Use of drones in the maritime industry
Bachelor or master project to evaluate opportunity of drone technology for use by A.P. Moller-Maersk Group
APMM is interested to get better acquainted with the opportunities for using of drones, within the Group. It has been recognized that drone technology is becoming more available, reliable and more flexible to meet customized needs. Several potential areas where drone technology could possibly give important contribution to the operations of APMM (examples only):
Security supervision of ports and terminals
Safety surveillance of platforms and rigs
Inspection of tanks
Smoke, heat, leakage detection
APMM expects that a bachelor or master project should sufficiently evaluate the technical, operational and commercial feasibility of using drones, for an identified application.
Their expectation is that the bachelor project successfully:
Evaluates a list of potential opportunities and selects the most promising application for focus of further work
Establishes necessary background knowledge to properly assess relevance and feasibility of application detailing:
Technical feasibility requirements
Operational feasibility requirements
Commercial feasibility requirements
The student project is expected to proposes a desk-top design detailing e.g.:
Use of drone
Handling and manoeuvring of drone
Operational life-time and maintenance needs
Reliability and resilience
Establishing a business case detailing e.g.:
unit cost if commercialized (estimate)
number of drones needed for each location of application
It is further expected that the project will be presented as a 45 minute presentation to selected group of
APMM, at the end of the project.
Prior to approving the project, APMM require receiving a brief scope description from student, which further details the preliminary application selected, the approach of research and a draft project plan indicating deliverables and necessary interaction. They will then evaluate received applications and give further notice of decided way forward.
This scope description is then to be considered as the project agreement that will be submitted to the ITU study board.