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


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

Funding Amount:


Duration of Project:

3 Months

Project Outcome:

This feasibility project demonstrated virtual reality technology, private 5G networks and underwater photogrammetry to meet training needs within salmon farming.

Diving is considered one of the most complex and dangerous roles in aquaculture still undertaken manually, but through use of photogrammetry and VR technologies the sector could boost health and safety in a range of ways.

With better access to information ahead of a dive, it could reduce the time needed in the water, support a better understanding of new or unfamiliar sites, and identify additional training or support needs.

Connectivity is another issue at certain remote locations for farming. The team at University of Strathclyde highlighted private 5G could help meet the needs of farmers and vessels while working away from shore through 5G antennas linked to existing fibre networks. With private 5G networks, the farmer will have full control of their capacity and can move data capacity between uplink and downlink through software.

STATUS: Completed

Project Lead

University of Strathclyde – National manufacturing Institute Scotland