AUV NEWS: Beyond ROV DP - Seebyte embarks on SMART UUV 3000
Posted on 21.12.2007 - 08:00 EST in AUV NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links
SeeByte Ltd starts SMART UUV 3000; a three year undertaking that aims to productise smart Unmanned Underwater Vehicle software solutions that will enable Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) to automatically tackle complex tasks such as inspection of risers, jackets, manifolds, chains, wellheads, rigs, ship hulls and harbours including searching complex areas and intervention tasks on known structures.
This USD3M enterprise will benefit from technology development programmes currently being undertaken by SeeByte for customers such as BP and the US Office of Naval Research. The SMART UUV 3000 programme has been credited by the Scottish Government with the prestigious SPURplus award. SPURplus rewards highly innovative development projects which will result in world-beating products and processes.
This development is following the launch of SeeTrack Offshore, a Dynamic Positioning (DP) system that can be retrofitted to existing ROVs. SeeByte wanted to ensure that future versions of the software would benefit from the latest technological breakthroughs, which lead to SMART UUV 3000. ROV operations are promised to become safer, quicker and easier by automating the ROV control process using this software.
Seebyte aims to provide true DP by improving the ability to maintain the ROV position relative to both a fixed absolute position and a moving object, and by making the ROV smarter. To do this, SMART UUV 3000 will provide improved navigation performance, improved awareness of the UUV's environment and the ability to automatically interpret and carry out a plan in a changing dynamic situation. It will provide game changing technology ensuring that offshore inspection tasks can be completed effectively and in a timely fashion.