Omnidirectional underwater surveying and telepresence
Document typeConference lecture
Rights accessOpen Access
Exploratory dives are traditionally the first step for marine scientists to acquire information on a previously unknown area of scientific interest. Manned submersibles have been the platform of choice for such exploration, as they allow a high level of environmental perception by the scientist on-board, and the ability to take informed decisions on what to explore next. However, manned submersibles have extremely high operation costs and provide very limited bottom time. Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) can partially address these two issues, but have operational and cost constraints that restrict their usage. This paper discusses new capabilities to assist scientists operating lightweight hybrid remotely operated vehicles (HROV) in exploratory missions of mapping and surveying. The new capabilities, under development within the Spanish National project OMNIUS, provide a new layer of autonomy for HROVs by exploring three key concepts: Omni-directional optical sensing for collaborative immersive exploration, Proximity safety awareness and Online mapping during mission time.
CitationEstrela Gracias, Nuno Ricardo [et al.]. Omnidirectional underwater surveying and telepresence. A: 7th International Workshop on Marine Technology : MARTECH 2016. "Instrumentation viewpoint". Vilanova i la Geltrú: SARTI, 2016, p. 75-77.