Oceanology International is celebrating 50 years as the world’s largest ocean technology exhibition and conference.
500+ exhibitors will join the celebration in the only event that brings together the 3 key players in the industry: businesses, academics and government. Live demonstrations and interactive seminars accompany a host of new features to be announced soon.
With over 8,000 attendees targeted for 2020, it is a must-attend event for those involved in exploring, monitoring, developing or protecting the world’s oceans, from seabed to surface and beyond.
Join us in London to discover game-changing innovations and solutions transforming the future of ocean technology.
Subsea@Fraunhofer at the Oceanology International 2020
The Oceanology International is the world's largest exhibition for ocean technology and marine science. Subsea@Fraunhofer presents in London its solutions in the area of underwater technologies. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft evaluates the requirements has to fulfil for different users from aquaculture to maritime mining and develops high-tech solutions for underwater use. The research and development spectrum of the Subsea@Fraunhofer partners includes corrosion protection, underwater welding, sensor systems to prototypic construction of entire remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicles and underwater image processing.
In addition Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the Subsea@Fraunhofer partners present the large-scale project “Ocean Technology Campus” (OTC). The OTC is planned as a location for technological underwater research with a versatile testing area off the coast. At the core of the project is the “Digital Ocean Lab” – an undersea site for testing ideas and simulations under controlled conditions in a real-world environment. On land, the OTC will maintain a bridgehead where researchers from the various project partners will work together.[WD1]
Digital ocean technology: Immersive study of maritime sonar data
A novel acoustic 3D imaging and surveying system is being developed as part of the “Acoustic Eye” project funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. It is based on bionic findings from processing signals emitted by bats and dolphins. Fraunhofer IGD is implementing the visualization and real-time analysis of the collected spatial and spectral data into a VR application, which will make it possible for the operator of an ROV to investigate the sea floor, even down into the sediment in some cases. Other applications include shipwreck recovery, unexploded ordnance detection and natural manganese deposit surveying.
Digital ocean technology: Machine learning for real-time video processing
Fraunhofer IGD is developing special, AI-based image processing methods to significantly improve the quality of underwater images in a simple way. By using artificial neural networks (ANNs), no parameters need to be set to achieve optimal image enhancement such as color correction, noise reduction and sharpness. With the support of hardware, processing can be in real time with low power consumption. Underwater technology providers can employ Fraunhofer IGD’s solution in a number of applications, such as the embedded systems of smart cameras or underwater vehicles.
The project 'Robotic Vessels as-a-Service' (RoboVaaS) aims to make maritime operations in coastal waters safer and more secure by integrating and networking small ASVs or ROVs and to offer new services for shipping. The system is supported by networked vehicles with special sensor technology, a reliable data transmission cloud network for surface and underwater communication, a monitoring station and a web-based real-time user interface.
Condition monitoring of offshore foundation structures
Maintenance work in offshore wind farms is very time-consuming and cost-intensive. In order to be able to permanently detect defects in foundation structures, Fraunhofer IKTS has developed a sensor sleeve that is placed around the foundation structure. Electronics and sensors are permanently protected from seawater by various barrier layers. The data evaluation is carried out by imaging using Fresnel zone migration. The methods and systems of condition monitoring are also transferable to pipelines and storage tanks.
Extraction, transport and processing of raw materials are associated with considerable wear on tools, conveying and processing equipment. New hardmetals and diamond ceramics developed by the Fraunhofer IKTS are able to minimize wear – sometimes by a factor of 100 – and to increase the reliability of such plants considerably as compared to conventional material solutions. In optical applications, transparent ceramics with their special optical parameters and extremely high compressive strength offer an alternative to conventional glasses.
Joining, coating and monitoring despite water pressure, darkness, salinity and low water temperature: Under water, large structures in particular are exposed to extreme mechanical and environmental stresses. For Oceanology International 2020, Fraunhofer IGP is crafting a demo to illustrate trendsetting paths in welding, joining, fastening and adhering while under water. Also shown will be innovative coating systems for maritime structures.
The TORTUGA ROV family is a series of agile, remotely controlled underwater vehicles (ROV), which, are equipped with an internal energy storage device and a compact fiber-optic cable to communicate with their control station. A flexible design of the vehicles and various interface options allow a variety of tasks to be handled. Several sensors for underwater navigation and environmental monitoring are available. The TORTUGA-ROVs can be converted into an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). With the necessary navigation sensors the AUVs can operate without any cable connection to the control station.