Virtual maintenance and training of fish farms through photogrammetry & VR (FS157)

Aim:

This project will deliver a feasibility study of innovative aquaculture maintenance and training, using virtual reality (VR) and underwater 3D scanning technology.

Funding Amount:

£49,966

Duration of Project:

3 Months

Project Summary:

The project Virtual Maintenance and Training of Fish Farms through photogrammetry & VR will deliver a feasibility study of innovative aquaculture maintenance and training, using virtual reality (VR) and underwater 3D scanning technology. Generating costs savings and mitigating health and safety risks of current processes for those working in the sector.

Using underwater 3D scanning of fish farm facilities, workers can be trained on how to manage and maintain the equipment in a simulated, virtual reality environment. The benefits mitigate risks in open sea training by differentiating the repair task, from the in-service sea environment during the training phase. Aquaculture operators can also re-skill and up-skill workers at a faster rate and enable access to real-time remote training.

The project will enable industry to create a ‘digital twin’ of fish farms by combining underwater 3D scanning with design and production datasets. The implementation of new technologies in facilities, plan dive activities for contractors and foresee issues that could impact productivity, enable forward planning of preventative measures before they occur, in a safe, controlled environment.

STATUS: Ongoing

Project Lead

University of Strathclyde – National manufacturing Institute Scotland