4 Top Autonomous Survey Solutions In The Shipbuilding Industry

4 Top Autonomous Survey Solutions Impacting The Shipbuilding Industry

We analyzed 119 autonomous survey companies impacting the shipbuilding sector. Planck Aerosystems, Ocean Scan-MST, Geoje Shipyards, and OceanAlpha Group develop 4 top solutions to watch out for. Learn more in our Global Heat Map!

Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and companies working on solutions for shipbuilding. As there is a large number of companies working on a wide variety of solutions, we want to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 4 promising Autonomous Survey solutions.

Heat Map: 4 Top Autonomous Survey Solutions

For our 4 top picks, we used a data-driven scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Heat Map below highlights 4 interesting examples out of 119 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.


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Planck Aerosystems – Drones

The shipbuilding industry is steadily adopting drones to conduct continuous quality inspections, test a ship’s emissions, and make deliveries to vessels cruising near the shorelines.

The USA-based company Planck Aerosystems develops autonomous drones for shipbuilding and shipping vessels. Their drones use Artificial Intelligence (AI) and complex computer vision to service ships with minimal external interaction. By facilitating drone landing and take-off in unstable conditions, Planck has solved a vital industry problem as standard drones cannot operate under extreme conditions. The drones are used for aerial surveillance and for identifying and monitoring risks. In addition, they can activate decontamination operations during oil spills and other emergencies.

Ocean Scan-MST – Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs)

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles have a massive potential in, among other things, exploring the oceans, accompanying ships, providing underwater surveillance, and assessing environmental conditions.

Portuguese company Ocean Scan-MST produces LAUV – Light Autonomous Underwater Vehicles for maritime surveillance and research missions. Designed to be simple to deploy, operate, and recover by a single person, their open architecture allows users to easily integrate new instruments, actuators, algorithms, and behaviors. The LAUV’s operation is supported by Neptus, the command, and control software tailored for the operation of one or more vehicles, covering all the stages of a mission life cycle: configuration, planning, simulation, execution, and post-mission data analysis.

Geoje Shipyards – Spider Robots

Automation in shipbuilding is an essential component of efficient manufacturing, especially for processes that are repetitive but require a lot of effort and attention to detail. And there is little room for human error. Welding and painting operations are made easier and become more efficient. Automated spider-like robots that crawl across the entire surface of a vessel are already achieving higher efficiencies in shipbuilding automation with more accurate results.

South Korean company Geoje Shipyards, owned by Samsung Heavy Industries, creates spider robots, which are programmed to inspect the exterior of a vessel and remove any rust or other contaminants prior to starting the painting process. Automated spider robots use System-on-Chip (SoC) technology with a 3D camera sensor. It can independently prioritize the welding processes.

OceanAlpha Group – Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV)

Unmanned Surface Vessels are a cluster of automated vessels that are operated remotely by a computer to facilitate various sea and ocean research missions, patrol dangerous areas, and conduct complex water sampling.

HongKong-based OceanAlpha Group design and produce a wide variety of USVs for various purposes, including hydrographic surveys and hydrology research, scientific explorations, search and rescue missions, and fire control. It integrates a single beam or multi-beam echo sounder, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) or Real-TimeKinematic (RTK), a camera, and an obstacle avoidance system to efficiently conduct its tasks. Their wide bandwidth radio station allows the operator to see the results of bathymetric, underwater depth, data in real-time with greater precision.

What About The Other 115 Solutions?

While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 4 solutions showcased above are promising examples out of 119 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.

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