Project Announcement: Automated Inspection Tools and Systems Test and Evaluation to Improve Marine Corrosion Management and Control

The US Department of Defense is partnering with industry and academia on an initiative to assess capabilities of various automated inspection systems and provide direction and guidance to enable rapid transition of maintenance and sustainment technologies to the NAVSEA maintenance and sustainment enterprise.

An industry partner must have the capabilities to test and demonstrate:

  • A comparison of automated (robotic) inspection technologies capable of rapid, accurate, and non-hazardous inspection of hulls (above and below the waterline), superstructure, mast, and internal tanks on Navy surface ships subject to corrosion.
  • A comparative evaluation of the cost, accuracy, and hazards associated with current inspection methods and automated inspection capabilities with gap analysis and supporting risk assessment.
  • An analysis of how current inspection methods can be improved and augmented with automated robotic technologies.
  • An analysis of commercially available and readily deployable automated technologies capable of improving inspections, data collection, and analytics using integrated systems.
  • An evaluation of how digital twin models would be leveraged with real-time actual inspection data and advanced imaging to enable a more comprehensive analysis for conditions-based maintenance for surface and shore-based infrastructure, where appropriate.

If you feel your organization has the technical capabilities and would like to be considered for this project, please complete the form below and upload your organization’s technical capabilities statement.

Interested Submissions Due by 1/30/24.

We encourage participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).