Project: Control of an Operational Mining Path Through an Auto-Adaptive Steering System

Acronym COMPASS (Reference Number: MarTERA-2017_03)
Duration 01/01/2018 - 31/12/2020
Project Topic The aim is to develop an autonomous and adaptive steering system for seabed nodule mining. The system shall determine the most operationally and environmentally efficient mining path seabed mining vehicle (MV), while guaranteeing safe execution, integrating forecasted hydrodynamic and sediment transport data, optimal maneuverability and production efficiency. Dynamic responses of the surface operation vessel (SOV) and the riser that connect the MV to the SOV will be included. To provide the system with the necessary data, a conceptual environmental monitoring strategy (CEMS), based on AUV surveys of targeted mining areas shall be developed. Beside bathymetrical data and indications on the quantity of the resource, the CEMS can predict the environmental impact of the planned operations.
Network MarTERA
Call MarTERA ERA-NET Cofund

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Global Sea Mineral Resources NV Coordinator Belgium
2 GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre For Ocean Research Kiel Partner Germany
3 saltation GmbH & Co. KG Partner Germany