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Commerce: Hyperloop Construction
Entertainment: Light and Water Show Maintenance
Health: Environmental Cleanup
Safety: Risk Mitigation
What follows is a summary of the electrical and fluid power requirements for the SCOUT competition class. The complete design and building specifications will be included within the competition manual.
NOTE: Watch for new safety requirements and additional, detailed electrical specifications within the competition manuals.
SIZE AND WEIGHT POINT VALUES
The Port of Long Beach has included an ROV size and weight requirement in the request for proposals (RFP). Smaller, lighter vehicles will be given special consideration and vehicles above a certain size and weight will not be considered.
All size and weight measurements will include the vehicle, all tools and components, and the tether. The topside control system and 1 meter of tether going into the control system will NOT be included in the length or weight measurement. To receive points for smaller sized vehicles, the two largest dimensions of the vehicle and tether must fit through a round hole of the following dimensions:
|<40cm diameter||+10 points|
|40.01cm to 48 cm||+5 points|
NOTE: In addition to the size and/or weight limitations described above, companies must be able to personally transport the vehicle and associated equipment to the product demonstration station and to the technical sales presentation room. The ROV systems must be capable of being safely hand launched.
Teams are permitted to use the materials of their choice provided that they are safe, will not damage or otherwise mar the competition environment, and are within the defined design and building specifications.
Teams are encouraged to focus on engineering a vehicle to complete the product demonstration tasks; when considering design choices, teams should ask themselves which one most efficiently and effectively allows them to solve the problem. Re-using components built by previous team members is permitted provided that the current team members evaluate, understand, and can explain their engineering and operational principles. Using or re-using commercial components is also permitted, provided that team members evaluate, understand, and can explain their engineering and operational principles. Teams will be questioned extensively on their overall design and component selections during their technical sales presentations.
The complete competition manual will be released by November 15, 2016; teams have from that date until the regional events in the spring of 2017 to construct their vehicles and prepare the engineering and communication components (technical reports, engineering presentations, and poster displays). Visit the MATE website at www.marinetech.org or request to be added to the MATE competition listserve to ensure a timely delivery.
REGIONAL COMPETITION INFORMATION
Competition day for all classes: Saturday, April 29th, Northeastern Illinois University Physical Education Complex at 5500 North St. Louis Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Please note that all teams and spectators are only allowed use of the pool and gym areas. All other areas of the Physical Education Complex are off-limits.
General Competition Information:
The 2017 Scout fee is $25.
o The Systems Integration Diagram is due at the competition. It MUST be submitted to the safety judges in order to pass safety inspection and compete. The SID should be neatly hand drawn or created using a CAD software program. The diagram should not exceed one page in length and it MUST show an ROV system fuse.
o Adult company mentors may not participate in the safety check.
o Companies should set up their marketing displays in the Northeastern Illinois University gym the morning of the competition.
o Product presentations will be given by students (location TBD).
o Adult company mentors may observe the product presentation; however, they cannot participate.
o All SCOUT ROVs will be checked for size limits prior to product demonstrations. Smaller ROVs will receive point bonuses. For more information, see page 13-14 of the SCOUT competition manual.
o Companies shall provide a crew up to four people on the pool deck to operate the ROV System. Adult company mentors are not allowed on the pool deck.
o Each company will have one or two product demonstration attempts. The number of attempts will be dependent on overall competition registration and will be announced one week before the competition when schedules are released.
o The Shedd Midwest ROV MATE Regional Competition will be offering all four Scout Class product demonstration tasks.
o This is a new portion of the competition this year. Outreach and Inspiration efforts will be reviewed by competition coordinators and awarded 0 to 10 bonus points. For more information regarding the requirements for points, see the SCOUT manual (42-45).
NOTE: By submitting any documentation, you are giving the MATE Center permission to publish these documents on its web site.
On competition day, SCOUT companies will get one or two attempts (dependent on registration numbers) at the product demonstration. Each product demonstration time will consist of:
If you do get two attempts, the higher of the two product demonstration scores will be combined with the Engineering & Communication and Safety scores to determine the total, overall score for the competition.
An event schedule will be released the week before the competition. If companies have any time constraints that they wish the Shedd to consider, please contact the Underwater Robotics program manager, Sadie Norwick at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 1st, 2017.
The 2017 Shedd Midwest MATE ROV Regional competition will require exclusively Anderson Powerpole connections for all classes. All provided power supplies will only accommodate Anderson Powerpole connections.
Pool: The pool has a flat bottom. The depth for the SCOUT class product demonstrations is approximately 2.2 meters.
Product Demonstration Station: Product demonstration control stations will not have a table, chairs or video monitors. Each station will have access to a dedicated power supply.
Diver Support: Diver support will be available during the product demonstration runs, but any diver assistance will constitute a penalty.
PFDs: Companies are not required to wear PFDs at the pool edge. Shedd will NOT have PFDs available for use.
Power: SCOUT class companies will use either a dedicated power supply that will provide the nominal 12 volts or a 12 volt deep cycle marine battery. Onboard electrical power or power not provided by the tether, such as battery powered devices, is NOT allowed under any circumstance. Power supply connections will be Red/Black Anderson Powerpole Connectors. Companies’ ROV system power wires MUST have proper connectors to obtain power.
Shared equipment: If you are planning on sharing equipment (monitors, pressurized cylinders), please contact the Underwater Robotics program manager, Sadie Norwick at email@example.com by April 1st, 2017.
SCOUT teams are expected to visit the safety inspection judges at the Safety Check Station during their designated time. SCOUT companies should have a copy of their SID available for safety checks. See the Vehicle Design & Building Specifications (1.2) in the SCOUT Competition Manual for more information.
Propellers must either be inside the ROV frame or shrouded. It is highly recommended that all propellers are shrouded, regardless of placement. ROVs that have propellers exposed will not pass the safety inspection and will not be allowed to compete. A shroud must completely encircle the propeller and extend at least 2 cm in front of and behind the propeller.
Companies that pass the safety inspection will be given a safety flag (or card). Companies must present the safety flag to the product demonstration station judge in order to compete in the pool. Companies that fail their safety inspection must address the issue and contact the safety judges to be re-inspected. Please note that only students may address the issues. Adult company mentors are NOT allowed to offer assistance.