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AUV Bootcamp

Owners and operators of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) throughout the world are a relatively small, although growing, population. In an effort to improve the state of the underwater vehicle industry as a whole, the University of Delaware and the University of New Hampshire co-host a biennial AUV Bootcamp which brings together manufacturers, universities, government agencies, navies, and other owners and operators for a six day AUV extravaganza. Each AUV Bootcamp is slightly different, using different vehicles, or operating in different conditions or locations, but the focus on improving every level of AUV operations remains consistent between events.

  • The 2014 AUV Bootcamp, hosted at the University of New Hampshire's Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex was conducted from August 3-8
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    Team members deploy an AUV into the Gulf of Maine at the 2014 AUV Bootcamp
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2014 AUV Bootcamp

The 2014 AUV Bootcamp, hosted at the University of New Hampshire's Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex was conducted from August 3-8 using a Kongsberg Hydroid Remus 600 vehicle operating just outside the harbor area in the Gulf of Maine. The missions, this year, were focused on bathymetric data gathering for the purposes of nautical charting and enhancing data processing techniques used to generate hydrographic quality survey products.

The camp is split into two rotating groups--  an operational group and an analysis group. In between operations and analysis, talks were presented covering topics such as navigation, localization, estimation, mapping, visualization, power-management and more. Each day, the operations team (for the day) loads the vehicle and gear onto the deployment vessel and steams out of port to the survey area.  While the operations team is running AUV missions to collect data, the analysis team focuses on processing and presenting data from the previous day's missions.  When the operational group of the day returns from sea each afternoon, members from both groups rejoin to review the activities of the day and to take part in any preplanned talks.

Another large component of the AUV Bootcamp is manufacturer interaction. The Bootcamp gives operators and owners the chance to discuss specific issues and desires directly with manufacturer scientists, engineers, programmers, and representatives. Alternatively, manufacturers can discuss future design and offering plans to better address the industry's wants and needs based on these conversations.

In 2016, AUV Bootcamp is tentatively scheduled to be held at the University of Delaware's Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, DE. The Delaware Bay offers the perfect blend of interesting features, protected waters and close proximity to the Lewes Campus to serve as an AUV proving grounds.

Links

>> Robotic Discovery Laboratories
>> Photos from the 2014 AUV Bootcamp on Facebook

 

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