Short theoretical course on URready4OS has been produced for oil spill tracking with agents (AUVs, UAVs, USVs) and their integration with other existing technologies. This course allows the final users to understand how, when and where to deploy a fleet of AUVs, the operational capabilities and limitations. It include guidelines, protocols and routines both for communications between vehicles and to ground/ ship station as well as the procedures and requirements to join the fleet for any third party vehicles available.

1- Introduction and Project description

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A short description of the project is provided: aims, partners, actions, activities, implementation process, etc. The project achievements are introduced together with an outline of the course topics.

2- Oil Spill Response available tools

The fate of in water spilled oil is usually tracked by adaptive Lagrangian models such as MEDLISK, designed to be used to predict the transport and weathering of an oil spill. A part from models as key tool to trace oil fate, this chapter includes description of sensors for in water oil detection.

3- State of the art

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A summary of recently-available technologies and sensors for in situ measurement is given with emphasis on Autonomous Underwater Vehicles as tools for in water oil spill response.

3- State of the art_ Animation

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4- System description

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A comprehensive description of the system is performed comprising the diverse kinds of underwater, surface and aerial vehicles. Vehicles technical specifications are also provided together with advantages of using this technology.

5- System adaptability

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The system, as designed, can be scaled up – to include numerous vehicles in order to scan large areas – or scaled down – to a single vehicle for small slicks – being cost effective. AUV’s support extends the range of AUV operations. Solutions for different types of probes integration are also shown.

6- Neptus Command & Control

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The Command and Control console NEPTUS is the central piece of software coordinating the fleet. It can plan and execute mission for any kind of vehicles. Compatibility with most of the vehicles used during the project have been implemented in the project. A description of the software and its functionalities is provided in this talk.

6- Neptus Command & Control_Video

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7- Communications between agents

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The URready4Os system involves four types of agents: Operators, AUVs, UAVs and USVs. Communications are the key for the system coordination success. Two factors must be considered in the communication process: pathways and protocols. This talk describes both in order to approach the inner part of the system coordination.

8- Integration of different AUVs in NEPTUS

Several vehicles from different manufacturers with different operative systems have been integrated into Neptus for real time operations. Here, a description of different integrations is provided together with an outline of steps required to adapt the AUV’s software.