Subsea cable tracking by an unmanned surface vehicle
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© 2015 Society for Underwater Technology. All Rights reserved. Subsea cable localisation is a demanding task that requires a lot of time, effort and expense. In the present paper the authors propose a methodology that is automated and inexpensive, based on magnetic detection from a small unmanned surface vehicle (USV) and the use of a batch particle filter (BPF) algorithm. A dynamic path planning algorithm for the USV is also developed so that adequate samples of the magnetic field readings can be gathered for processing by the BPF. All of these elements work together online as the cable is tracked, which was demonstrated in a simulated mission.
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