24 Jun Challenging the Deep Sea – Underwater Robots – 7th July
On the 7th of July, the basics of ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) design suitable for home construction will be introduced and there will be an opportunity for hands-on experience with ROVs ranging from simple “bath tub” ROVs for a young family project to a miniature commercial research ROV.
Aberdeen is a world-renowned centre for the use and development of ROV underwater robots. ROVs can operate at depths and in conditions that are too dangerous for divers to work in and carry out task ranging from exploration to heavy constructional work. They are an essential part of offshore industry but are also used for research in biology, ecology, geology, archaeology and many other areas.
Educational programmes such as the MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) international student ROV competition have introduced many school children, college and university students to ROVs but there are also hobbyists who construct their own ROVs for fun and personal research. Aerial drones and photography are currently very popular; building and flying your own ROV is no more challenging and opens up possibilities for exploring environments that are largely hidden.
Graeme Dunbar is a senior lecturer and course leader for the Electronic and Electrical Engineering programme at Robert Gordon University. He is also coordinator of the MATE Scotland ROV Challenge and a judge at the MATE International Student ROV Competition.