Coda Octopus today announced that it is launching its Survey Engine®Automatic Object Detection Package (“SEADP”) a new product for the subsea geophysical market (in the first instance). SEADP is based on algorithms designed and developed around artificial intelligence (AI) techniques. SEADP is the first of a series of artificial intelligence-based technology products that it intends to launch in fiscal year 2019.
The initial SEADP automatically detects boulders on the sea bed, even in high clutter environments and complex geometries and generates a comprehensive report on each detected boulder. In addition to the detection of each boulder using AI, the SEADP automatically computes the boulder position, length and height to further automate the vital analysis of the seabed condition. The detection of boulders is an important task to determine whether an area is suitable for construction such as pipeline planning. Hitherto, this was a manual and painstaking task for geophysicists and very costly for the industry.
SEADP has been in trial with two significant industry users/customers and trials have conclusively shown significant productivity gains from using the SEADP. In one of these trials, this package accurately recorded 4,600 boulder contacts in 3km of line data within 9 minutes, and produced the contact report detailing the ping number, boulder position, and boulder size within 50 minutes. This would typically take a geophysicist around 3 days including preparing reports.
Our SEADP AI technology development continues with current focus on man-made objects (MMO) and mine-like object (MLO) detection which will form part of our future technology releases for our Geophysical customers.