SIA Solutions, LLC is leading a team of cross-functional engineering experts to design, build and test an automated, articulated concrete mat sinking prototype for application on a barge in support of the United States Corps of Engineers (USACE) mission to maintain navigational waterways critical to U.S. national security. The team includes: the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC), Bristol Harbor Group, Inc, and the American Bureau of Shipping Group, Inc. SIA is performing a key integrating role under Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) W15QKN-13-09-0001, Prototype Project Agreement (PPA) No. SINIT-16-0010 as administered by the Consortium for Energy, Environment, and Demilitarization (CEED) in support of this endeavor. Following the land-based prototype testing, SIA will manufacture, install, and commission a full-scale robotic system on a newly constructed USACE barge under OTA W15QKN-17-09-8888, PPA No. CEED-18-0022. Within both Task Orders, Contracting Officer’s Representative and technical oversight responsibilities for the project are provided by the USACE, Marine Design Center (MDC), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; who in turn is working with the USACE Districts in Vicksburg, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee; and New Orleans, Louisiana. The USACE Vicksburg District is the leading entity for financial support of this project.
The basic objectives of theserobotics project are:
- Design, fabricate, and test automated mat laying technology including mechanical, sensing, and control systems for application on a barge vessel platform.
- The design shall include process systems to enable control of functional components for placing mat squares onto the assembly barge; successfully connecting the squares; and ultimately placing the mats on the waterway bottom.
- The prototype shall be a full-scale, functioning system to demonstrate the form, fit, and function of the technology(s).
- The design should utilize commercial off the shelf (COTS) items to the extent possible.
- The automated system shall utilize software, computer code, and intellectual property that can be obtained commercially or provided to a contractor for full production, to the extent possible.
- Design a full-scale barge that is integrated with automated mat laying technologies that is fully classed in accordance with ABS Rules for Building and Classing Steel Vessels for Service on Rivers and Intracoastal Waterways 2017.
- Optimize and expand the land-based prototype design. Manufacture, install, and commission a Full Width Robotic System (FWRS) on a newly constructed USACE barge.
The FWRS is expected to provide a more cost efficient and safer automated process that will improve the USACE’s capability to stabilize critical navigation waterways and ensure that they are available to complete the DoD mission.
Contract Value SINIT-16-0010: $31,375,923.03
Contract Value CEED-18-0022: $48,355,855.48
TOTAL Contract Value: $79,731,778.51