The University of Delaware's Project ABLE is making significant strides in advancing the state's blue tech economy, supported by a two-year, $1.3 million initiative funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Mission & Objectives:
- Aimed at fostering job creation and workforce training in ocean-related technology.
- Promotes awareness of Delaware's emerging blue tech sector.
Partnership with GRi Simulations:
- Collaboration with Canadian firm GRi Simulations to develop digital simulations of remote underwater vessels, known as digital twins.
- These simulations enable realistic testing of watercraft and procedures before actual deployment.
- Demonstrated capabilities include maintenance simulations for Redbird Reef, an artificial reef off the Delaware coast.
Benefits of Digital Twin Technology:
- Operators can experience real-time conditions remotely, enhancing operational efficiency and safety.
- Integration of live environmental data ensures dynamic simulation updates.
Workforce Development Initiatives:
- Future plans include a simulation room for formalized workforce training and credentialing programs.
- Potential certifications in maritime technology and autonomous systems operation.
- Hosting an autonomous systems bootcamp focused on offshore wind in August.
Watch the full demonstration of the Redbird Reef simulation here (start at 22:40).
Project ABLE's efforts signify a concerted push towards innovation and skill development in Delaware's burgeoning blue tech industry, positioning the state as a leading hub for ocean-related technology.