The BugWright2 project

Autonomous Robotic Inspection and Maintenance on Ship Hulls


Presentation of BugWright2 and one of its Integration weeks (Athens, Greece, May 2022).

The first physical and on-site Integration week was at the Perama shipyard in Athens (Greece). After a couple of years forced to work remotely, partners were finally happy to do their tests on site. For this occasion, a mock-up was built and tests were realised on the hull (use of a Crawler), around the hull (drones) and in the tank around the hull (Pioneer).
In the same time, the first studies about work psychology were realised, the mapping of the hull and the draft of the Virtual Reality environment started.
Congratulations to all partners for the amazing work done!

Crawler integration demo: CNRS working on localisation and mapping on a RBP crawler.

Visualisation integration demo: RWTH working on a VR/AR-supported hardware and software framework that enables efficient and intuitive planning and monitoring of inspection and cleaning tasks in a multi-robot scenario.

Pioneer integration demo: Blueye test an acoustic position system.

Crawler demo: CNRS working on Ultrasonic Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping.

Crawler demo: CNRS working on autonomous sweeping of a steel wall.

Crawler demo: CNRS working on localisation and mapping.

Visualisation integration demo: VR application developed at RWTH and the drone located at UNI-KLU.

Drone demo: illustration of autonomous inspection-oriented capabilities of the UIB drone.

Drone demo: performance of the UIB 3D laser-based odometer

Drone demo: Motion estimation results from the VIO solution developed at the University of Klagenfurt (UNI-KLU), processing flight data captured at the UIB laboratory.

Drone demo: Illustration of the performance of an RGBD-based odometer developed at the UIB lab.

Pioneer demo: Autonomous underwater operation (Pioneer) realised by BEYE. Visualisation by RWTH.

Drone demo: Autonomous sweeping, mock-up rear part by UIB (Integration week Perama, Athens, Greece, May 2022).

Drone demo: Autonomous vertical inspection on the mock-up rear part by UIB (Integration week Perama, Athens, Greece, May 2022).

Drone demo: Autonomous sweeping & vertical inspection on an offshore platform by UIB (Integration week Trondheim, Norway, June 2022)

Drone demo: Autonomous sweeping in sequence at the biology station by UIB (Integration week Trondheim, Norway, June 2022).

Defect and obstacles localization: work on the development of a robotized solution for localization and mapping for inspecting of large-scale structures by CETIM.

Defect localisation with a single Robot: CETIM has developed an innovative robotic solution dedicated to the inspection of boat hulls and other large structures such as storage tanks.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grand agreement No 871260.