Sensing the Position of a Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle

  • E. Kreuzer
  • F. C. Pinto
Conference paper
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 361)


The importance of remotely operated underwater vehicles for construction, inspection, and maintenance of off-shore structures has been continuously increasing in the recent years. Especially oil prospecting in water depths inaccessible for human divers (>300m) needs unmanned vehicles. For a great variety of tasks a robust positioning control of the vehicle is required. This control is complicated not only due to nonlinearities involved in the system including the umbilical and parameter uncertainties [1,7] but also because of the lack of precise position information. The positioning problem can be split into two domains:
  • the region far from the structure, where the navigation from the basis ship to the structure takes place and

  • the region close to the structure, where the position of the vehicle relative to the structure must be kept for a task to be performed.


Underwater Vehicle Inertial Navigation System Inertial Reference Frame Small Step Size Unmanned Vehicle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Kreuzer
    • 1
  • F. C. Pinto
    • 1
  1. 1.Technical University of Hamburg-HarburgHamburgGermany

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