R&D / MDWIND Seabed TESTING UNIT
Publications: Arriaga, AG, Devincenzi M., Pérez N, Deu, A., Arroyo, M. (2017) Automation and control in a submarine drill rig. SUT OSIG 8th international Conference “Smarter Solutions for Future Offshore Developments”, England
Arriaga, A.G., Arroyo, M., & Pérez, N.(2016). The Virtual Drilling Crew. 1st International Workshop on Metrology for Geotechnics. Benevento, Italy
Arriaga, A.G., Arroyo, M., Pérez, N. & Devincenzi M. (2016). Control Strategies for an Underwater Geotechnical Drilling System. 6th European Conference on Structural Control. Sheffield, England
Site investigation for OW today implies taking soil and rock samples from scarce and expensive jack-up platforms and/or drilling vessels in a process that is slow and very sensitive to weather conditions. Geotechnical site investigation is thus a bottleneck for large-scale OW deployment.
This project aims to launch a new remotely operated seafloor-based site investigation system into the OW market. A recently developed robotic general-purpose submarine drilling machine will be tooled for the specific site investigation requirements of OW. The system is tested at sea, to provide a demonstration of capabilities in a realistic commercial-like scenario.