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ROV Team Qualifies for International Competition

 
CCC students Nicole Brunes, John Edwards and Erick Schneider, along with the custom-built ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle)
Seamonster
CCC students Nicole Brunes, John Edwards and Erick Schneider, along with the custom-built ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) Seamonster 
CCC students Nicole Brunes, John Edwards and Erick Schneider, along with the custom-built ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) Seamonster,CCC students Nicole Brunes, John Edwards and Erick Schneider, along with the custom-built ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) Seamonster,CCCCCCadskgCCC students Nicole Brunes, John Edwards and Erick Schneider, along with their custom-built ROV Seamonster, have qualified for an international competition.

They hope to travel with the ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) to the NASA Johnson Space Center Neutral Buoyancy Lab in Houston to participate in the 2011 MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) Center’s international ROV competition, June 16-18.

The annual MATE underwater robotics competition offers students the opportunity to test their technical skills as well as develop problem-solving abilities, critical thinking and teamwork. Participants connect with prospective employers and other professionals and are exposed to a variety of ocean-related career opportunities.

This year’s competition is focused on the offshore oil and gas industry. Entrants will be scored on the completion of four missions: removing a damaged riser pipe, capping an oil well, collecting water samples and measuring depth, and collecting biological samples. In addition, teams are judged according to their ability to communicate their engineering design process to the panel of judges verbally, through a poster and through a technical report. CCC will challenge twenty-five other teams from the U.S., China, Canada, India, Russia, United Kingdom, and Egypt in the advanced Explorer class.

The Seamonster was planned, designed and custom-built by Edwards, Schneider and Brunes. Seamonster moves vertically and laterally on a power-carrying tether to complete the required tasks. It is controlled by a joystick, uses bilge pump motors for propulsion and underwater cameras for visibility. The project technical report was a collaborative effort between team members and a group of CCC’s technical writing class that included: Chris Gustafson, Mark McGinnis, Kim Murry and Tambi Pernula.

Since qualifying for the international competition final, ROV team members are concentrating on fine-tuning the design and efficiency of the Seamonster, and raising approximately $1,200 for materials and travel to Houston. To help the team put the finishing touches on Seamonster and travel to the competition, direct contributions to: ROV Team 2011, Clatsop Community College, 1653 Jerome Avenue, Astoria OR 97103.

Please direct inquiries to Pat Keefe, Physics Instructor, at 503-338-2434. The CCC ROV program is also supported by CCC instructor Dr. Julie Brown, Jim Carlson from the University of Washington Ocean Physics Department, Michael Wilkin from the OHSU Department of Science & Engineering and Jeff Hummel of Navigation Systems.

Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

Men pictured with robot.

Pictured behind the ROV Seamonster are students Erick Schneider (L), John Edwards (C), and CCC Physics Instructor Pat Keefe (R). Not pictured: Nicole Brunes. Submitted photo.

 

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