Enduruns project

Enduruns project

Enduruns projet

The ENDURUNS project brings together 15 different European partners and an associated member from South Korea. The goal of this project is to develop and demonstrate a long endurance hybrid AUV (Autonomous Unmanned Vehicle) with gliding capabilities.

This hybrid AUV will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells and cooperate with an USV (Unmanned Surface Vehicle) to accomplish different missions: seabed mapping, geophysical studies, fish stock assessment, inspection of Underwater structures. The project is funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

COMEX is developing a mechanical docking mechanism allowing the AUV to dock to an USV and a virtual based system to assist in the docking process

Our planet is covered two-third by oceans and yet only an equivalent of 15% of the oceans’ total area has been explored to some extent. This represents a vast part of unexplored and uncharted natural resources available. During the 6th June 2017 United Nations Conference, the “Seabed 2030” initiative was launched by the General Bathymetric Charts of Oceans (GEBCO) operating under the guidance of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (ICO) of UNESCO. The goal of the “Seabed 2030” initiative is to promote international collaboration for facilitating the complete mapping of the ocean floor in 2030.

Mapping of the oceans and evaluating their resources is of great importance to global economy and societal security. It provides direct information on available quantities of resources for long-term sustainable exploitation, reliable climate change models, sustainable maritime food production chain stability, new offshore energy and mining resources, quality and status of sea habitats, potential new advanced biomedicine sources, etc.

The strong capability of identifying existing and future critical offshore infrastructure and the accurate mapping of the ocean seabed is of strategic importance to European Member States, maritime activities, policymaking, upholding the blue growth agenda and accurately assessing the state of European sets and International Waters as defined in the EC Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56/EC). EMODnet is a central EU portal for the marine data and contains the existing seabed and bathymetric data acquired predominantly by carrying out bathymetry sonar measurements and multi-beam echo sounder with the help of surface vessels.

So, to achieve the objectives of the “Seabed 2030” initiative, several advancements are needed in areas like Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) design, powering, and control technology, launch and recovery methods, as well as associated communication and geotagging techniques, seabed mapping and infrastructure inspection sensing, etc.

The ENDURUNS project aims to develop a hybrid AUV glider powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology. The application of high energy density H2 as fuel in combination with the gliding capabilities of the vehicle and the support of a USV for battery recharging and data exchange will permit extended operation at sea up to several months, enabling multiple missions to be carried out even with a single launch sequence. ENDURUNS will be able to perform high-resolution seabed mapping within the 100m target specified by the “Seabed 2030” initiative as well as detailed inspection of offshore infrastructure which may require even higher levels of resolution. The sensor payload will be adaptable to the specific requirements of each mission thanks to the modularity and compatibility offered by the ENDURUNS AUV architectural design. Surveying capabilities will permit the use of the ENDURUNS system for geophysical studies, fish stock assessment, surveillance, mineral resources, offshore infrastructure structural evaluation and so on. An USV will be used in conjunction with the AUV. The USV will be capable of connecting with the AUV when required and return to port as a single unit.

The ENDURUNS consortium brings together every stakeholder associated with the relevant value chain, including specification of end-user requirements (CNR-ISMAR, COMEX, KPA), lto the implementation, testing, validation and commercialization of the AUV and USV modules (GRAALTECH, COMEX, TUCO, ALTUS, CNR-ISMAR, UOB), power train research, development and commercialization (HYSYTECH, Z-GROUP, GRAALTECH, COMEX, UOB, NCSRD, UCLM), sensing capability (ON-AIR, SWISSAPP, UOB), communication technologies (SPACEAPPS, UOB), control and navigation (GRAALTECH, COMEX, ALTUS, UOB), advanced structural fiber-reinforced composite materials technology and finite element analysis (ESI, TUCO, UOB), advanced data handling and processing (ON-AIR, ESI, UCLM, UOB),  and widespread dissemination(METIS, CNR-ISMAR, COMEX, UCLM, UOB).

The performance of the ENDURUNS system will be evaluated in an actual relevant operational scenario. Integral parts of ENDURUNS are the LCA of the developed system and its subcomponents as well as the detailed market analysis and business opportunities on which the consortium will be supported by the stakeholders participating in the Advisory Group.

 

Comex.SA

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13275 Marseille – Cedex 9 –
FRANCE

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CX3D – On orbit 3D modeling of satellites

CX3D – On orbit 3D modeling of satellites

CX3D – On orbit 3D modeling of satellites

Figure 1 (left): Mock-up of an “uncooperating” satellite in the COMEX’ Pools. (right) Underwater acquisition of the 3D model in neutral buoyancy conditions (COMEX Pool). The 3D vision system is carried by a diver -instead of a satellite- for instance.)

Space debris are of growing concern to the global space community. One way to reduce the increase in the number of space debris added each year is by prolonging the on-orbit lifetime of the satellites either by performing on-orbit refueling or with the help of a service satellite. Most of the current solutions depend on information regarding the status of the target satellite or the debris. The target satellite could have been changed due to the effects of space weather, mechanical abrasion, malfunction and damage (especially in case of debris removal). Getting precise data on the actual state of the debris is therefore a primordial element in any mitigation strategy.
Especially in geostationary orbit, given the communication delay, a geostationary docking requires a sophisticated control system to dock with the target satellite autonomously without real-time ground assistance.

A solution for such application might come from the depths of the oceans: COMEX develops sophisticated underwater vision and photogrammetry systems that could be used in the space sector. ORUS3D by COMEX SA is the only underwater 3D photogrammetry solution certified for subsea metrology by Bureau Veritas that can create 3D models of underwater infrastructure with submillimetric resolution. The system can be used in various applications, ranging from precise cartography of archeological sites on the seabed, caves or autonomous classification of objects by underwater robots (ROV or AUV).

The system is proposed to produce high resolution and precision models of a satellite in orbit with the help of computer vision and photogrammetry . From a set of images that are seeing the same scene with various angles, CX3d will compute a model that is made of the scene interest points 3D coordinates and the position of the image.

The system has been tested for the space sector in different set-ups at the COMEX facilities in Marseille, France: COMEX performed underwater trials with a mock-up satellite to verify if neutral-buoyancy simulations of such a system could be feasible (e.g. simulating manipulations of a target satellite by a service satellite underwater in simulated weightlessness).
Also tests in dry conditions were performed with the system to verify if it could be implemented on existing space simulators.

Figure 2: (left): A satellite mock-up at COMEX workshop. (Right): 3D model of the mockup satellite generated by CX3D. Figure 3: Red arrow points CX3D system ability to detect and measure the damage areas in the satellite (in this case small impact holes in millimeter size)

Comex.SA

36, bd de l’Océan – CS 80143
13275 Marseille – Cedex 9 –
FRANCE

+33 4 91 29 75 11

CX3D – On orbit 3D modeling of satellites

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COMEX ORUS3D photogrammetry to survey polymetallic nodules on the seabed

COMEX ORUS3D photogrammetry to survey polymetallic nodules on the seabed

COMEX ORUS3D photogrammetry to survey polymetallic nodules on the seabed

The Marseille-based company COMEX performed last week pool trials with their 3D photogrammetry system “ORUS3D” to survey and cartography polymetallic nodules in the deep sea. Such metallic concretions, mainly composed of manganese, copper, nickel and cobalt, could be harvested through subsea mining technologies as a response to metal shortages in Europe and other regions.

Novel technologies to survey the abundance of these resources are needed to quantify deposits and to chart maps of subsea habitats that need to be protected from mining activity.

COMEX ORUS3D photogrammetry system was used to create a 3D model of an area with polymetallic nodules. Such model can help in the future to predict the amount of metal that could be harvested by subsea mining systems in a specific area. Future enhancements of ORUS3D will include an automatic classification of items on the seabed that could be used to draw an inventory of resources available in a certain region, as well as zones to be avoided (e.g. due to habitats to be protected or other underwater artefacts).

ORUS3D is a contactless and non-intrusive vision system. Mounted onto any type of ROV it can operate down to 6000msw. The COMEX’ system is used for inspection and vision measurements in the offshore oil&gas sector and to reconstruct underwater sites (such as archeological artefacts).

COMEX has participated in the development of subsea mining solutions in the past, such as the “FONASURF” mineral extraction system. FONASURF was developed under the leadership of TECHNIP and was funded by the French Concours Mondial d’Innovation.

Comex.SA

36, bd de l’Océan – CS 80143
13275 Marseille – Cedex 9 –
FRANCE

+33 4 91 29 75 11

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ORUS 3D expands its range with the MOD300

ORUS 3D expands its range with the MOD300

ORUS 3D expands its range with the MOD300

COMEX strikes again with a miniature ORUS 3D. After the 1000, 3000 and 6000m models, here comes the MOD300 !


With the 3000m ORUS 3D subsea photogrammetry system operating around the world since 2017, COMEX managed to touch a large part of the subsea world. Involved in visual inspections, dimensional controls, metrologies and assets monitoring in the Oil & Gas industry, the 3000m ORUS 3D is also used in marine science to monitor its wildlife and flora, as well as in archaeology for reconstructing subsea wrecks. Operating the 3000m system naturally brought up constructive feedbacks from COMEX clients and partners, especially on the system size. Indeed, if mounting the 3000m system on a Work-Class ROV was always easy, its integration on a few Observation-Class ROV raised the need for a smaller version that could be deployed by lighter units (Seaeye Falcon, Super Achille 2000) or even by divers.

Following numerous and constructive discussions, at the beginning of 2019 the COMEX Innovation team took up to the challenge with a simple yet ambitious objective : design, develop and fabricate a smaller and lighter system delivering the same high quality and accuracy in 3D rendering that could be operated down to 300m by both divers and small Observation-Class ROVs. As if this was not enough, the team members wanted this 300m version of the ORUS 3D to be ready in just over six months for the OCEAN 2019 exhibition in Marseille, France.

 

We were keen to show that our team has all the knowledge, passion, creativity and reactivity to match our clients’ need in minimal time.

Jonathan MORVAN

Business Developer, COMEX.SA

 

After six intense and fruitful months it was ready. While the 3000m system spreads its hardware between an Embedded Processing Unit (EPU) casing and a 3-casing Acquisition Unit (ACU) all made of titanium, the ORUS 3D MOD300 gathers in a compact and lighter aluminium casing (only 25kg in air and neutral in water) all the technology that allows the same sharp and accurate reconstruction of underwater subjects.

 

Keeping a high level of performance in subsea 3D reconstruction was a key factor. While we used new processors to downsize the system, we managed to keep the original optical sensors and lenses so that the same level of accuracy can be reached when surveying any subject.

Julien SENTURIER

computer science PHD and vision specialist, COMEX.SA

 

Nearly a year after the idea was thrown on the table and six months from the first tests in Marseille during OCEAN 2019 onboard the COMEX MV JANUS2 through the Super Achille 2000 ROV, the ORUS 3D MOD300 has shown its exceptional versatility. When mounted on an Observation-Class ROV, inspection duration is greatly reduced by the ease of deployment, even with free-swimming spreads. And when the access is too harsh for a motorised unit, a diver can easily bring the MOD300 where no other subsea photogrammetry system went before.

Still looking too big? COMEX chose to make the third sensor removable for when size matters or a dual sensor system is simply enough. This configuration proved to be very diver friendly, especially in subsea cave surveys.

For those who wonder if such a small system can deliver good quality data, COMEX Innovation team included their improved live quality control tool. This inhouse-developed application checks all along the survey the images’ quality and all the factors that will ensure you get the properly scaled model of what you did or didn’t see due to the water turbidity. This smart feature delivers a live reconstruction of the survey as it goes so you can make sure nothing was missed and everything is recorded in the box.

With its long-range experience in subsea photogrammetry, COMEX remains a key stakeholder in subsea vision based measurement market by bringing game-changing tools to the field providing a global service 24/365, remote support and appropriate training to their clients worldwide.

 

Comex.SA

36, bd de l’Océan – CS 80143
13275 Marseille – Cedex 9 –
FRANCE

+33 4 91 29 75 00

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(* Maintenance in operational condition of the recompression chambers of the French Navy and Army).

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Parc National des Calanques : Monitoring of red coral populations

Parc National des Calanques : Monitoring of red coral populations

Parc National des Calanques : Monitoring of red coral populations

Monitoring of red coral (Corallium rubrum) populations in Parc National des Calanques (Marseille), five years after the initial inspection.
Observations beyond 50 m depth south of the island of Riou and in the Cassidaigne Canyon, from the ROV APACHE and the very high definition underwater photogrammetry system ORUS 3D

Within the scope of the monitoring of red coral (Corallium rubrum) populations in the Parc National des Calanques (off Marseille), the Marine and Innovation Departments of COMEX SA carried out underwater surveys beyond 50 meter depth, using an ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) equipped with video and still cameras together with a photogrammetric system, ORUS 3D, developed and operated by COMEX Innovation. Operations at sea were carried out on February 5 and 6, 2019 using JANUS II, COMEX catamaran DP support vessel.

The purpose of the mission was to come back five years after the initial inspection at locations where populations of red coral are growing, close to RIOU Island and in the CASSIDAIGNE submarine canyon featuring uneasy access to divers, in order to conduct quantitative and qualitative evaluations using an ROV. Operation of ORUS 3D results in millimetric accuracy measurements of coral colonies. Such datas are nearly impossible to collect using ordinary stills camera or /and laser pointers. This innovative technology provides scientists with new biometric data of deep red coral populations.

Rov Apache et sytème ORUS 3D de la Comex

ORUS 3D photogrammetry system mounted on the Comex ROV Apache

ORUS 3D is an optical system that may be interfaced with all types of submarine vehicles. Based on the photogrammetry technology, the system features three very high trifocal resolution sensors synchronized with and operated from a surface control unit located onboard the support vessel. Led lighting flashes provide an optimal lighting of the scenery. A contact free and non-intrusive measurement tool, the system provides a 3D high resolution modeling of substructures and seascapes, reaching submillimetric details and millimetric accuracy.

ORUS 3D very high definition photogrammetry system

3D modeling of acquisitions

3D model of a rock at 70 m depth, sheltering red coral

Selected inspection areas feature the south, south-east side of RIOU Island and the north-east and north-west heads of the CASSIDAIGNE Canyon. The southern part off RIOU Island had been surveyed back in 2013 as initial inspection site. These sites feature rock blocks positioned between 50 msw and 70 msw. CASSIDAIGNE north western head is a renown site, already surveyed by COMEX during scientific campaigns : HERMES (2009) for the german MARUM laboratory ; MEDSEACAN (2009) and “Grottes et Canyons 3D”- Underwater 3D Caves and Canyons – (2014)for the French Agence des Aires Marines Protégées (AAMP) – now Agence Française pour la Biodiversité. The inspected sites range from 200 msw down to 250 msw. Ultimately, the CASSIDAIGNE north-eastern zone was a brand new site, never explored yet. It turned out to be very rich in red coral colonies.

Using COMEX sophisticated logistics in terms of positionning, sites that had been previously inspected were easily relocated. Moreover, with the help of bathymetric datas and the use of the Apache ROV Sonar, a new red coral spot has been discovered at 240 msw in the CASSIDAIGNE north-eastern zone. Last but not least, 3D modeling datas are now being processed. They will soon prove to be a superb tool that will optimize our knowledge of the deep red coral populations.

 

ORUS 3D Presentation

 

Comex.SA

36, bd de l’Océan – CS 80143
13275 Marseille – Cedex 9 –
FRANCE

+33 4 91 29 75 11

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