ADRIATIC

PROJECT TITLE

cooperAtion unDerwater foR effIcient operATions vehICles – ADRIATIC


PRIORITY AREA

PA3: Automation, sensors, monitoring and observations

SUBTOPIC

PA3: Underwater technology


CONSORTIUM

Beia Consult International – Romania

Elkon Elektrik San. Tic. A.S – Turkey

OBSS Teknoloji A.S. – Turkey

Norwegian University of Science and Technology Computer Science – Norway

uSEA Corporate – Norway


PROJECT DURATION: 36 Months

TOTAL REQUESTED FUNDING: 1074000 €

TOTAL COSTS: 1479000 €


ABSTRACT

The current capabilities of Unmanned Underwater and Unmanned Surface Vehicles (UUVs and USVs, respectively) have leveraged the implementation of increasingly complex missions at sea. Thus, nowadays there is a huge interest in the development of advanced techniques for cooperative and coordinated operation by multiple autonomous vehicles, since such approach promises a performance, robustness, flexibility, and adaptability that is unachievable with a single vehicle. Despite the growing interest in the field, most of the ongoing research work is purely theoretical or, if experimental, focused on partial aspects of the whole mission loop and tightly coupled to the available vehicles and architectures in these developments. ADRIATIC aims at taking this situation to the next level by developing a vendor-neutral software framework for mission planning and simulation of cooperative autonomous marine vehicles. This solution will integrate the whole mission loop (Autonomous Navigation; Environment Recognition and Sensing; Water/Underwater Communications) while expanding the functionalities of existing open-source libraries and APIs focused on specific aspects of UUV/USV operation, such as vessel dynamics, guidance, navigation (UUV Simulator, UWSim) or underwater image processing (UNDROIP). A simulation environment will be used to develop and verify the task planning navigation and the control of the system. Simulation will provide a flexible environment test and demonstrate different scenarios and vehicles. This approach will remove the restrictions of having limited access to hardware and will increase software reusability, lowering the existing entrance barrier to UUV/USV operation. ADRIATIC combines the efforts of four companies and one university from three European countries, which common vision is to expand the use of underwater vehicles to facilitate the conception, planning and execution of maritime and offshore operations and missions. This will reduce operational costs, increase the safety of tasks and of involved individuals, and expand the offshore sector.

 

Summary

ADRIATIC combines the complementary efforts of five organisations from three European countries and adopts a transdisciplinary approach in developing a comprehensive smart system for monitoring, inspection, intervention and path planning/guidance methodologies for marine vehicles (AUVs/ROVs). The comprehensive technology developed within a duration of 36 months will ensure coordinated navigation and efficient operations of multiple cooperative vehicles underwater.

 

General objectives

The primary goal of the ADRIATIC project is to expand the use of underwater vehicles (AUVs, ROVs) to facilitate the conception, planning and execution of maritime and offshore operations and missions. This will reduce the operational costs, increase the safety of tasks and of involved individuals, and expand the offshore sector. To that extent, an integrated software platform for a new generation of autonomous maritime and underwater operation will be developed as a set of components, adopted and incorporated into the current generation of maritime and underwater vehicles in order to improve autonomy, robustness, cost-effectiveness, and reliability of offshore operations, namely through vehicles cooperation.