gearad Dooly.
Sempre will develop micro piles for subsea anchoring use, which will lower the cost, have substantial environmental benefits, improve seabed access. The aim of the project is to reduce the cost of offshore wind installations by up to 20%. This project received €2.88m, and the coordinator is Minicon PLC, with UL, UCD and Subsea Micropiles Ltd as partners.
The GUARD project received €5.1m. It aims to support Naval Services with an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Solution to improve maritime security and position Ireland as a leader in smart drones. Tyndall National Institute is the coordinator, while partners are A-TechSyn Ltd, University of Limerick, VRAI Ltd, University College Dublin, WAZP, Defence Forces and Naval Service, Revenue and Customs.
On the 1st of February in CRIS, we started a new Horizon 2020 funded project on Robotic Survey, Repair & Agile Manufacture (RESURGAM). It is a large, multinational, 6 million Euro project funded by the EU Commission in which we will work alongside leading researchers and shipyards from 9 European countries. The project aims to revolutionise the way ships hulls are repaired by the transfer of Friction Stir Welding technology into underwater vessels repair. Friction Stir Welding (FSW) is high integrity, low distortion, environmentally benign welding technique that allows the automated production of high strength welds, and which also works underwater. The project consortium will develop an innovative portable Underwater Friction Stir Welding robotic system, a modular fabrication with FSW capability and a digital platform to support them. The system will make processes safer, faster and more cost-efficient than conventional welding. The new technology will combine the latest in robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Industry 4.0 and FSW techniques. See the project press release here. More @resurgamproject.eu