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Webinar: Autonomous Vehicles, Multiple Missions and Multiple Sensors Through Modularity

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Thursday, 13 September 2018, 12:00


Thursday, September 13, 2018. 12:00 PM. Webinar: Autonomous Vehicles, Multiple Missions and Multiple Sensors Through Modularity. David Jochum, and William Lathan, Tridentis Advance Marine Vehicles. Sponsored by NOAA. More information here.


Abstract: Limited funding cuts the amount of sea time available to researchers and scientists. Ships are expensive to build, operate, and maintain. Where assets are in short supply, how is research to be accomplished? The answer may lie in the use of smaller unmanned platforms that are capable of multiple mission types or easily re-configured to support different sensors. Essentially, give me a pickup truck and I will figure out what to put in the bed. Tridentis Advanced Marine Vehicles (AMV) was the recipient of a NOAA 2017 SBIR Phase I award to develop an autonomous surface vessel that had a modular sensor bay, and that was powered by "green power" to support the coastal monitoring mission set. We successfully completed our design of the Advanced Coastal Monitor (ACM) and proved the potential of the vehicle. We were awarded a NOAA 2018 SBIR Phase II to build a prototype of the ACM which is beginning construction. Tridentis AMV was also awarded a NOAA 2018 SBIR Phase I award to design an autonomous underwater vehicle (Bottom Feeder) that also had a modular sensor bay and optimized for coral health monitoring and satellite sensor calibration and ground truthing. The common thread is that with limited funding available, platforms need to support more mission sets and deploy a wider range of sensors to keep the required at-sea operational tempo. The ACM was a clean sheet design developed around this ideal. A stable platform that could employ atmospheric, surface, and subsurface sensors that was easy to modify or retrofit for each use. The Bottom Feeder follows in this vein in that it is also a clean sheet design that is centered around the employment of both general and specialized sensors. The platform will be designed with multiple operational profiles in mind, high efficiency and high maneuverability, to best deploy the on-board sensors. It will be optionally tethered for higher data bandwidth and real time control. Tridentis AMV is developing the platforms to support ocean sensing and survey missions, how do you want to employ them?

About the Speakers: 
Mr. David Jochum, is the CEO and Founder of Tridentis AMV, a company formed to pursue the commercialization of multiple SBIR awards. He is also the president of Tridentis LLC., and for the past 11 years, has provided Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering oversight for the successful execution of multiple USCG, US Navy and MSC contracts. He is currently the Assistant Program Manager on the USCG ISVS Support Contract, USCG CG-45 Systems Engineering Contract, USS Mount Whitney Extended Service Life Program and the MSC N7 Engineering Design Services Contract. He has also been the Program Manager for other MSC contracts including Naval Architecture (N721) Engineering Support Services, MSC Lessons Learned Program Office, and T-AOE Damaged Stability Analysis. His Engineering Manager experience dealing with major shipbuilding acquisitions has sharpened his knowledge of USCG, ABS, SOLAS, USPHS, ASTM, SNAME, IMO, and U.S. Navy requirements. As the Program Manager on a wide range of contracts, he has a detailed understanding of the ship acquisitions process. He has an MBA, and he is a graduate of the University of New Orleans with a degree in Naval Architecture.

Mr. William Latham is the Senior Naval Architect/Marine Engineer at Tridentis AMV. He has 29 years of technical and engineering program management experience across the full spectrum of ships, craft, and platforms. He recently completed a SBIR Phase I project for NOAA designing an autonomous mobile coastal monitor that is powered by green power supplies and is equipped with a modular sensor bay. Prior to that he designed a surface effect ship ship-to-shore connector under an ONR SBIR. He oversaw and performed feasibility studies to expand the T-AKE mission set to include ship-to-shore connectors and USMC vehicles. He invented and successfully prototyped the stabilizing element and conformal interface surface for the Transfer at Sea (TAS) system, a stabilized ramp system to transfer military vehicles from ship to ship at sea in adverse weather conditions. He then successfully redesigned the TAS system to be used for personnel transfer between ships at sea, and between large ships and small craft in harbor where an advanced concept technology demonstrator was constructed at full scale and successfully shop tested at full load, full speed, and full motion, proving out the complete system design, including launch and recovery. Further he has successfully led or been an instrumental on multiple ship development programs including a hybrid surface effect ship/hovercraft, Canadian 65m fisheries research vessel, 159 passenger ferry for Hampton Roads Transit, 46 foot US Navy workboat, and other military and civilian vessels. He has been responsible for the design and development of subsea systems and operations, ranging from submarine rescue to archaeological recoveries, has operational experience on US Navy fast attack submarines, and was a graduate of Webb Institute of Naval Architecture.



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