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)
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, visualisation). DUNE for the underwater systems because of the large body of existing work. ROS-DUNE bridge for integration (by 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 organisational 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).
The required stages to go from the tele-operated surveys to the full-system evaluation were considered and the metrics and performance measures to evaluate the system were defined. We described the services offered (visual or ultrasonic inspection, hull cleaning) by every end-user, as well as we defined the means to evaluate them.
From the specifications of the implementation of the large-scale pilot, we concluded to the need for the derivation of an appropriate training schedule for the robot operators and for extended training and familiarisation activities for them to be able to conduct RAS inspections.
Organised deployment of off-the-shelf platforms to the end-user.
GLM focused its activities on three sub-tasks: Familiarisation & Training, Class Certification and Onshore & Onboard Inspections.
An onboard class survey of a vessel took place with the use of the BUGWRIGHT2 robotic platforms.
With the aid of SBK, design and preparation works of the hull section mock-up have been implemented, while its construction and installation has been relocated to an appropriate location in Aspropyrgos, Greece. This mock-up will contribute significantly on the demonstration of the capabilities of the robotic means for the inspection of ships.