Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV)


Clean water supply is important in ensuring good health of people. Most of the water comes from water storage tanks. Sediment that built up over time in water storage tanks leads to dirty water supply to consumers. Therefore, water storage tanks are required to be cleaned once in every 3 years by water utility operators.

In this project, an alternative cleaning method, using a Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV) is proposed. By using ROV, water supply disruption can be prevented and cleaning process will be more efficient and cost effective.

An ROV is designed and built to operate underwater and vacuum out sediments from the water tank, provide live-streaming video and data feedbacks to the user. Raspberry Pi is used as the main communication board to interface with Simulink/Matlab software. The user will remotely operate the ROV with the improved navigation, tracking system via IMU sensor that allows users to track the cleaning path done for the efficient cleaning process.