3D adaptive coverage planning for confined space inspection robots

Rowan Pivetta, Andrew Lammas, Karl Sammut

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Abstract

The manual inspection of confined spaces, such as ballast tanks, for corrosion is a hazardous, time consuming, expensive, and subjective process. Robotic inspection techniques are being considered as they promise greater objectivity and comprehensive coverage as well as repeatability, reduced risk, and shorter maintenance downtime. To enable a robot to comprehensively inspect all surfaces within the tank, it needs an inspection plan. Although coverage planning algorithms can be used to automatically generate optimal plans, complex environments and robot kinematics can make the problem challenging. Most existing coverage algorithms can only produce offline plans, however these cannot cope with unforeseen obstacles and would consequently fail when placed in modified environments. Such problems present the need for adaptive coverage-planning algorithms that can replan routes autonomously. To date, the focus of our research has been to evolve an offline redundant roadmap based algorithm into an enhanced algorithm capable of adapting its plan online. The online solution utilises LIDAR scan updates to rectify compromised paths through region-based replanning, allowing localised replanning around identified areas of change without recalculating the whole tour from scratch. Preliminary results reveal that the online planner is capable of replanning multiple regions concurrently, faster, and with minimal path degradation compared to its offline counterpart.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnology and Science for the Ships of the Future - Proceedings of NAV 2018
Subtitle of host publication19th International Conference on Ship and Maritime Research
EditorsAlberto Marino, Vittorio Bucci
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS PRESS
Pages496-503
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781614998709
ISBN (Print)9781614998693
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event19th International Conference on Ship and Maritime Research, NAV 2018 - Trieste, Italy
Duration: 20 Jun 201822 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameTechnology and Science for the Ships of the Future - Proceedings of NAV 2018: 19th International Conference on Ship and Maritime Research

Conference

Conference19th International Conference on Ship and Maritime Research, NAV 2018
CountryItaly
CityTrieste
Period20/06/1822/06/18

Keywords

  • Adaptive planning
  • Confined space inspection
  • Coverage planning
  • Robotics

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