nIT- Rourkela graduates innovate robotics solution for underwater inspections
(Initially) founders Debendra Pradhan and Biswajit Swain developed an underwater self-driving car
Rourkela: For a country like India, inspection and commissioning of underwater infrastructure including dams, bridges and port structures remains a challenge in the absence of effective technological solutions. Two graduates of the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela (NIT-R), and three colleagues in the group are trying to bridge this technology gap by creating affordable solutions in underwater robotics.
Debendra Pradhan and Biswajit Swain, 27, founded Coratia Technology Pvt Ltd (CTPL) six months ago to change the dynamics of civil underwater infrastructure inspection for faster and safer results. Under the startup, they have developed an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) and Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) by utilizing advanced technologies such as scanning sonar, bathymetry, 3D mapping, and other AI-based technologies.
The founders said India currently has around four underwater robotics startups with CTPL being one among them. “The field of underwater robotics is more challenging with low market demand so far due to higher financing, cost and risk,” said Dipendra, a mechanical engineer who quit his job in the R&D wing of Mercedes-Benz in Germany and returned to India. Starting CTPL with teammate Biswajit at NIT-R.
Biswajit, a mechatronics and automation engineer, also left his well-paying job in the research and development wing of Development Alternatives in South Africa. Interested in the field of underwater robotics, they launched CTPL in 2021 and got their 2017 colleagues Swostik Rout, Yogesh PraRajapati, and Omprkash Patra as core members. Swostik, Yogesh and Omprakash are BTech graduates in Electrical, Chemical and Computer Science respectively.
“Since the field of underwater robotics is the least explored field with huge potential, we have seen a great future in it. Our startup is focused on the latest Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics technologies to achieve superior results in dynamic stability, maneuverability, and analytics compared to other available robots,” he said. piswaget.
Incubated by NIT-R’s Technology and Business Incubator (FTBI), CTPL develops and delivers customized underwater robotics solutions and consulting services. It envisages enhancing the resilience of critical infrastructures such as dams, bridges, docks, ports, gas and industrial liquid containers through sustainable technologies.
They said during the case studies that they found that the mandatory inspection of critical areas for underwater structures is either skipped or ends up with unsatisfactory results due to the unavailability of technology, resources and solutions. He said CTPL is improving the standalone NDT (Non-Destructive Testing) technology that will be used by AUV and RUV to change the dynamics of civil underwater infrastructure inspection with faster and safer results.
The team has already landed its first commercial assignment. You will be inspecting one gate of the Mandera Dam at Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) in Sheraa as it is suspected that some structural deformity has occurred and has caused the blockage.
The startup has also won several awards in the past six months. Not only was it named among the UK-India Tech Startup Launchpad’s Top 100 Startups, but it also won the NXP Tech Startup Challenge 2022 of the Ministry of Trade and Industry and Dutch company NXP Semiconductors. CTPL won the Chunati 2.0 (NextGen Start-up Challenge) of the Ministry of Information Technology and Electronics and was awarded a NIDHI EIR grant from the Ministry of Science and Technology.
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