ScienceROV

Limitations and possibilities for ROV use in industrial scale Aquaculture research experiments

DAGON is checked by Per Rundtop (SINTEF) during test runs, while a salmon passes by. (Photo: Jan Albiez / DFKI GmbH)
DAGON is checked by Per Rundtop (SINTEF) during test runs, while a salmon passes by. (Photo: Jan Albiez / DFKI GmbH)
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Project leader:
Dr.-Ing. Jan Albiez
 
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ScienceROV is a EU funded (AquaExcel TNA grant) project which aims at the evaluation of localization methods for ROVs within production fishfarms. ROVs are widely used within the aquaculture industry to inspect and monitor equipment within a fish cage, but due to the lack of localization methods a lot of the work has to be supported by divers. By using the hybrid AUV DAGON the partners ACE, SINTEF and DFKI RIC evaluate LBL, USBL and optical systems within a salmon fish cage.

Duration: 01.04.2013 till 30.08.2013
Donee: DFKI GmbH
Sponsor: European Union
Grant number: AquaExcel TNA Grant No. 0041/03/11/26
Partner: Aqua Culture Engineering (ACE), Norway SINTEF Aquaculture and Fisheries, Norway AquaExcel
Application Field: Underwater Robotics
Related Projects: MerdROV
Evaluation of navigation-concepts for UUVs in fish-farms (01.2012- 12.2013)
Related Robots: DAGON

Project details

RV Torra moored tot he cage during the experiments . (Photo: Jan Albiez / DFKI GmbH)
DAGON during jumping salmon in the fish cage. (Photo: Jan Albiez / DFKI GmbH)

Remote operated underwater vehicles (ROV) are commonly used in the aquaculture industry. Further are there more and more full-scale scientific experiments on aquaculture sites to monitor aquaculture system performance and fish welfare as well. However is the use of ROV in these scientific experiments up to now very limited, instead are, for example, divers used to deploy and inspect equipment.
The goal of the EU funded ScienceROV project is to evaluate different methods of ROV localization by experiments in a real running fish farm.ScienceROV is funded by the EU Network AquaExcel as a TNA action and is done by the partners ACE, SINTEF and DFKI RIC.
There have been tow experiment weeks, one at the end of April 2013 and one at then end of July 2013. Both were done within the SalMar/ACE fishfarm near Halsa in Norway.

Picture gallery

DAGON is lifted onboard RV Torra before the experiments
DAGON is lifted onboard RV Torra before the experiments. (Photo: Jan Albiez / DFKI GmbH)
Deploying DAGON into the fish cage
Deploying DAGON into the fish cage. (Photo: Jan Albiez / DFKI GmbH)
Christoper Gaudig (DFKI) is doing final checks on DAGON.
Christoper Gaudig (DFKI) is doing final checks on DAGON. (Photo: Jan Albiez / DFKI GmbH)
DAGON at the net oft he cage before a test run.
DAGON at the net oft he cage before a test run. (Photo: Jan Albiez / DFKI GmbH)
Christopher Gaudig (DFKI) controlling DAGON during a dive from the Cabin of RV Torra
Christopher Gaudig (DFKI) controlling DAGON during a dive from the Cabin of RV Torra. (Photo: Jan Albiez / DFKI GmbH)
DAGON is checked by Per Rundtop (SINTEF) during test runs, while a salmon passes by.
DAGON is checked by Per Rundtop (SINTEF) during test runs, while a salmon passes by. (Photo: Jan Albiez / DFKI GmbH)
Per Rundtop (SINTEF) observes DAGON in the cage
Per Rundtop (SINTEF) observes DAGON in the cage. (Photo: Jan Albiez / DFKI GmbH)
Christopher Gaudig (DFKI) is checking DAGON after a successful day in the cage
Christopher Gaudig (DFKI) is checking DAGON after a successful day in the cage. (Photo: Jan Albiez / DFKI GmbH)
The ScienceROV team
The ScienceROV team (left to right): Terrje Bremvåg (ACE), Per Rundtop (SINTEF), Christopher Gaudig. (Photo: Jan Albiez / DFKI GmbH)

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