UWROV: Exploring the Arctic
UnderWater Remotely Operated Vehicles
UWROV is a multidisciplinary team of undergraduate students at the University of Washington who specialize in the design, construction, and operation of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). The team brings scientists and engineers together to work side-by-side, furthering oceanographic research.
Every year, we fully design and build an ROV to participate in the International Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Competition. The team also uses retired vehicles for research.
This year, we are raising money so that we can participate in the MATE competition, held in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.
What We Do
What do members gain?
Students who join UWROV receive a unique and exclusive experience:
What is Ocean Technology?
Ocean technology is any kind of technology used for ocean endeavors. The ocean is a very harsh environment for instruments: it corrodes metals, crushes anything at depth, has a high range of temperatures from freezing to boiling, and always works to invade electronics.
As this is a constant struggle for oceanographers, it makes data collection challenging. This is where ocean technology comes in: engineers with specialized skills work to offset the harsh environments of the ocean so that scientists may collect data to learn more about the majority of our planet.
An example of ocean technology is oceanographic sensors that measure anything from light and sound to salinity and fluorescence. The most versatile and adaptive instrument in the category of ocean technology is the ROV (remotely operated vehicle).
What is an ROV?
Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) are tethered vehicles that are operated remotely. Underwater ROVs are built as a tethered submarine, driven by a team on-ship or on-shore to be used for research or industry in the harsh environment of the ocean.
ROVs have become increasingly popular as they are able to travel to locations that no human can easily venture to. In oceanography, ROVs are used on missions to take measurements and deploy scientific packages. In the oil and gas industry, ROVs are used extensively to install and maintain underwater equipment.
Our ROV: Admare
This year's upgrades:
- Onboard cameras give pilots high definition video of the underwater landscape.
- An Xbox controller makes driving easy and intuitive.
- A pneumatic robotic arm takes samples and places instruments.
- The ROV is connected to the surface by an umbilical cord that provides power and an Ethernet connection to the vehicle.
- Efficient thrusters are oriented to allow the vehicle to move in any direction while staying stable and level.
International MATE Competition
The International Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) ROV Competition challenges students to design an ROV to fulfill missions. The teams present themselves as companies wishing to gain contracts with MATE. The competition gives students the opportunity to develop business, engineering, and scientific skills while exposing them to the field of ocean technology.
Each year the missions change. This year the theme is science and industry in the Arctic. The competition is a unique opportunity for students to meet other students and professionals who share a passion for the ocean and its mystery.
The MATE ROV Competition increases student opportunities:
What We Need
Success at Engineering Discovery Days!
Published on Sunday, Apr. 26, 2015 at 07:19 AM (PDT)
UWROV participated in Engineering Discovery Days to share with the community the importance of ocean technology and how easy it is for every person to get involved and build their own ROVs. UWROV set up a small pool in which two small PVC pipe ROVs were placed. The controllers were then handed to community members to drive and pick up PVC end-caps off the bottom of the pool. This exhibition represents picking up scientific samples off of the bottom of the ocean and bringing them to the surface for scientists to analyze. The demonstration was a great success! Students especially loved to compete with one another to try to pick up samples faster and so the pool was surrounded all day by shouts of encouragement and groans of frustration when the sample slipped off the arm. UWROV members spent the day discussing with the community about the importance of ocean technology and teaching them how to drive the small vehicles. The team even had some students ask how to build their own small PVC pipe ROV! If you would like to know how to build your own vehicle, visit the MATE website's curriculum page and learn how to build different complexities of ROVs!
April 24th. Students surround the pool as two of them drive their respective ROVs, competing to pick up the 'samples' off of the bottom of the pool, as members of UWROV talk about the importance of ocean technology.
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Leslie and Greg Rice
Russ and Katherine Schlick Noe
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Dale and Judy Cockrell
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Make an Impact
Help us build connections and gain experience at the MATE competition. Every bit helps, and we have a place reserved for your name in the Euphotic Zone. Thank you for your contribution!
Help us research the science and technology associated with ROVs. Every bit helps, and with this donation, we have a place reserved for your name in the Euphotic Zone. Thank you for your contribution!
Help us design a functioning ROV that meets the requirements of the MATE Competition and research expeditions. With this donation, we have a place reserved for your name in the Euphotic Zone. Thank you for your contribution!
Help us build and accessorize our ROV. With this donation, we have a place reserved for your name in the Midnight Zone. Thank you for your contribution!
Help us test the ROV components to make sure all systems are a go! With this donation, we have a place reserved for your name in the Midnight Zone. Thank you for your contribution!
Help us troubleshoot all the problems that will arise (as no project is perfect on the first try). With this donation, we have a place reserved for you in the Abyssal Zone, including a spot for your name or logo on the front page of our website. Thank you for your contribution!
Help us with ROV practice runs, or pay for a student's plane ticket to the International MATE Competition. With this donation, we have a place reserved for your name in the Abyssal Zone, including a spot for your name or logo on the front page of our website. Thank you for your contribution!
Help us succeed in flying our ROV through the International MATE Competition missions. With this donation, we have a place reserved for your name in the Trenches, including a spot for your name or logo on the ROV itself. Thank you for your contribution!