In the follow, the activities performed in the first 18 months of the project are listed. The work is substantially in time with the timetable foreseen in the DoW.
Based on LR and RINA Rules for Ship Design and Construction and consortium's know-how, procedures and requirements for the hull inspection and survey as well as best practices and technical operative experience have been defined
Based on preliminary project results and the IACS Guidelines for the use of remote survey techniques, a tentatively draft procedures for the use of robots during surveys and inspections has been issued. It is going to be finalized at the end of the project
The general framework for the System Architecture of the MINOAS project has been specified
The task allocation and path-planning algorithms to be used by the robotic platforms as well as the algorithms and infrastructures used for robot localization has been developed
A detailed description of the products and services provided in order to enable the public and private actors and policy makers to increase their knowledge on the issues investigated in MINOAS has been indicated in the project Use Plan. Based on the individual exploitation plans of the project partners, the project overall exploitable results have been detailed
A preliminary "Plan for Use and Exploitation of Knowledge" in order to outline the exploitable Project foreground, covering the technical aspects concerned, their potential for exploitation and the current exploitation perspective for the different project participants has been prepared. Potential risks up to the current status of the project development have been identified
Preliminary cost benefit and market analysis from the point of view of ship operators have been performed, aiming at identifying cost elements that could be reduced or eliminated by the use of technologies for surveying and at estimating conservative cost-frame for the robotics to be designed and operated within
The planned activities for the dissemination of the MINOAS results to further the exploitation within the scientific community, the EU and the market sector have been detailed into the Dissemination Plan of MINOAS
The dissemination process, with scheduled publication and presentations to international conferences has already actively started
The establishment of project web site and the publication of project deliverables, including the MINOAS project leaflet, have been done
Some prototypes of devices and platforms (such as the land scout / light climber platform, the arm for providing thickness measurements, the localization device) have been designed and built, in advance with the project timetable
Some preliminary tests have been performed onboard, in advance with the project timetable
Several image processing algorithms for defects detection have been developed and tested using an image database provided by Lloyd's Register and RINA.