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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Amy L. Kukulya

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Projects
» Shark tracking with AUVs

» Arctic AUV operations

» Seafloor Docking

» Hull & Harbor REMUS AUV

» Outreach and Education


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REMUS-100 HH
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Extra long REMUS-100 Hull & Harbor Vehicle outfitted with an Imagenex Scanning Head Altimeter, Imagenex Delta T Sonar Head and forward and aft tunnel thrusters for station keeping stability. (Amy Kukulya)


Using a REMUS AUV for Harbor Security, Hull inspections and Underwater Archaeology.

Collaborators:
Mike Purcell, Roger Stokey

A third project I am team leader for is our Hull and Harbor Inspection vehicle.   Integrating new model sensors like scanning altimeters, cameras, tunnel thrusters, etc.  require drawing modifications that I occasionally make in high pressured situations and, therefore, also require me to make creative hardware changes.  I most recently had to rebuild this entire vehicle over a one week operation at AUVFEST.  I had to troubleshoot multiple leaks, multiple dead sensors (ADCP, Inertial Navigation System), failed thrusters, shorted circuit boards, communication issues, just to name a few.  As you can imagine, it takes expert knowledge and strong determination to successfully accomplish these types of detail-oriented vehicle repairs.   The HH vehicle is planned for future operations and I am working towards making several vehicle enhancements including the addition of a dual frequency sidescan sonar, upgrading endcap wiring, analyzing sensor performance and overseeing the fine-tuning of this vehicle. I expect the Hull and Harbor vehicle to continue its development as a hull inspection and underwater archaeology tool through the summer and beyond.

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