Safe and rapid underwater intervention device

Projet en cours

Porteur du projet ACSA
Partenaires industriels Lhertier
Partenaires recherche CNRS/INSU, Ifremer
Budget 2 688 K€
Cofinanceur publics FUI (French Interministerial Single Fund) and PACA Regional Authorities
Année de labellisation 2009
Année de cofinancement 2010

Intervention in accidents, shipwrecks, loss of valuable material at sea, is dangerous ... and is currently carried out through different on-going deployments: Sonar, ROV and / or manned vehicles. They are launched from specialized vessels. They require a very large, sometimes very heavy amount of machinery. The problem is the same when it comes to scientific missions with joint deployment of AUVs and ROVs.

In the field of environmental monitoring, site mapping and supervision of underwater monitoring stations also require the on-going use of ROVs and AUVs.

The SQUID project objective is to develop pooled technologies that allow the use of a reconfigurable device for different types of operations in deep sea. These developments will uniquely equip partners to allow them to maintain their major market advantage.

The technology developed will be integrated into two "Payload" sections which will be tested on an existing Ifremer AUV in two phases, simply by changing section:

  • Independent pre- positioning and mapping of the working area: this phase includes locating of an acoustic marker and high-resolution optical mapping of the area
  • Remote operated intervention in the area: This phase will allow a surface based operator to direct the machine "transformed into an ROV" by the addition of a very small fibre optic umbilical cord and side-thrusters, for interventions such as sampling or recovery of materials