Robe, Matthew (2014) MiniROV. [USQ Project]


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ROVs (Remotely Operable underwater Vehicle) are versatile vehicles used to get into hard-to-reach and/or dangerous marine environments. Current ROVs are expensive and require either a hardwire tether to the operator(s) or expensive acoustic communication methods, both limiting the distance an operator (usually more than one) is from the ROV. Given that underwater diving is a very dangerous profession, making up 27% of Australia’s ocean and harbour deaths prior 2012/2013, there is an obvious need for an affordable ROV which is wirelessly controllable by a single operator in a location remote from the ROV, and which is capable of verbal and visual communication with divers, in particular marine archaeologists.

In determining if such a ROV is possible, a comprehensive study of existing ROVs, communication techniques, components/elements available, and costings were examined.

From this a system model of a buoy buddy system was developed. There are three main elements to this model: a buoy, a ROV, and the operator. The buoy is hardwire tethered to the ROV. The operator is then able to wirelessly communicate with the buoy through traditional IP networks (i.e. GSM or WiFi networks).

It was concluded that the system model would be economically and physically feasible. Further work is required to ascertain if this system model derived will become a reality.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) project.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Maxwell, Andrew
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2015 05:11
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2016 02:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: underwater; exploration; robotics; ROV; remotely operable underwater vehicle; dangerous marine environments; diving; oceans; harbor deaths; buoy buddy system; acoustic communication
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0911 Maritime Engineering > 091103 Ocean Engineering
09 Engineering > 0911 Maritime Engineering > 091101 Marine Engineering
09 Engineering > 0911 Maritime Engineering > 091106 Special Vehicles
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4015 Maritime engineering > 401503 Ocean engineering
40 ENGINEERING > 4015 Maritime engineering > 401501 Marine engineering
40 ENGINEERING > 4015 Maritime engineering > 401505 Special vehicles

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