2009 Ultra-Deepwater

Autonomous Inspection of Subsea Facilities

Subcontractor: Lockheed Martin Corporation

Principal Investigator: Dan McLeod
Project Number Project Status
09121-3300-05 Completed
RPSEA Project Manager: James Pappas
Florida Atlantic University, Seanic Ocean Systems
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
September 10, 2010 April 30, 2012
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$3,088,407.00 $1,271,229.00 $1,786,294.00
Project Objectives

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) are becoming more capable and reliable. Implementation of AUV-based IRM in ultra-deepwater fields will provide game-changing improvements in cost, performance, safety and reliability that will enable cost effective production of these smaller deepwater fields. Industry advances in autonomy used on Unmanned Ground and Air vehicles may be transitioned to existing AUVs enabling the capability to perform autonomous inspections and light intervention. Incremental demonstration of such AUV capabilities will be required to convince Field Operators that the reliability, safety, and capabilities of these systems are acceptable for deepwater operations.

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File Type Date
Autonomous Inspection of Subsea Facilities - Phase 2 ( 1.4 MB ) Final Report 03/12
Autonomous Inspection of Subsea Facilities - Phase 1 Test Report ( 1.1 MB ) Final Report 11/11