The BugWright2 Project

Autonomous Robotic Inspection and Maintenance on Ship Hulls

Reporting Period 1

[January 2020 – March 2021] 

Main achievements/Results

Work Package 1: Specification, Use-Cases and Legal Framework

  • User requirements documented in Deliverable 1.1
  • A multi-perspective approach has been followed engaging all stakeholders (class, owner, service provider) in the elicitation of requirements
  • KPIs have been drafted to validate technology (measuring pilot impact, end- user satisfaction and tech components performance)
  • Mission scenario specifics have been designed (in liaison with WP9)
  • The first design and definition of s/w and h/w components to integrate and adapt crawlers, underwater platforms and aerial platforms to autonomous operation and project specs is drafted (D1.2)
  • Intensive work in the design of the new platform to accommodate additional payloads
  • During 2020, two prototypes have been designed, produced, and tested thoroughly, and a new 3rd and final prototype is about to be sent for production in 2021
  • Regular discussions with service suppliers helped better understanding of the needs
  • Feedbacks integrated in the R&D : IP67 / light crawler for GLM, wireless crawler for AASA
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  • User requirements documented in Deliverable 1.1
  • A multi-perspective approach has been followed engaging all stakeholders (class, owner, service provider) in the elicitation of requirements
  • KPIs have been drafted to validate technology (measuring pilot impact, end- user satisfaction and tech components performance)
  • Mission scenario specifics have been designed (in liaison with WP9)
  • The first design and definition of s/w and h/w components to integrate and adapt crawlers, underwater platforms and aerial platforms to autonomous operation and project specs is drafted (D1.2)
  • Intensive work in the design of the new platform to accommodate additional payloads
  • During 2020, two prototypes have been designed, produced, and tested thoroughly, and a new 3rd and final prototype is about to be sent for production in 2021
  • Regular discussions with service suppliers helped better understanding of the needs
  • Feedbacks integrated in the R&D : IP67 / light crawler for GLM, wireless crawler for AASA
  • Middleware selected at the beginning of the project: 

    • ROS as the main communication mean (aerial, crawler, visualization)

    • DUNE for the underwater systems because of the large body of existing work

    • ROS-DUNE bridge for integration (UPORTO)

  • Preliminary simulation environment provided to all partners in the first months of the project (Deliverable submitted)

    • Combination Gazebo-ROS

    • Expanded and improved by INSA

    • In use at RWTH, KLU

    • Specific simulation for multi-robot coverage in use at INSA/LSL

  • National comparative analysis has started. At the outset, WMU has developed a questionnaire taking into account all pre-requisite elements. Jurisdictions of this deliverable includes Norway, Netherlands, US, China, Canada and Singapore. Reports for Netherlands and Norway are complete with the report for the US currently ongoing.

  • Schema of a prototypical hull inspection process (i.e., task sequence, task characteristics) has been created by UT
  • Identification of 23 critical factors for the social acceptance of BugWright2 that refer to the six categories task, technology, visualisation, human, hybrid team, and organizsational context
  • Evaluation of state-of-the-art robot technology with a focus on user acceptance (i.e., perceived strengths and weaknesses of technology, (interface) design, system operation, and maintenance)
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grand agreement No 871260.