Rovco has been awarded further funding to develop the next stage of its integrated live 3D vision and artificial intelligence survey technology. This brings the combined total in technology grants for the UK subsea services company to £1.46 million.
The funding has been awarded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency. The next stage, AUV3D Phase 2 continues from the successful Phase 1 project and trials proving the technology at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s test centre.
In collaboration with ORE Catapult and ScottishPower Renewables, the funding will support additional research into the cutting-edge 3D vision technology by applying machine learning and AI-based analysis to 3D survey and cable burial data.
During the 18 month project, Rovco aims to achieve live transmission of 3D subsea models to shore. As the project progresses Rovco will also commercialise its proven technology, bringing subsea survey technology to market in live 3D computer vision.
Rovco predicts the integrated technology, which utilises advanced computer vision and AI systems with ROV platforms, could transform the way offshore inspections are carried out and reduce costs by millions each year.