Advances in Automated Ship Structure Inspection
Thomas Koch, Sankaranarayanan Natarajan, Felix Bernhard, Alberto Ortiz, Francisco Bonnin-Pascual, Emilio Garcia-Fidalgo, Joan Jose Company Corcoles
In Proceeding of 15th International Conference on Computer Applications and Information Technology in the Maritime Industries, (COMPIT-2016), 08.5.-08.5.2016, Lecce, n.n., May/2016.
Inspection of ship-board structures by humans is a time-consuming, expensive and commonly hazardous activity, creating the need to search for better solutions. Simultaneously the desire for broader and intensified data acquisition grows to provide a better basis for refined condition assessment. As the implementation of automated and increasingly autonomous robotic platforms for everyday use becomes more realistic, we have realised various approaches to robotic ship inspection, which are based on advances in multiple dimensions: light-weight robotic platform development, complex data pre-processing functions and large-scale data analytics. Results of investigations carried out as part of a project for enhanced ship safety are presented.