The objective of the Inspectrone project, which the Innovation Fund Denmark has just invested in, is to develop an autonomous system that will use many different sensors (both visual and touch-based, e.g. ultrasound), which will provide consistent and regular inspection data. It is expected that the technology will ultimately be used in several different areas where inspection of closed, dangerous and other hard-to-access areas are required.
One of the project parties, FORCE Technology, has performed drone-based inspections for a number of years. The company’s ultrasonic systems are among the world leaders for inspection use. With the help of Artificial Intelligence, the Technical University of Denmark will find defects in images, and via touch, technology can let drones test their surroundings. Another of the parties to the project, Lloyd's Register, has the best know-how with regard to the structural integrity of ships and will therefore be able to ensure that the drone-based inspection delivers satisfactory results. Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S is one of the most innovative shipping companies and will deliver the ships that the drones of the project will be trained and tested on.
The aim of the project is, thus, to create a user-friendly system that does not require expert users, and which can provide objective and accurate inspections on its own.
- Our system contains human knowledge, but is, at the same time, more precise and objective. It will revolutionise ship inspections. The system is not costly and does not require an expert’s input, as simply pressing a button on a screen is required. The system can carry out regular inspections and provide vital information on the health status of ships. I am convinced that this technology will be able to give the Danish inspection and Danish shipping industry a leading position on the market, says Evangelos Boukas, Assistant Professor at the Technical University of Denmark.
• Innovations Fund investment: DKK 11.8 million
• Total budget: DKK 19.4 million
• Duration of the project: 3 years
• Official title of the project: Inspectrone - Autonomous and high-level commanded system for remote inspection of marine vessels to support classification and commercial operations.
• Evangelos Boukas, Assistant Professor, Technical University of Denmark
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• Michael Rosenberg, Vice President, Development, FORCE Technology
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• Nicolai Bro Jöhncke, Head of Corporate Communications & CSR, Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S
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• Alf Pearson, Principal Surveyor, North Europe Technical Performance Manager, Lloyd’s Register
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• Jens Bomholt, Head of press and media, Innovation Fund Denmark
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