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Robotic Automation of Marine Structure Maintenance

Robotic Automation of Marine Structure Maintenance

Especially in the sea, the relentless forces of entropy are ever at work, corroding, pitting, and wearing away. Shipping ports face the challenge of keeping natural processes in check and maintaining key infrastructure so that the flow of goods can be conducted reliably and profitably.
Today, ports develop maintenance plans based on estimates derived from manual inspections that yield a fraction of the total available data of the inspected structures. As a consequence, such estimates are at best educated guesses intended to develop maintenance plans for billions of dollars of assets and infrastructure. Engineers, cautious by nature, err toward asset replacement based on incomplete structural assessments generated through spotty, error-prone human testing processes. Port managers, under pressure from government compliance bodies, accept the expense of replacement rather than risk failing a safety audit.
Artemis IRS offers a novel, integrated, and proven solution that provides engineers with objective, full-coverage analysis of structural assets free from any subjective human bias. The solution integrates the latest in real-world data acquisition within a robotic platform.