D-RisQ, Forth, Rovco, the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Thales UK and The University of Manchester, have been developing autonomous underwater systems as part of a cross-cutting programme, which brings together expertise from multiple industries and academia.
A high tech autonomous underwater system for nuclear inspection was successfully demonstrated in August, at Forth Engineering’s headquarters at Maryport, Cumbria.
The demonstration forms a part of the Autonomous Aquatic Inspection and Intervention (A2I2) project, a collaborative R&D project supported by Innovate UK under the Industrial Strategy Research Fund.
Currently based on the Malvern Hills Science Park D-RisQ brings advanced automated software development tools to safety-critical, security-critical and business-critical systems developers and has used these tools to develop high integrity, autonomous decision making, safety-critical software for this demonstrator that enables the autonomous operation in accordance with regulatory requirements.
Nick Tudor, CEO of D-RisQ Ltd. said: “ Underwater robots are increasingly utilised for commercial and scientific applications to make measurements and interact with underwater assets and the environment. The project’s goal is to develop underwater autonomous vehicles that can improve safety and reduce the challenges of operating in hazardous environments.”