From the coast to the deep sea – oceans provide economic forms of use. The Fraunhofer researchers will present how these can be developed by means of visual computing technologies at SMM 2016 in Hamburg.
(Darmstadt/Rostock/Graz) The maritime industry has special requirements for maritime technology in underwater operations. Offshore facilities, dam walls but also marine aquacultures need to be inspected on a regular basis. Images or videos taken by divers or special diving robots (Remotely Operated Vehicles, ROVs in short, or Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, AUVs in short) provide any required information. By means of the information acquired, the seabed can be optically measured and underwater objects can be reconstructed three-dimensionally. The data obtained are the basis for the decisions to be made: public licensing procedures, investment in the exploitation of natural resources or risk assessment in the case of maritime disasters.
Due to refraction effects and the optical properties of water, these recordings are usually distorted and noisy. In order to evaluate the image content of such recordings visually, the videos must therefore be processed. With special underwater image processing procedures, the researchers of Fraunhofer IGD are improving these images, making them usable for industrial applications. For this purpose, they first deblur the underwater recordings and color-correct them. “The improved quality of the images enables scientists to evaluate the recordings in detail, thus providing companies and authorities with a better decision-making basis than before”, explains Professor Uwe Freiherr von Lukas, head of the “Maritime Graphics” Competence Center at Fraunhofer IGD.
The Fraunhofer researchers will present their software solutions at the booth of the Maritime Cluster of Northern Germany (MCN) in Hall B7, Booth 117 from September 6 through 9, 2016.
More information: http://igd-r.de/SubSeaVideo_en
On September 8, 2016, the Maritime Cluster of Northern Germany (MCN) will receive the ministers and senators of the five northern German states at their booth. The German states of Hamburg, Bremen, Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania are pooling expertise from business, science and politics in the MCN in order to strengthen and promote cooperation in the maritime industry in Northern Germany. As a technology partner Fraunhofer IGD will represent the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania at the reception.